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Chris Matthews Blames 'Robots' at CVS, MSNBC for Poverty in America
NewsBusters ^ | September 14, 2011 | 18:50 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 09/14/2011 7:58:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai

On the September 14 edition of MSNBC's "Hardball," host Chris Matthews admitted to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that it "sounds Marxist" but he truly believes that automation in the economy has killed jobs by replacing human clerks in CVS and camera operators at MSNBC with "robots":

I don't want to skip to your left on this but.... [W]hen I see automation, when I go to a CVS that used to employ a lot of people just above the poverty level, above the minimum wage. And you walk in there now, it's all machines. Now it's very convenient for the customer, it's all machines. There's a check-out machine, by the way, that talks to you and says "Don't forget to put your CVS card in."

And by the way, I used to have about seven or eight cameramen. I don't have them anymore. It's all automated, it's all robots. Everywhere we go is robots!

You used to go to a gas station, you'd have somebody would check your tires, check your oil. There ain't anybody there, there's nobody working at a gas station! …


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KEYWORDS: chrismatthews; msnbc; robots
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1 posted on 09/14/2011 7:58:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

No you silly MSNBC person - it’s ATM’s! Didn’t you listen to your leg tinglie guy???


2 posted on 09/14/2011 8:00:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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To: Olog-hai

When can we get a machine to do Hardball?


3 posted on 09/14/2011 8:00:41 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Olog-hai

When there were people doing those jobs, they whined, complained, unionized, demanded ridiculous amounts of money, sued for ridiculous reasons, and then complained non-stop while providing awful customer service or even damaging the customer’s merchandise.

I’d rather have bots.


4 posted on 09/14/2011 8:00:51 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Olog-hai

He’s got a point. Same with manufacturing. Doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Just means it’s a problem for no-skilled people who can’t adapt.


5 posted on 09/14/2011 8:01:35 PM PDT by Huck (If you are in a union, then bow to your COMMIE masters.)
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To: Olog-hai

Chris Matthews is the dumbest person in America. He was giving fellatio to lib Dems all his political career working for Tip O’Neil, who was a total a%%hole.


6 posted on 09/14/2011 8:03:22 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I reported myself @ AttackWatch.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Matthews looks like a malfunctioning robot in this picture

7 posted on 09/14/2011 8:03:31 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Olog-hai
Stupidity is a terminal condition of the Left.... its just too bad enough aren't so gay that natural selection ends the line.


8 posted on 09/14/2011 8:05:23 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Olog-hai

He is right, and Charles Murry concurs. The small jobs are not available much any more and frankly, we are poorer for it. The gas pumpers, the street sweepers, the baggers and carry to the car guys. the guy who lived in the basement and kept my granmother’s coal furnace going. The women who took in washing, the men who carried items.

Not everyone can do big jobs because of their IQ or mental status. Now we have no little jobs.


9 posted on 09/14/2011 8:05:40 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Huck
Actually mechanization, automation, computerization, improved processes and robotics have advanced to the point they are stripping employment opportunities away from SKILLED LABOR and PROFESSIONALS.

Ever had surgery with a DaVinci Machine? Sure, there's still a doctor in there but he does it perfect every time!

You don't come back for redoes ~ you can imagine how that cuts into the opportunities for new surgeons.

10 posted on 09/14/2011 8:07:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Olog-hai
Is this his sister?


11 posted on 09/14/2011 8:07:41 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe Chrissy and friends should throw their wooden shoes into the machinery.


12 posted on 09/14/2011 8:07:41 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Olog-hai

Okay, Chris. You have a point. Robots are everywhere.

I have a solution to this problem.

Everyone goes out and adds another firearm of his/her choice to their collection to prepare for the upcoming Skynet attack.

If those robots even THINK about getting out of line, well, we’ll be ready for them.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 8:09:47 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Spktyr

you forgot “went on strike”

I remember about 1977-78, WV coal miners went on strike (struck against their coal company employers) to force WV lawmakers to change the law, so they didn’t have to take their studded snow tires off on April 1st as the law required.

