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Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty


Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty

Deepak Bhargava

To be “poor” in America isn’t an identifying characteristic or a defining trait, like being forgetful or creative or tall.

Being a low-income American comes from being paid a low income.

It seems like a basic point, but it’s one Andy Puzder needs to review. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which employs more than 20,000 people and worldwide owns, operates and franchises more than 3,300 fast food restaurants, including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.


“What Puzder forgets to point out is that it is poverty wages—poverty wages paid by institutions like Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. to many of their 20,000-plus employees— that force families to turn to nutrition and housing assistance, and other government-supplemented work supports, just to get by.”

Alas, you are too kind, Mr. Bhargava! Puzder has not forgotten a thing. It’s persons like himself who fund think tanks that produce the fruits of deception in the form of P.R., alternative narratives, and lies told often… particularly on Fox News. With so many white Christian conservative viewers, the Frank Luntz P.R. luminaries go to work fixing a narrative that speaks to their “Inner Calvinists.” That entity is the old religious canard that insists that persons with wealth are proving God’s blessing; and in contrast, those without, are “demonstrating God’s disapproval.” It’s the oldest “blame the victim” sludge that’s ever been mined from the collective consciousness; and since it’s so useful and appealing to the 1% donor caste, it’s refashioned for each era and parlayed as the basis for poverty.

Bastards like Puzder would rather pay Think Tanks, contribute to ALEC and the like, then pay their own employees a living wage.

If there was such a thing as a place called Hell, it would be adding new wings faster than corporations are plundering the 3rd world. After all, there is a virtual legion of Ebenezer Scrooge clones now running the business world for the bloated profits of the 1%… and they require narratives to justify their oppressive greed (and the policies put in place to satisfy it).

There is a difference between believing the pre-paid-for pabulum that’s parlayed across the corporate media and using it to advance one’s own dark interests. Today’s corporate titans qualify for the latter. Let’s not give them a pass by granting them the benefit of ignorance when they are FUNDING the disinformation campaigns in place to blame victims, i.e. underpaid workers.