Dear Peter Schiff, CEO

So there I was, happily minding my own business, taking pictures for Maura’s new communication device, when this pops up on my Facebook feed –

Rich CEO Tells ‘Daily Show’ The ‘Mentally Retarded’ Are Maaaybe Worth $2 An Hour

The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee interviewed Peter Schiff about the minimum wage, and caught these words of wisdom…

And I quote –

Schiff: “If we eliminated the minimum wage law then individuals would be free to accept jobs at whatever pay they’re able to get.”

Bee: “Paint me a picture of a person whose work would be worth $2 an hour.”

Schiff: “You know somebody who might be? Maybe somebody who is, uh, you know, what’s the politically correct word? Uh, you know, uh, for, uh, you know, mentally retarded?”

Bee: […]

So let’s see Peter, what’s the politically correct term for someone like you?

But really, honestly, thanks for letting the world know that yes, people with intellectual disabilities (which is the PC term, for your future reference) aren’t worth as much as other human beings.  Because that’s what you’re saying, isn’t it?  Let’s pay those…uh…you know, mentally retarded folks less than what we’d pay a 12 yr old to mow our lawn.  Or a 15 yr old babysitter.

I mean, really, they’re less worthy, right?   They’re not equals.  Obviously.

You do realize that you have just painted yourself as…oh…how can I put this politely….is jackass a polite word?  Oh well, I sort of tried.

Listen, I get it, you’re trying to make an argument.  Some people are just worth less.  Thanks for perpetuating that message.  I’m sure it will do wonders for how society treats my daughter and those like her in the long run.  What is obvious is that I can tell that you knew you shouldn’t say what you were going to say, but you were so caught up in making your argument, you refused to back off.  You had a point to make, and by God, you made it.

Free advice Pete – next time, back down.  If that little mouth goalie says “don’t do it”, listen to him.  He is wise.

For the record, if I may, my daughter is worth a damn sight more than you could ever imagine her to be.  She may not have marketable skills, but she could teach you a thing or three about life.  And her life lessons have been one of the most valuable things in my life.

She’s worth more than $2.