I listen to talk radio when I am in my car. Satellite radio isn't good enough (Howard Stern Withstanding) to pay for, so I listen to AM radio. FM doesn't offer anything for me.
Anyway, when I don't listen to sports radio (When the Mets are losing) I tend to listen to right wing radio , which seems to be the only other options of talk radio. Left wing radio tends to be on weak signals. I listen to it on my computer though.
Anyway, there are different kinds of right wing hosts. There are the Bush Stooge types, The strident religious types, The "liberals are ruining America" ones, and ones like Larry Kudlow, ones that advocate the so called "free market libertarian" philosophy. Basically it's the "I got mine, fuck you, on yours" philosophy.
He's an Ayn Rand disciple. These are people who embraced the laissez-faire form of capitalism that was espoused in the book Atlas Shrugged, a work of fiction, and a book that perpetuates fraud.
The problem, of course is that was the very form of capitalism that sent us in the worst depression of our history. The people don't believe in taxes for the idle rich. They embrace the industrialists, the CEOs, the Wall Street types, which is fine but they feel that people who are born rich shouldn't pay a penny in taxes and that there shouldn't be any tax on any form of dividends, stocks and bonds.
So who is to pay for all the roads that transports the goods across the country to all the good consumers, the military that protects all their vast assets, the ports that bing in the goods? Why, you the working public of course!
Of course they want to eliminate minimum wage, and want the working class of the USA to compete with third world nations in pay.
They think we need to do this to invite competition, to keep costs low so they can increase their dividends. They have third or fourth homes to buy, cigars to smoke, and the press to control.
So, why does Larry Kudlow piss me off?
A caller called in his radio show, The caller foolishly thought he had kinship with Kudlow, when he talked about his fear of an expansion of trucking in the United States from Mexican truckers. The caller had the xenophobic view in which he worried he would lose his job to Mexican nationals who would be working as he put it for "$15 a day" with unsafe trucks on our US highways.
Now, I get tired of people using Mexicans as scapegoats. However, in challenging the caller's view, Kudlow didn't attack him for his xenophobia, he scoffed him for being afraid of "competition".
Competition?! With what? Poverty wages?!
The weird thing is that Kudlow and his three? guests went on mocking the caller saying that should we go back to the railroad to transport goods?
The canal system?
Should we go back to lugging products on our backs? That would create jobs!
I would go along with that thinking if the caller's job was being replaced by a robot that was more efficient and safer. But that was not the case. Innovations have been slow coming recently in the transportation of goods and the elimination of back breaking work that still needs to be done to provide humidors for Kudlow and co. The recent philosophy of the monied right wing has been to have people doing the same job or more work for less money.
That's not progress. Far from it.
If you were to truly take Kudlow's argument to the logical extreme, why not bring back slavery? Of course we would call it something else, call it an "opportunity" and with our new form of slavery, we don't even have to worry about feeding the workers or provide housing, heck, we can replace them through a temp agency when they aren't doing their job in increasing Larry Kudlow's portfolio's worth.
Don't think it will happen? I wouldn't be so sure.
What an asshole!