I think this was the strike that broke the camel’s back.


14 posted on 09/14/2011 8:16:18 PM PDT by Jude in WV
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To: Chickensoup

The gas pumpers scratched the hell out of my car, the street sweepers used to shove dirt into people’s houses, baggers never did it right and always managed to drop some of my stuff, furnace stokers used for respiratory diseases, women *still* take in washing.


15 posted on 09/14/2011 8:16:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Immerito

Robots also need stress relief!

16 posted on 09/14/2011 8:16:40 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Jude in WV

Yeah, I did forget that. Should be “go on strike for stupid or no reasons whatsoever” in there.


17 posted on 09/14/2011 8:18:09 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Olog-hai

To MSNBC:

Replace Chrissy with a chimp and no one will be any the wiser.


18 posted on 09/14/2011 8:18:51 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: TheBattman
I cannot believe how incredibly stupid that is. I mean Dehydrated stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. It is trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know.
19 posted on 09/14/2011 8:22:57 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Olog-hai
Terminatrix Pictures, Images and Photos

Robots. I always knew it was them.

20 posted on 09/14/2011 8:29:39 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Olog-hai

Actually, blaming machines for job losses doesn’t sound Marxist, it sound Luddite.

But, given the general level of historical illiteracy in the country, I suppose if one were in a forgiving mood, one could let it pass that a leftist “pundit” can’t to tell one looney 19th century movement from another, even if one is named for an actual person and the other for a mythical figure.


21 posted on 09/14/2011 8:30:13 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Cvengr

Actually, my son owns an air-mattress with a built in pump. The inflation instructions call for allowing the pump to rest for two minutes in the middle of inflating the mattress. (Which raises the question: who would design an air pump whose efficiency decreases so drastically after five minutes of operation that is needs a rest?)


22 posted on 09/14/2011 8:33:26 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Chickensoup

On a long car trip this summer, we were stunned to discover that NJ requires the use of gas pumpers. The pumper who enlightened us said that the only other state with such a law is Oregon.

I do miss gas pumpers.


23 posted on 09/14/2011 8:34:46 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: Olog-hai

Ok, I go to CVS frequently and I have never seen a robot. I wonder where Mathews shops.


24 posted on 09/14/2011 8:39:00 PM PDT by svcw ( http://www.internetlastpage.com)
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To: Olog-hai

What a moron. Those CVS kiosks simply check prices and spit out coupons.


25 posted on 09/14/2011 8:42:12 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Voting for Romney is surrendering to the Soviet Union rather than to the Nazis.”-FReeper Dead Corps)
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To: Olog-hai

Actually, MSNBC could replace it’s HOSTS with robots. Just have Kos and HuffPo phone in the days drivel and the robotic host could spew it out just like Chrissie and that other guy (Maddow?) do.


26 posted on 09/14/2011 8:42:36 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Olog-hai

If he is so concerned with robots replacing humans, use the register with actual cashiers. Most stores have both open, giving the consumer choice.

Often times I find the self-checkout lanes quicker for small trips, and I can get things bagged the way I want. Most of the time if a regular lane is open and has no bagger people just stand around looking confused instead of getting on the end and bagging. Then I have to wait while the cashier scan and bags the items.

They still have cashiers employed. At any supermarket with self-checkout they will have one cashier to watch several lanes and assist when needed.


27 posted on 09/14/2011 8:42:42 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Spktyr

The gas pumpers scratched the hell out of my car, the street sweepers used to shove dirt into people’s houses, baggers never did it right and always managed to drop some of my stuff, furnace stokers used for respiratory diseases, women *still* take in washing.

You have rotten luck. Many wonderful people who had little jobs worked well in our lives at home.


28 posted on 09/14/2011 8:44:17 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Belle22

We had a local station who used a mentally pretty limited guy as a gas pumper. The new folks took over and did not keep him. My son and daugher pump for me now. But I miss the other guy. He visits the station and sits around. Probably on disability and with no work.


29 posted on 09/14/2011 8:46:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

The gas pumpers are still scratching the hell out of your car (now with malice) in New Jersey and Oregon, where it is illegal to pump your own gas.

