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Are Tucker Carlson and Bernie Sanders Joining Forces Against Jeff Bezos?

The wild world of politics can get goosey at times. For some time now Bernie Sanders (a liberal socialist and a millionaire) has been making fun of Jeff Bezos (a liberal and the wealthiest man in the world) because Bezos’s companies have many employees who earn so little at their jobs that they also need government-provided welfare to keep body and soul together.

One suspects that Bernie is just pulling the old Jesse Jackson trick of shaking down a rich businessman and is trying to coerce some cash from Bezos, and for a while I thought that Tucker Carlson, who has been reporting Sanders’ badgering of Bezos on his nightly Fox television program, was just making fun of Sanders because the leftist senator from Vermont is a rich, socialism-espousing hypocrite.

But Mr. Carlson, whose Fox TV program I dote on and watch faithfully, is taking his ridicule of Bezos more seriously than I’m comfortable with, by comparing Bezos’s under-paying an employee with a moral issue, because some employees’ lack of income causes the average American to have to subsidize the Amazon empire with higher taxes and more federal bureaucracy in order to provide financial assistance to those employees. It seems that Tucker may have missed the point that businesses are not established to assure a large income to employees, but were rather set up to make money for the employer.

The argument that Amazon is under-paying its employees reminds me of some fool union organizer who used to appear occasionally as a talking head on TV, and always took the opportunity to bash Wal-Mart for under-paying its employees and not allowing unionization of their stores, while at the same time he would ridicule Wal-Mart employees for continuing to work for peanuts at the evil Wal-Mart. This more-intelligent-than-thou ridicule of employees for working for any particular company is insulting to the employees who are the best deciders of whom they will work for and how much money they will accept for their efforts.

There’s also the argument that an employer, such as Wal-Mart and Amazon, must decide the salary that’s advantageous for them to pay for the positions for which they are hiring. So as things have always worked, the employer sets the salary and the employee accepts or rejects the job offered. It seems that Tucker may be stepping on the toes of both the employer and the employee with his anti-Bezos position, just like the anti-Wal-Mart lackey criticized Wal-Mart, but it’s none of a third-party’s business. Salaries are negotiable and a person working for an employer has already accepted the employer‘s offer.

One hopes Tucker is just poking fun at the left in his aligning with dumb old Bernie, and I share his making fun of both Sanders and Bezos.

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About Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor and Verisign manager, 72 years old, living in the Kansas City area.

2 comments

  1. Dave, like you, I’m a big fan of Tucker’s. His candor and lack of PC is the audio version of our own cartoonist, Tony Branco.

    At times Tucker is so subtle that it’s difficult to ‘catch’ and I think this may have been the case here. (I Hope)

    Let’s face it Bezos is a jerk, and a rich one at that. A perfect TC subject. On the other hand Bernie is also rich but obnoxious…again a perfect target……& even Bernie’s ego bought into it.

    I’m still looking for the poor man that creates jobs and a business man that isn’t looking for profit. (I’m not holding my breath)

    Viva Tucker Carlson!!

  2. The toxic component of socialism is that mysterious substance / “deadly sin” no one ever talks about. ENVY!

    We hear over and over again about the “greedy rich”! It’s the mantra of the socialist / communist to sell communism (the same thing as socialism but with less blood – at least at first) on the cushy platform of MATERIALISM! Think about how Karl Marx ranted against the middle class who’s only nexus to his fellow man was cold hard cash. “From each according to his ability to each according to his need”; the idea that people are indeed responsible for people and yet deliberately irresponsible to their “duty” to be generous!

    The ONLY answer to the Socialist is the Expertise of gov’t. They steal gov’t. and transform it from the protector of Rights to redistributor of wealth. In other words the socialist steals wealth by STEALING the LAW!! With the Law the socialist now feels “Just” and “Righteous” to take our wealth and the middle with no opportunity to enjoy the blessings of being generous. The Greedy AND Envious Socialist HATES the middle class – not because they are RICH but because, by and large, they ARE generous – or at least they have been.

    Furthermore the socialist clings to his lies because he cannot bear to face his own emaciated soul deprived of any goodness. He has no inclination to be generous himself. He is a selfish, void-of-worth person and deep down he knows it. The answer is NEVER to reflect inwardly – but rather place blame outwardly – for his own pitiful FAILINGS!!! Socialism makes the “collective” responsible and the individual blameless!

    Fundamentally Socialists HATE competition! They are envy-mongers who cannot sell their lies in a society not FOCUSED on materialism. They cannot generate ENVY in a principled, Virtue oriented society – where generosity is spontaneous out of the individual’s gratitude toward the Source of the blessings he enjoys! Socialism is an EASY sell to the Envious Poor so the socialist does all he can to make sure the poor KNOWS he is poor BECAUSE the Greedy Rich stole the wealth that they have from the poor!

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