It surely didn’t start with James Carville of the hard (elitist) Left calling certain people “trailer trash,” or later “soccer moms”, and it didn’t end with the left calling Tea Party people a vile sexually explicit name, but surely this tops the cake in the silly category.
Yesterday, I heard Chris Matthews with his characteristic sneer (remember I said I watch a little MSNBC now to see what they are saying) helping Obama build a class warfare theme by referring to middle class people who weren’t going along with the Obama economic plan (nor are they using food stamps!) as “coupon-clippers.” Huh? Some of my best friends are coupon-clippers and I admire their ability to save a buck!
So where is Matthew’s bigotry coming from?
I did a little looking around and since I’m not a big TV watcher I didn’t know about a TV show that aired last April about coupon-clippers. Here is a bit to tell you where Matthews bigotry toward coupon-clippers might come from.
On the surface, TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” — premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. EDT — may look to you and me like an innocently voyeuristic look into the lives of fellow Americans who take penny-pinching to the extreme, saving at times hundreds of dollars on grocery store runs.
But that’s why we’re not TV critics for a liberal metropolitan newspaper.
Washington Post’s Hank Stuever worked in a healthy share of left-wing grousing about capitalism and insisted that the coupon-clippers highlighted by the program were insufferably selfish souls.
“Little piggies go to market, and clean up on Aisle 5,” the article’s online headline snarked.
Read it all, the Washington Post even goes on to report that some of the “coupon-clippers” are fat. Just imagine the hue and cry if someone should report that some food stamp users are fat!
So, for the oh-so-smart class like Chris Matthews, the folks who take time to find bargains, clip coupons and save money are selfish and as such are now targets of derision.