Congressman strikes again, calls American workers “Midgets”

December 13, 2012 8:30 am

by Mark Rountree · 8 comments

Quickly approaching “LOL status” on McKinney-esque levels, Congressman Hank Johnson Wednesday actually called American workers “Midgets” — and their employers “Giants”.

TheHill.com points out the obvious that, “many consider this (calling people “Midgets”) a slur.”

Said Johnson about the “Giants’, “They need those Midgets, they need the Midgets out there. They need the workers to actually produce the goods or service that is traded in return for the money, which strengthens the Giants.” (But apparently in Johnson’s view, those services traded in return for money presumably don’t strengthen … the “Midgets”).

Careful. Guam’s tipping™ again.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

“Quickly approaching “LOL status” on McKinney-esque levels”

You only wish for that to be true.

“TheHill.com points out the obvious that, “many consider this (calling people “Midgets”) a slur.””

So, are you for political correctness or against it? But I guess “midgets” far superior to calling Obama “uppity” like Lynn Westmoreland did I suppose. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2008/09/05/28688/westmoreland-uppity/?mobile=nc

(But apparently in Johnson’s view, those services traded in return for money presumably don’t strengthen … the “Midgets”)

It doesn’t if the money received is very low. Working for very low wages does not strengthen the worker. The whole feudalism thing proved that. The serfs were all employed, worked very hard all their lives, but at the end of the day they were still serfs because they were inadequately compensated for their labor. Virtually all of the benefits of their labor went to the giants, and the serfs were left with barely enough to live on. (By the way, tax rates were relatively low in the feudal era also.)

Johnson is not anti-business. He is a former entrepreneur himself. He is just not supply side fairy pixie dust adherent, or a “big business can do no wrong – even when they do and criminally so” apologist. In other words, pro-business but not a neo-con.

Mark Rountree December 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

Did you mean to misspell the word “proletariat”?

Ed is Amazing December 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

Real proles never got a chance to do no fancy book-learnin’, Mark.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

And where would I have misspelled proletariat? Show me. No matter what Neil Cavuto claims, not being a modern neo-con does not make one a Marxist.

griftdrift December 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

Mark is kind of like the meme-fairy

Mark Rountree December 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

Grift, we’ve already seen enough abuse of the midgets on this board today. Please don’t insult the “meme fairies”, as well.

It’s the season for tolerance, not hate.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

griftdrift is just being uppity. So YOU LIE!

saltycracker December 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

The Republican win at the cliff is an agreement that curbs spending and/or limits it to a percentage of GDP even with an increase in tax percentages at the top rates.

It could be a big win – do they see that ?

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