Wednesday, April 05, 2006

McCain Insults American Workers

What was John McCain thinking when he made these comments after someone questioned his commitment to unionized labor because he favors guest-worker provisions for immigrants?
McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain's job offer.

"I'll take it!" one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

Some in the crowd said they didn't appreciate McCain questioning their work ethic.
Is McCain out of touch with reality? How many immigrant workers get paid $50 an hour to pick lettuce or any other crop?

And what an insult to all workers when he insisted that no American would do such menial labor for a complete season. What American workers WILL NOT DO - and SHOULD NOT DO - is work menial, back-breaking jobs for minimum wage or less so corporations can earn higher profits. People can't even put a roof over their head or food on the table with minimum wage.

It sounds to me like McCain has been hanging out with the Washington elite too long.


pissed off patricia said...

McCain is nuts. No one gets fifty bucks an hour to pick anything. They are lucky to get even fifty dollars a day. That's how out of touch he is with what he's talking about. He needs to shut the hell up and go away.

He's lost it!

abi said...

He has been going off the deep end lately, hasn't he? He had something most pols don't have -- credibility -- and he's squandering it, much like Colin Powell.

Kathleen Callon said...

Boo... he's been hanging out with Karl Rove too long apparently.

Kathy said...

I have to agree with all of you. McCain has definitely lost credibility after these remarks, and he was one of those rare politicians who could reach across the aisle and gain the respect of others.

Rory Shock said...

it certainly does ... there are many of thousands who would do the work for 50 bucks ... or any work for 50 bucks an hour ... what the fuck is he talking about ... are the "immigrants" a super race ... a different species? what the fuck is he talking about ... what a complete douche bag ... I never liked his sorry ass ...