Michael Schaus

A firm grasp of the obvious is clearly not a prerequisite for obtaining employment with MSNBC as a host or commentator. In fact, it seems that the possession of a certain creative ignorance – not generally found among individuals with shreds of common sense – is highly praised at the left wing “news” network. MSNBC talking head, Touré Neblett, claimed via twitter that job creation is an ineffective way of fighting poverty.

Via Touré’s twitter account (hat tip to Twitchy.com):

Aside from the grotesque void of factual accuracy in Touré’s comments, the unmitigated lunacy of his assertion illustrates the degree to which our culture has become intellectually bankrupt. Common sense would generally dictate that such an assertion be greeted with a palm to the face, a rolling of the eyes, or an incredulous chuckle, and nothing more. But, for sake of practice, let’s tackle the nonsensical claim anyway:

To begin with, the comments tweeted by Touré are, not surprisingly, based on his class-warrior perspective of capitalism, and not fact. According to a 2013 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 4.2 percent of full time workers classify as being impoverished. Of part time workers, only 14.4 percent are federally defined as the working poor. With 95.8 percent of full time workers above the federal poverty line, it would be difficult to see full time work as anything other than an opportunity to avoid the bread lines.

Oh… And thanks to Obamacare, more workers are now seeing their hours cut to part-time status, which means a larger number of Americans are likely to find themselves below the poverty line. In the left’s altruistic effort to help the impoverished, they have actually expanded poverty. Maybe they just wanted help more people?

Once upon a time, according to not only common sense but actual economists, it was simply taken as fact that earning money tends to make one less poor. In fact, this basic principle of earning money, is what the vast majority of tax-paying Americans spend a large portion of their day doing in an effort to avoid the crippling effects of poverty.


Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.