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Monday, February 10, 2014

Under Obamacare, you can quit your dead-end job and work for yourself. Conservatives hate that

Gateway Pundit - Like Clockwork... Liberal Media Cheers Americans Quitting Their Jobs to Live Off Government Teat
The always dependable wingnut blogger Jim Hoft supplies us with our sample headline here. It’s usually the case that Hoft is only useful for pointing and laughing at for his clumsy and transparent attempts at propaganda. But in this case, he’s pretty much representative of the new rightwing take on this latest turn of Obamcare events:

Washington Post: Count Polly Lower among those who quit their jobs because of the health-care law.

It happened in September, when her boss abruptly changed her job description. She went from doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed. At another time, she might have had to grit her teeth and accept the new position because she needed the health benefits.

But with the health-care law soon to take effect, she simply resigned — and hasn’t looked back.

“It was wonderful. It was very freeing,” said Lower, 56, of Bourbon, Ind., who is now babysitting her 5-year-old granddaughter full time. With the help of federal subsidies that kicked in Jan. 1, she is paying less than $500 a month for health coverage for herself and her husband.
Obviously, Lower isn’t “living off the government teat,” as Hoft puts it, because you can’t eat healthcare and insurance won’t pay the rent. What she was able to do was quit a job she hated with a lousy employer and find a better way to pay the bills. While it’s not a very ambitious or long-term business plan, she has become an entrepreneur .

Turns out conservatives hate that.

And why wouldn’t they? These are the same people who think asking for more than the minimum wage makes you some sort of freeloader. These are the sort of people who mock workers for drawing a paycheck. These are the people who think reducing income inequality is a form of class warfare.

Want to quit your soul-crushing, dream-smashing job and start your own business — or even take some time off to get a better education or just find a job better suited to your skills?

Not if conservatives have anything to say about it.

It’s never been clearer that the right isn’t about what’s good for working people — i.e., the vast majority of Americans. It’s about what’s good for employers. It’s about cheap labor and few rights for workers. And now wage slavery. That can’t figure out how to make being trapped in a dead-end job look good, so they — like Hoft — try to make being able to leave that job look bad.

And since the best they can come up with is chuckleheaded spin worthy of Jim Hoft, they’re not going to have a lot of luck.

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