Sunday, March 02, 2008

Michelle Obama is Out of Touch And a Hypocrite

In a campaign stop in Zanesville, Ohio over the weekend, Michelle Obama urged young people not to go into corporate America. As Byron York of National Review outlines, Muskingum County (Zanesville) had a 2004 median household income of $37,192. Only about 12% have a bachelor's degree and nearly a fifth of the county population doesn't even have a high school diploma.

What is Michelle Obama's solution for these economically disadvantaged citizens? Forego high-paying corporate jobs! Forget a bachelor's degree in business and a MBA, get a degree in social work and work for around the same amount of money you make now!

The other obvious problem here are the charges of blatant hypocrisy by Michele Obama. Beside the multi-million dollar estate the Obama's bought in 2005 with the help of their crony Tony Rezko (see below), Mrs. Obama worked as vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago hospitals until May 2007. In that capacity, she made $316,962 a year. Too bad all of us can't be a spouse of a U.S. Senator and land cake jobs that pay over $300,000 per year!

And what about Michelle Obama's involvement in corporate America? Back in May 2007, she took a lot of heat for being on the corporate board of a major food supplier to Wal-Mart, a firm called TreeHouse Foods.

So, it's obvious that Michelle Obama doesn't hesitate to become involved with corporate America and lucrative corporate board gigs when they stand to benefit her financially. But now she has the audacity to come to Zanesville, Ohio and tell a struggling population they should reject the profitable opportunities of corporate America and take jobs that offer a salary that doesn't make ends meet.

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