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Gina Rinehart still won't shut up.

2:36 pm - 09/05/2012
World’s Richest Woman Suggests Workers Should Make $2 Per Day

The world’s richest woman has equated Australia’s minimum wage to “class warfare,” following her controversial article last week where she called poor workers coddled, lazy drunks. Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, who inherited her $30 billion fortune and mining empire, pointed to workers who make less than $2 as a model for economic competitiveness in mining:

"We must be realistic, not just promote class warfare. Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry.

The evidence is unarguable that Australia is indeed becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export- orientated business. Africans want to work. Its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future."

Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard responded harshly to Rinehart. “It’s not the Australian way to toss people $2, to toss them a gold coin, and then ask them to work for a day,” Gillard said. “We support proper Australian wages and decent working conditions.”

Rinehart’s flawed logic draws on a popular myth among U.S. conservatives, that increasing the minimum wage would impact job and economic growth. But a significant body of research shows that higher minimum wages have no effect on employment levels.

Source: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/south-african-miners-threaten-violence-unless-strike-expands-1.942877

It's amazing how you can have a person so obscenely wealth, but so IMMENSELY stupid and selfish at the same time.
atomic_joe2 5th-Sep-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Someone who inherited her wealth complaining about those that have to work for theirs. You couldn't make it up. It often seems that the richer you are the more backward and heartless you become.
angel_boi 5th-Sep-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
this. take away any money she didn't earn herself and then lets talk about competitive markets
aviv_b 5th-Sep-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, we know how hard you worked for your money.....oh, nevermind.
bleakwinters 5th-Sep-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Please, just shut the fuck up already. no1curr about your views.
mercystars 5th-Sep-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Well why stop there? Why not bring back indentured servitude, and old-skool, too, so if the parents die off before their debt is paid, the responsibility for paying off that debt will fall on any children they might have! Why not bring back slavery? Shit, just fucking THINK of all the money you'd save not having to pay your workers a single fucking dime! And if they get sick or old, you could have them killed! Legally, too! And then...TURNED INTO SOYLENT GREEN!!! -10 for not thinking outside of the box, lady.
rainbow_fish 5th-Sep-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
This all ovah the place.
starbonds 5th-Sep-2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see her survive on $2 a day.
bushy_brow 5th-Sep-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Or NOT survive. Either way.
windsong_moon 5th-Sep-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
$2 a day?? What the fuck. Nice to see she thinks the wealth she was handed is worth 41,095,890 years worth of labor...
oceandezignz 5th-Sep-2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Wait, this trick complained at first that everyone needs to "work a little harder/be less lazy" to get rich like her; then has the GALL to say people should be happy to live off of $2/day? Like this is gonna cure AIDS, give gays equal rights and finally give me that god damn pony I've always wanted?

She's trolling. TROLLING.

So fuck her and her money too.
astragali 5th-Sep-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
I know I always like to fight classism and arrogance with misogyny.

Don't call women "tricks," even if you disagree with them.
thecityofdis 5th-Sep-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
sesmo 5th-Sep-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I was more like Fuck you!
homasse 6th-Sep-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
That gif is amazing.
etherealtsuki 5th-Sep-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Inb4 some apologists come in and berate us for saying she didn't do shit because she having a failing company with her millions she inherited.

Fuck that shit, she's an awful human being that I hope she loses every last cent of her money one day.
poetic_pixie_13 5th-Sep-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)

Considering I have a 95% chance of not being able to go back to school this fall because student loans suck and yay living around or just below the poverty line all my life, I'm really not in the mood for this bullshit. More than usual, at least.

Edited at 2012-09-05 08:40 pm (UTC)
koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, I need to put that on a bike/bumper sticker or just wheat-paste the shit out of that all over my city.
vulturoso 5th-Sep-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
This woman is filth. If she were dying of thirst in the street I wouldn't give her a cup of water. Disgusting.
koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Fuck rich people. Fuck all of them.
koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I don't want to fucking hear it. I had to get $500 from a family member this week to cover my rent and bills so that my car wouldn't get repossessed. So, yeah, rich people can bite my ass.

koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
My friends also donated some money to me, because they are awesome. I get paid next week, so I intend on paying them all back then--I just had a surprise!$600 due to the state this month because they screwed me out of unemployment benefits and I had to repay them. Fucking bullshit.
koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, I had/have 45 days from my last appeal to pay for it--or else I get sued by the Ohio State Attorney General. :D
koshkabegemot 5th-Sep-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, this isn't the first time. They tried to get me to pay back $200 in food stamps the last time I was on them in 2009. I didn't have to pay that back for some reason (I'm thinking they probably just forgot). I mean, I was unemployed at the time (sort of--I was working maybe 10 hours a week for $10/hour, if that). They tried to tell me that I was making too much money for food stamps. I was like, lol wut. Not even $400 a month is TOO MUCH? lololol
confectionqueen 6th-Sep-2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
ugh, I had that happen to me a year ago. I finally got my unemployment benefits after two months, then was able to land a job so quick, my boyfriend lost his job contract and bam-"lolsorry we miscalculated, you weren't eligible for another three weeks, pay us back plus taxes" >:(
fauxparadiso 5th-Sep-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
How about we strip her of her assets and let her work down in the mines for $2 a day? I mean if it's such good advice, I'm gonna need to see her lead by example.
mollywobbles867 5th-Sep-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I hope she dies.

Yep. I said it.
kyra_neko_rei 5th-Sep-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
If we were having bets on this sort of thing I think I'd put some money down on her being eaten first.

She's just so utterly horrible.
kalikahuntress 6th-Sep-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe she will buy an exotic pet with all her money and it will eat her. I could see that happening actually, she just seems so ignorant and full of herself she wouldn't think something like that could happen to her.
gr_julian 6th-Sep-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
No shame, I hope she dies after a long, painful stint in poverty.
wathsalive 6th-Sep-2012 10:56 am (UTC)
No shame. I hope her kids plunder her out of all her money
zhiva_the_mage 6th-Sep-2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Well, eventually she will...
weekendoffender 6th-Sep-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
How on earth does this piece of trash expect me to live on $2 a fucking day? My rent is fucking $230 every week alone!
eyetosky 6th-Sep-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
This reminds me of myself as a smug, smug six year old.

The teacher was talking about water resources and how to save water, and that the average American shower costs X number of gallons a water a minute, and did we have any ideas on how to save water, class?

And so me, like the genius I thought I was, raised my hand and chirped "Of course! Just take thirty second showers."

Didn't matter that I'd only ever taken baths before in my life. Didn't matter that half the class and the teacher looked at me with knowing pity that, clearly, I was very dim. I had the self assurance that the younger half of the class and I were nodding our heads, thinking it was a simple idea, and they were just too blind to have tried to think outside the box and do, sigh, such simple math, really! Gosh.

tabaqui 6th-Sep-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Fuck you very much. Sheesh.
flcadam 6th-Sep-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
Rinehart’s flawed logic draws on a popular myth among U.S. conservatives, that increasing the minimum wage would impact job and economic growth. But a significant body of research shows that higher minimum wages have no effect on employment levels.

It's unfortunate that the author didn't really back up this claim. I highly doubt that spinning the minimum wage has no effect on employment levels. Granted, you don't have to go to the extreme of paying people $2, but keeping the minimum wage reasonably low is a good way to be competitive. Of course, maybe the left has an alternative explanation for why high unemployment is stubborn in countries with higher average wages. But to say that our perception of this link is a myth just seems like a cheap shot on the part of the author.
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