As for ‘little jobs’, that’s what Goodwill Industries is for.


30 posted on 09/14/2011 8:46:42 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Belle22
I do miss gas pumpers./i>

There was a gas station in a small town in Texas that offered personal service at no extra cost every Saturday.

It was provided by the high school cheerleaders, wearing hot pants and T-shirts. Tips were welcome -- to fund their senior trip.

You could even get an oil change or a flat fixed(these were farm girls).

I suspect it was the busiest station within a fifty-mile radius on Saturdays.

31 posted on 09/14/2011 8:47:10 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Snickering Hound

They’re behind everything. Skynet just won’t give up!

:-)


32 posted on 09/14/2011 8:47:49 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Olog-hai

What about the people who design the machines, manufacture them, program them, install and maintain them, manage contracts with raw materials and parts suppliers, those kinds of people?

Gee, let’s bring back horse and buggy drivers, hand-lettering of manuscripts, manual tilling of fields, oarsmen to propel boats, the pony express - lots of jobs there.

And instead of putting on a hi-tech television show, Chris can hire an army of town criers to go throughout the land, proclaiming the news (which he has obtained by carrier pigeon - give those pigeon breeders and trainers some job opportunities).


33 posted on 09/14/2011 8:47:54 PM PDT by BusterBear
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To: Chickensoup

The minimum wage keeps rising. It is no longer cost effective to pay a person to perform some tasks.


34 posted on 09/14/2011 8:48:14 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: Immerito
I like the way you think but the kind of weapons we need to deal with Skynet and its progeny are not generally available at your local firearms emporium. Contrary to contemporary movies and political myth.

Would be a great boost to the economy if "the good stuff" was more widely available.

35 posted on 09/14/2011 8:48:23 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: The_Reader_David

Someone who made it out of plastics that overheat after two minutes because it gets the production costs down to less than $5.


36 posted on 09/14/2011 8:48:23 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: stevem

Bring back Max Headroom.

Max would be a true talking head. Just program him to spit out the liberal talking points, and Max can put Chrissie Mathews out of a job.


37 posted on 09/14/2011 8:50:27 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Spktyr

The gas pumpers are still scratching the hell out of your car (now with malice) in New Jersey and Oregon, where it is illegal to pump your own gas.

As for ‘little jobs’, that’s what Goodwill Industries is for.

No, goodwill industries are sheltered workshops, and we need some work for the guys and gals who dont need shelter but cannot do a lot.

Or we can just line them up and shoot them.

You might find Charles Murry a good read. He was one of the authors of the Bell Curve. He has also written other social policy and community books from a conservative/libertarian perspective.


38 posted on 09/14/2011 8:50:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: jeannineinsd

The minimum wage keeps rising. It is no longer cost effective to pay a person to perform some tasks.

I know, this issue is one of the most important for the elimination of the minimum wage.


39 posted on 09/14/2011 8:52:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

That is sad. I can’t imagine not keeping him there. (I heard from friends in MA that part of Ted Kennedy’s inexplicable - to me- appeal was that he set up jobs like that for the mentally challenged. That he had a guardhouse built on a bridge so that such a guy could have a “job” watching the cars passing over the bridge.)

I am forever grateful to a gas station in Alexandria, VA that had its guys come out to pump patrons’ gas during the DC sniper shootings. Pumping your own gas then was an absolute nightmare.


40 posted on 09/14/2011 8:53:24 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: Olog-hai

So did these robots magically appear, or did people have to design them (both mechanical and electrical), create drawings, procure parts, manufacture them, sell them and service them?


41 posted on 09/14/2011 8:53:38 PM PDT by 03A3
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To: BusterBear

What about the people who design the machines, manufacture them, program them, install and maintain them, manage contracts with raw materials and parts suppliers, those kinds of people?

All the above are wonderful people.

There are a number of people who dont have the ability to do such complex jobs. These days instead of being productive at their level of ability, they are on welfare or disability.


