We have seen a new tactic in the class warfare being waged by the right in recent days, with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong telling his employees that because two of them had infants which had medical problems that had cost millions, he found it necessary to change the company’s contribution to their 401k plans.
Next we had real estate mogul and billionaire Sam Zell who claimed that we lowly members of the 99% should just buck up and work harder like the 1% do and we could all join them in their ivory towers.
Finally we have Bud Konheim, CEO of Nicole Miller manufacturer of designer clothing who says that in India we would be the one percent.
These three men are displaying a complete disconnect from reality. They have no idea what it is like for the working man struggling to feed his family, keep clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads. In their world, we are better off than those in other countries and they cannot understand why we would have any complaints that their income skyrockets ever higher while ours remains stagnant as prices for everything rise.
Chris Hayes has had it with them and their cavalier attitudes and told them so in no uncertain terms on All In on MSNBC.
He points out that there are children who were missing the only really good meal they can count on every day because they are out of school on a snow day and not getting the free lunch that the school provides.
Then there are the cuts made in the SNAP program to provide tax cuts and corporate welfare for the ultra rich, these cuts do not harm the very wealthy they harm the least among us and yet these pathetic men do not understand why we have people who are complaining that they do not have enough — after all they have more than most people in India or China.
Hayes points to Zell, saying that in spite of his claim, it’s people like him who are providing for the rest of us. Zell was the man who bought The Tribune in 2008 for $8.2 billion only to declare bankruptcy less than a year later, costing 4,200 jobs while the executives in the corner offices collected multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses, that is not providing for anyone other than the 1%.
Hayes’ guest Nick Hanauer explained that no matter what they say people such as Zell, Konheim and Armstrong are indifferent to the working man and it is really all about privilege and power.
“When you begin to challenge that status,” Hanauer said, “you’re calling into question the idea, for instance, that economic inequality is a good thing. You’re not challenging their pocketbooks, you’re challenging their manhood.”
Watch Hayes and Hanauer explain this empathy gap in the video below.