The Ed Show | January 23, 2012
MATTHEWS: you how he's taking advantage of it.
SCHULTZ: And in "Psycho Talk" tonight, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie , he's trying to get Mitt Romney 's campaign back on track after their disastrous loss in South Carolina , so he goes on offensive. Christie is ignoring the thousands of jobs Mitt Romney destroyed as head of Bain Capital and instead he's pretending Mitt Romney created just a bunch of middle class jobs.
CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: This is a guy who has shown the American free enterprise system can work, can work to create jobs across America . You look at places like Staples and Sports Authority , everybody who works at those places today has Mitt Romney to thank for it. That's his greatest contributions to conservative movement, to show that the American free enterprise system , which is under attack by the Obama administration, does work for real people , middle class people -- because let me tell you the people working at Sports Authority and Staples , David , those aren't the elite. Those are middle class Americans using those jobs to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads and send their kids to college.
SCHULTZ: Did he say they are middle class Americans when it comes to the economy? Chris Christie , now get this -- a top surrogate for Mitt Romney passing off jobs as Staples and Sports Authority as middle class jobs. Folks, we need to talk about this. Now, these are hard hit working Americans , but if this is your only income, let's face it, it's barely a living wage. Many people who work at either of these stores are hourly employees, check out workers, folks who stock shelves, warehouse workers, they're making 8, 9, 10 bucks an hour, which is less than $20,000 a year. A good chunk of these jobs are part-time as well with limited benefits, if benefits at all. This is, I guess you could say, the Republican view of the middle class . These are people living paycheck-to-paycheck, working a couple jobs to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. A lot of them are just one sick kid or broken down car away from a real financial problem. Forget about saving for college and retirement. Yes, these are jobs. But many of them are not careers. And they are not middle class . Yet, this is Chris Christie 's idea of a middle class America ? For Governor Christie to say that Mitt Romney created a bunch of middle class jobs I think is economic Psycho