42 posted on 09/14/2011 8:55:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Belle22

I don’t miss having another human pump my gas, and I hate driving the New Jersey Turnpike where you are forced to sit in long lines waiting for a person to get around to pumping your gas. That REALLY irritates me.

It is similar to the feeling I get when I am stuck in a traffic jam (where there are never any traffic problems) only to find out the traffic jam is caused because they have a policeman directing traffic.

But as for the gas pumpers, some of them wash your windshield...and that’s fine. I also think it is fine if someone wants to have their gas pumped, that they can pull into a spot where someone will come out and do it.

But I HATE having to wait in line to have my gas tank filled. Just hate it.

Even worse, up here in Massachusetts, they have people whose job it is to sit in a toll booth and HAND a ticket to people entering the Mass Turnpike! That is their job. They HAND a ticket to people. Those people are unionized, and you would not believe the money they make.

Makes my blood boil.


43 posted on 09/14/2011 9:08:07 PM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: Olog-hai

Ya and Dept of Education is ruining spelling.


44 posted on 09/14/2011 9:09:37 PM PDT by ully2
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To: SkyDancer

Ask Chrissy Wissy if the ATMs are Jewish.


45 posted on 09/14/2011 9:19:19 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Chickensoup; Spktyr

While traveling by car during one of his many overseas travels, Professor Milton Friedman spotted scores of road builders moving earth with shovels instead of modern machinery.

When he asked why powerful equipment wasn’t used instead of so many laborers, his host told him it was to keep employment high in the construction industry. If they used tractors or modern road building equipment, fewer people would have jobs was his host’s logic

Then instead of shovels, why don’t you give them spoons and create even more jobs?” Friedman inquired.


46 posted on 09/14/2011 9:19:19 PM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: Olog-hai
Well who builds the robots? And who builds the robots that build the robots?

Plus as things got more automated the amount of products available to the consumer has increased dramatically. We had 75% more guys building a Ford in 1978, but we didn't have ipads, and laptops, and Blu Ray players.

Somebody works at the ipad, robot, laptop, cell phone, and Blu Ray factories. It's just not Americans.

Germany is the largest exporter in the world with just 80 million people, a higher percentage of its population in manufacturing, unions up the wazoo, and high taxes and tons of regulation. Why isn't America with 300 million people?

47 posted on 09/14/2011 9:30:27 PM PDT by triumphant values
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To: Chickensoup
"...These days instead of being productive at their level of ability, they are on welfare or disability..."

The problem is, once upon a time, people could get low paying jobs and earn some money doing a job that was worthwhile for an employer to hire someone for.

How often do you see people hired to sweep floors? Sure, there are custodial personnel, but there are a lot fewer of them, and they get paid more. in many places, they are unionized.

There was a time you could get your foot in the door doing some extremely unskilled menial tasks. You didn't make much money, but you could get a start. You could begin to build human capital. The American story if full of people who even worked for free to gain "human capital", and went on to do great things.

When people were hired at entry level positions, those positions were not structured to pay enough to make people want to stay in them. People wanted to move past those positions to make more money, and were incentivized to do so. With the advent of increasing minimum wages and the hideous socialist concept of a "living wage" being forced on industry, is it any wonder those entry level jobs have disappeared?

If I can hire a 14 year old kid at a pittance to sweep the floor, and another young kid to police the grounds, I would do it because it isn't going to break the bank. If I am forced to hire someone who is 16 years old and pay them eight dollars an hour...I just won't do it. It doesn't make sense for my business.

And why should someone be paid a "living wage" at an entry level job like that?

48 posted on 09/14/2011 9:34:05 PM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: rlmorel

That’s what I miss- having the option of “full serve” lanes. I don’t believe in forced full service for those who don’t want it.

MA is incredibly old school in many ways. I never saw such a scam as the OT put in by people staring into holes doing nothing during the Big Dig.

Unless it was the continued use of the tedious “people movers” at Dulles because they want to retain those jobs.


49 posted on 09/14/2011 9:44:02 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: Olog-hai

Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!


50 posted on 09/14/2011 10:30:58 PM PDT by rogue yam
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