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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Loses Temper, Can’t Stand the Wealthy Being Regarded as Risk Takers

posted at 12:33 am on September 2, 2012 by

Melissa Harris-Perry had a little temper tantrum today concerning Monica Mehta, columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek,  and her comments concerning President Obama’s “you didn’t build that speech.”

The point Mehta made, professionally, was that Obama could have focused on the risk that small business owners bring before themselves as they channel their entrepreneurial drive.  Well, that caused a meltdown with Perry who yelled:

‘What is riskier than living poor in America?’ Harris-Perry demanded. ‘Seriously! What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No. There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness

Not only is this tantrum further evidence showing how left-wing American liberalism has become–but also highlights their abject lack of understanding concerning America’s economic spirit.  As for the safety net, math and demographics are destined to destroy it if we continue down the road of liberal economics.  Furthermore, today, the safety net doesn’t allow people to get back on their feet.  It has become a new area of policy wherein progressives can expand their agenda of dependency.

Get a grip Melissa.


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catmman on September 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM


SouthernGent on September 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

This wasn’t just a meltdown–it was a blow-up of massive ignorance. Where is this safety net for the rich she speaks of? And what is this about the poor “because they happen to look different from us”–hmmm, she doesn’t look white, so who exactly was she talking about? Funny thing about poverty, lady, it’s color-blind and can afflict anyone at any time. I know of many so-called wealthy who’ve gone bankrupt multiple times so if they can build it and lose it and build it again, then anybody can. Huckabee was spot-on: it should be called BSNBC.

stukinIL4now on September 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM

We don’t have a safety net in this country; what we have is a hammock.

eaglescout_1998 on September 2, 2012 at 2:28 AM

When Moonbats attack….

I guess since real wealth is generated by the poor “being consumers” I guess we need 99.975% taxation and the wealth will just explode….

that woman needs put in an immobilization chair and given the clockwork orange therapy with Milton Friedman’s “free to choose” forced into her mind.

harlekwin15 on September 2, 2012 at 2:33 AM

I have aid this many times. When Obama loses, there will be the first violent transfer of power in U.S. history. She said the meme about “people who look differently”. Blacks see this not as a discussion of ideas, but as a race question.

Things more risky than being “poor” in America:
1. Being poor in Mumbai
2. Being poor in Jakarta
3. Being poor in Moscow
4. Being poor in Bucharest
5. Being poor in Mexico City
6. Being poor in Tegucigalpa
7. Being poor in Africa (as culturally tribal vs the Western geographic norm)
8. Having a poor education
9. Having freedom reduced
10. Having the monetary debt of your parents and grandparents around you like a millstone.

Any other ways to be worse than being poor in America?

I’d like to fact-check her claim of people being shot outside her house every week. Doubt it’s true. She was too emotional.

Bigurn on September 2, 2012 at 4:18 AM

I’d like to fact-check her claim of people being shot outside her house every week. Doubt it’s true. She was too emotional.

Bigurn on September 2, 2012 at 4:18 AM

I’d ask her why she doesn’t move. “Ma’am no offense but between your Ploi Sci seat at Tulane and your pay for broadcasting your willful stupidity on MSNBC I am pretty sure you are the 1%?” She is absolutely clueless, add in her drama about “I lost it all!” for Issac and she is totally ignorant of the fact that what she engaged in was a form of economic risk taking that ODDLY enough she feels “deserves a safety net”.

harlekwin15 on September 2, 2012 at 4:30 AM

“Consumers are job creators” Now how can you argue with that? Essentially evertime one uses, one makes a job. Brilliant in the face of actual reason. Now if you’ll excuse me, after two cups of coffee I have to go create a job.
I’m about to feel proud to be an American!
MSLSD proud!…I’ll be leaning forward of course.

onomo on September 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM

She might be more emotional than usual because Hurricane Isaac just destroyed a house that she and her husband bought, presumably to renovate:

This house was abandoned in New Orleans’ 7th ward. While I don’t know anything specific about that part of New Orleans, I know that in general urban areas with abandoned buildings tend to have high crime rates. (Gary, Indiana, and certain parts of the South Side of Chicago come to mind, in my neck of the woods)

I’ll believe that shootings occur regularly on the street corner where that house once stood, but it strains believability that a married woman of her means would somehow be unwillingly stuck living in such a neighborhood.

JimLennon on September 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

JimLennon on September 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I believe you are correct in this is what precipitated her on air meltdown. They just bought the house and judging by its condition and the fact that it was abandoned, it’s safe to say it was uninhabitable before Isaac. The chances that she and her husband live in a high crime neighborhood are zero to none.

Blake on September 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Check this out:

The house in the video she says she bought, is not the same house in the photo in her tweet. The house she says she bought is missing an entire wall. She claims she lives across the street but I take everything she says with a grain of salt. Anyway, she did not lose much money on her investment. Probably got the property for a song.

Blake on September 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Obama’s been in office for 4 years now. How come all those houses haven’t been restored?

Blake on September 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Liberals are dumb. There is a difference between taking a risk and working hard to build something positive and making risky choices that condemn you to poverty. And wouldn’t school choice be an answer to those kids who want to go to a good school but their public school stinks? Yeah, and Obama doesn’t want to do that, does he?

magicbeans on September 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Some one should ask her when she intends to purchase another house in the neighborhood. The follow-up question should be whether to seek private or government financing.

wukong on September 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I think the thing to point out is that comparing Physical risk to Financial risk is beyond comparing apples to oranges and so once you make 1=2 in your argument you can go anywhere you want to after that.

Conan on September 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Melissa Harris-Perry lives in a neighborhood where poor people chose to buy guns and ammunition instead of food so that they can shot other poor people?

OxyCon on September 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

People often get angry when they can’t understand simple concepts.

Akzed on September 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

We don’t have a safety net in this country; what we have is a hammock.

eaglescout_1998 on September 2, 2012 at 2:28 AM


I’ll be stealing that from you. 🙂

Mimzey on September 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America?

Since she said “in the world”, pretty much any of hundreds of countries are far riskier. Being poor in America is the same as being in the 1% in any of several hundred countries, and far less risky.

I’ve been to some of these places and seen with my own eyes how cheaply human life is treated on a daily basis.

Melissa needs to take a trip or two outside the U.S., and not to the resorts of the world, but to the small rural villages.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Behold–another volume in the series–Harris-Perry & the Garbled Fire!

Olo_Burrows on September 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Don’t you DARE call her angry…that would be RACIST!

Kenz on September 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

She lives in New Orleans, a town that has been run by Dems for ages. Does that city have problems with education, violence, etc.? Without question, just like so many other Democratic bastions.

Ironwood297 on September 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

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