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Sean Hannity: Just Eat Rice and Beans


So much I’d like to say…

Everyman Sean Hannity was absolutely flabbergasted on his radio show yesterday when a caller dared to suggest that Mitt Romney’s wealth made him unrelatable. “When was the last time he went to bed, or woke up, hungry?” the “communist” asked. Choosing to take the comment very literally, Hannity argued that poverty and hunger are not linked; even the poorest Americans, he argued, have freezers, televisions, and DVDs. “They just don’t have the best and the latest,” he said. “I never went to bed hungry in my life, ever,” he added unsurprisingly. Then Hannity recommended a recipe:

I don’t believe people are going to bed hungry. … For, instance I have friends of mine who eat rice and beans all the time. Beans protein, rice. Inexpensive. You can make a big pot of this for a week for negligible amounts of money and you can feed your whole family.

Look, you should have vegetables and fruit in there as well, but if you need to survive you can survive off it. It’s not ideal but you could get some cheap meat and throw in there as well for protein. There are ways to live really, really cheaply.

Hannity makes about $10 million per year — he should invite his “friends” over for dinner more often.

NYMag

4 comments on “Sean Hannity: Just Eat Rice and Beans

  1. I know people who eat roaches – protein!

  2. Much of this “stuff” originates from a flawed view of the “Protestant work ethic” which has now been embraced by many conservative Catholics, as well as conservative protestants. The Protestant work ethic is based on “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thes 3:10. If you look inside the mind of someone like Hannity, what you will find is an understanding of this verse that indicates that if someone is hungry, it is because they are not working and making money to buy food. And if they are not working, it is because they are UNWILLING to work. This is because, in the mind of Hannity, all you have to do is open the newspaper in ANY location in the USA and you will find countless help wanted ads. Thus anyone who is hungry has no excuse and, if they have to eat enough “beans and rice”, then they will become sufficiently motivated and FIND A JOB.

    It never occurs to these people that most of the help wanted ads in the press today are not even serious offers of employment. Employers are REQUIRED to publicize even POTENTIAL job opportunities. Thus many of these “job offers” only mean that the employer is TAKING APPLICATIONS. In reality, there may be little or even no actual hiring going on. It also never occurs to these people that many of the help wanted ads actually represent scams. And virtually all of the serious and legitimate job offers publicized end up in the help wanted section because the educational requirements and skill sets are so stringent that it is almost impossible for the employer to find candidates.

    It also never occurs to these people that many who “would not work” ARE employed AND are being payed VERY GENEROUSLY. They, in fact, don’t have to work to maintain their employment because they have the right CONNECTIONS. All they have to do is SHOW UP, and they are sent home with a paycheck at the end of the week or at the end of the month. They are the Bernie Madoffs of the world and they occupy positions in the job force all the way from the wage earner level to the executive suites and the board rooms. Many of these people have never really worked a day in their lives, but have never known hunger a day in their lives either. Facilitating these people IS a violation of the command in 2 Thes 3.10 and people like Hannity are turning a blind eye to it.

    Additionally, it never occurs to these people that many hard working people are so poorly compensated that even THEY are hungry much of the time. People like Hannity simply come up with all of these tales about how people made it through the Great Depression of the 30s because of all their “character” and “resourcefulness” without any consideration of the fact that the world was a very different place then, and even in light of that, people DID suffer greatly then and it wasn’t all so easy as people like Hannity imagine it.

    Of course the big payoff for those like Hannity, of course, is that in their mind, it justifies all sorts of cuts to social programs resulting in LOWER TAXES for people like themselves. At the same time it “benefits” the “poor” by motivating them to work harder and become “rich”. The whole concept is a faulty and twisted application of the “protestant work ethic”.

    • George my first thought reading this was Hannity needs to make a trip into Appalachia. A looong slow trip stopping in to visit every household he comes upon.

      Memorable quote from Scrooge:

      First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.

      Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?

      First Collector: Plenty of prisons.

      Ebenezer: And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?

      First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.

      Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.

      First Collector: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.

      Ebenezer: Why?

      Thats the attitude of Hannity and those like him in today’s America: They ask “Why?”..when “they can eat rice and beans”

      Or like Marie Antoinette when being told the peasants had no bread, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”…”Let them eat cake”.

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