Sean Hannity doesn’t think you’re spending most of your life at work. In a recent discussion on his talk radio show, he suggested that Americans who are struggling financially just need to do more. Too much. Like, practically every waking hour of his life.
this is madness. Americans already spend more time at work than their counterparts in economically comparable countries. The United States is the only industrialized nation – and one of the only nations of any kind – whose citizens are not legally guaranteed any paid holiday.
Most Americans work in non-federal jobs where they can be fired without recourse. And in the US — unlike comparable nations that have nationalized health insurance systems — losing your job means you and your dependents have lost your health insurance.
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All this is a recipe for a lot of people doing what they hate, day after day and month after month, without a single lousy week of paid time off. And that’s when you’re lucky enough to find a job with well-defined hours instead of two or three in the hustle and bustle of the gig economy.
Unsurprisingly, Americans are more likely to report feelings of “high stress” than citizens of other developed countries. We are all already working ourselves to death. So why does Sean Hannity, who considers himself a populist, think we need to do even more?
“This is what I do”
“Maybe instead of working 40 hours a week,” Hannity suggested, “join the rest of us—work 70, 80, 90 hours. And I know people don’t like to listen to that advice. But that’s what I do.
I double-checked that claim to see how many hours his talk radio show (Sean Hannity Show) and his Fox News show (Hannity) Actually go every week. The radio show runs for three hours in the afternoon and the TV show runs for a full hour in the evening. Oh, and both of these shows only run Monday through Thursday.
So it’s on air sixteen hours a week. enough Sean Hannity Show The calls are spent taking rather than doing pre-prepared material, but that doesn’t mean both shows don’t involve a little bit of preparation time each week.
I expect that the overwhelming majority of pre-production is done by their staff, but let’s excuse that for the sake of reasoning that Hannity is personally doing full-hour preparatory work for every hour when it goes on-air. Is. and also He With a total of 32 hours of work only a four-day week would add up. This is even better than the week enjoyed by the 35-hour staff in France.
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So why does Hannity think ordinary Americans should work at least twice Legally Mandatory French Workweek?
Assuming he’s not driving Uber on the weekends to make ends meet, Hannity’s present tense “That’s me Doing“The claim is quite dubious. He also said that decades ago, when he was working as a contractor, he tried to stay on job sites for as long as he was allowed. That part It’s hard to investigate. Let’s just go ahead and assume he’s telling the truth. The more important question is why he thinks anyone should passed To live like this
Even at the low end of Hannity’s suggested range, 70 hours a week means you work ten hours every single day of the week. At the top end, 90 hours would mean you’re working 13 hours a week from Monday to Saturday, then on Sunday you can easily do it and only work 12. (I think Sean, who wears Christian piety on his sleeve, would choose Sunday as the day of comparative Sabbath.)
As left-wing commentator Crystal Ball pointed out in a discussion with her podcast co-host Kyle Kulinsky about Hannity’s Labor advice, it was allegedly “pro-family” for one of the highest-profile advocates to send conservative politics. One hell of a message. , When Workers Are Actually Considered See His family if everyone else takes Hannity’s advice?
Let’s say you sleep eight hours a night, then a 13-hour workday gives you a full three hours to yourself, even if you telecommute. If your job involves manual labor, I think you can get a full three hours if you find some way to teleport quickly to work and back. But if you live, say, half an hour from where you work, your time to split between preparing and eating meals, brushing your teeth, buying groceries, and saying hello to your loved ones The pass has two daily hours.
Of course, many people have a much longer journey than this. And since there’s a legal limit to the number of hours a week you can work for a single employer, anyone seeking Sean’s financial advice is not only commuting to work from home, but among various workplaces.
Unfortunately, we live in a country where many people die Huh hence. But they don’t have to be. We can raise the minimum wage to such numbers that people can actually live (with just one job), change labor laws so that unions are easier to organize, provide basic social services to all such as universal healthcare, and perhaps a Can also be ordered for the week. Or two paid vacations like every other country on the planet manages in some way or another.
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As a socialist, I would really like to go far beyond this minimum. Everything I mentioned will only bring America down to the level of a more general capitalist country.
But Sean Hannity has spent his entire political life opposing even the bare minimum. He spent just four years carrying water for Donald Trump while the Trump administration went on a deregulation and union-busting spree. He was apologetic to the even more pretentiously “pro-business” George W. Bush before him.
No wonder the best Hannity can offer working class people is to surrender their lives to even more corporate America and hope for the best. And no wonder the world’s Hannities spend much of their time advocating their views on bread and butter issues rather than promoting culture-war distractions. Because he’s right—people “don’t like to hear” that all of their time on earth must be spent at work.
I wonder why not.
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