Fast Food Strikers Should Blame Obama And Get Real Jobs, Says Conservative Twitter Echo Chamber

Strike Strikers march outside a Wendy’s restaurant in Boston as a part of a nationwide fast food workers’ strike asking for $15 per hour wages and the right to form unions.  Reuters/Brian Snyder

It’s being called the largest fast-food strike in history, a rallying cry for thousands of underpaid labors eager to call attention to income disparity and a long-stagnant minimum wage. But if a handful of social media loudmouths are to be believed, it’s just more hot air from the greedy, lazy pro-Obama camp.

Amid staged walkouts by U.S. service workers in some 50 cities Thursday, conservative commentators took time criticize the workers’ movement and marginalize the strikers for daring to demand a fair wage.

“Only in Obama’s America would so many people demand to be paid so much more than they’re worth,” tweeted Neal Boortz, the Libertarian radio host.

It was a sentiment echoed by Boortz’s more well-known counterpart, Rush Limbaugh, who spent a good part of his radio show Thursday wondering why the protesters aren’t blaming President Obama for their workplace woes.

“None of them blame Obama,” he ranted. “They’re just angry. I don't know who they’re angry at, but they’re down on America.”

Obama, incidentally, has pushed for raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from its current $7.25. The wage has been increased only eight times in the last 30 years, and it is far outpaced by the price of inflation. A full-time worker making minimum wage earns just $15,000 a year. Indeed, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, even a hike to $9 an hour would keep minimum-wage workers below the poverty threshold, which is expected to hit $24,635 by 2015.

Nevertheless, the idea that fast-food workers are greedy mooches -- or that they should “just get better jobs” -- persists among a subset of the conservative echo chamber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a similar story on Facebook, where event pages for protests in various cities attracted criticism and derision from fellow Facebook users telling the strikers to “go to school or trade school and then get a real job.”

FBPost Event pages organizing fast food strikes attracted criticism from Facebook users.  Facebook

Strikers fought back, though. Under hashtags such as #RaiseTheWage and #829Strike, Twitter users have been posting pictures of protests at walkouts across the country, including employees of McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD), Wendy’s Co. (NASDAQ:WEN) and Kentucky Fried Chicken, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

The companies themselves have largely been silent on the strike, but it should go without saying they’re not lovin’ it.

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