Barack Obama v. The Workingman

By Bill Maher

Here’s a fun fact: Facebook spent $19 billion to buy the messaging app WhatsApp. That’s more than is typically spent in each year on humanitarian aid worldwide.

WhatsApp employs 55 people – about one fourth as many as your average Cheesecake Factory.

I’m not suggesting that Facebook should have spent that $19 billion on mosquito nets, or developing a treatment for Ebola (although it would’ve been nice of them), but all they’ve really accomplished with this deal is to make a few more people in Silicon Valley billionaires.

Shouldn’t they feel ashamed of themselves? And at what point are we going to have to admit that maybe Marx had the right idea? (Karl, not Richard.)

Amazon is another one of those companies that doesn’t actually employ the temp workers at its warehouses; they’re employed by a temp agency that pays them $11 or $12 an hour.

And of course those employees can’t be treated with a modicum of human dignity, so every day at the end of their shift they have to line up for nearly thirty minutes and be searched to make sure they didn’t steal anything.

The employees would like to be paid for that time. Their employer says no. And so they sued, and it’s now before the Supreme Court.

I’m taking the side of the employees. If the search isn’t optional (and it’s not), then they should be paid for it.

But the Obama administration disagrees. The hero of the workingman filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of Amazon.

Why? Beats me. Maybe he figures if Amazon has to pay an extra five bucks a day to its temp workers, our precarious economic recovery will collapse?