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CEO Tells ‘Daily Show’ That Mentally Retarded Workers Should Earn $2 Per Hour

Most of the content on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is hysterical, but a CEO recently interviewed on the program made horrifically offensive comments about mentally retarded people. Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff spoke to correspondent Samantha Bee about the possibility of Barack Obama raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and said it would have devastating effects on the economy.

However, Schiff raised plenty of eyebrows by suggesting that mentally retarded people should work for $2 per hour. “I believe in the principles this country was founded on,” he said. “I’m not going to say we’re all created equal. You’re worth what you’re worth.”

He argued that it was government programs and not low wages that were destroying the economy and said fast food workers didn’t appear to have issues with their salary. “Did you ever go into a McDonald’s or Burger King?” he said. “I don’t really eat there, but they don’t seem desperate and hungry to me. They’re young kids. They seem to be enjoying themselves mostly.”

Schiff’s comments couldn’t be further from the truth, though. Fast food workers across the country have held numerous strikes to protest what they believe are unfair wages and inadequate working conditions. Some employers have responded to this sharply; last December, The entire staff of a sandwich shop in Chicago were fired via e-mail after going on strike to obtain better wages and working conditions. Doug Besant, the Director of Operations at Snarf’s Sub Shop, sent the Christmas “thanks” just three days before the holiday.

(Photo: Reuters)


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  • TexasMike

    Typical right winger. Has no problem paying slave wages while he is obscenely overpaid.

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    • andacar

      Unfortunately it’s very believable. These guys live in a different world than the rest of us peons. He literally has no idea what it’s like to work in a fast food restaurant from night till noon. It’s the 18th century French aristocracy all over again.

  • Vincent Caione

    what a pc of you know what.

  • Kevin Green

    They laugh and sneer while regular people that blindly support cons have no explanation for this

  • Patrick Nance

    And you sir, are completely worthless as a human being. Who do you think made all that frigging money for you because you damn sure didn’t! You are just a paper pusher and don’t do anything to warrant the air that you breathe daily. Get a job then tell me what you are worth and how it stacks up to my income! I save lives… what the eff do you do?