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11.04.2015

Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC

Here's a clip from Melissa Harris Perry's show on MSNBC where she's interviewing Alfonso Aguilar, a conservative and former official in Bush Administration;

Aguilar Let's be fair if there is somebody who is a hard worker, when he goes to Washington, it's Paul Ryan.  He not only works with the Republicans but Democrats--you know very well that I work on the immigration issue, trying to get Republicans to support immigration reform.  Paul Ryn is somebody who has supported immigration reform, has worked with somebody like Luiz Guiterrez.  Luiz Guiterrez speaks hightly of Paul Ryan, this is somebody who is trying to govern--

Melissa Harris Perry Alphonso, I feel you, but I just want to pause on one thing because I don't disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role, but I want us to be super careful when we use the language "hard worker", because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall because it is a reminder of what hard work looks like.  So I feel you that he's a hard worker.  I do, but in the context of relative privilege and I just want to point out that when you talk about work life balance and being a hard worker the moms who don't have health care who are working--we don't call them hard workers.  We call them failures.  We call them people who are sucking off the system.....no really ya'll do, that is what you guys do as a party.

Aguilar No that is very unfair.  I think we can not generalize about the Republican party.

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W.O.W.  Yet another example of where political correctness has stifled our ability to express simple ideas - 'hard worker' is apparently a micro aggression.  What, then, according to Perry, would be the correct way to describe Paul Ryan's work ethic?  "A person of privilege who's fully utilized his plenteous opportunities", perhaps.....since, apparently, "hard worker" is reserved for slaves or single moms without health insurance.

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