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2012-07-11 04:26:11 AM

Mentat: Do these guys ever stop and listen to what they're saying?


I'm wondering if it's now a requirement for all GOP members to have a lobotomy immediately upon taking office.
 
2012-07-11 04:37:25 AM
Fark the Republicans and their Jobs, Jobs, Jabortion agenda.
 
2012-07-11 04:56:12 AM

Weaver95: also: 'stigma of unemployment'? must be related to that 'guilt' thing I hear some people have. must be terribly inconvenient.


The stigma of unemployment to me comes from strangers who felt empowered to tell me what a piece of shiat I was when I was on unemployment last year.

A barmaid went so far as to tell me I shouldn't be spending money in her restaurant until I got a job. She posted to all on Facebook her assessment of what I should be doing with my life -- that I should admit my career was over, be a man, and apply at 7-11 or as a fruit-picker.

It's always from strangers or people who have a passing relationship. Even when I've gone unemployed by choice in past years (I've taken months and even years off by choice to travel), people would hear I didn't have a job and would immediately tell me what a hunk of shiat I was and how I needed to change my life -- even after I explained that I was self-supporting and took no money from any government programs.

There is a deep need to judge on this issue.
 
2012-07-11 04:57:07 AM

ImpendingCynic: sunbird: Come to New Zealand. There was a thing in the paper this week about IT companies having trouble finding skilled workers.

Not a bad idea, but many countries around the world are suffering from the same "we hate outsiders taking our jobs" miasma as America. I looked into what it would take to get legal status to live and work in Australia, and even for a "critical" profession like IT, there was a 2 year wait on the application.

Having work authorization in NZ would be cool though, because as I understand it, Kiwis can work in Oz, but not the other way around.


Aussies and Kiwis have a reciprocal arrangement, so it goes both ways.
 
2012-07-11 05:14:26 AM
Gussy it up all you want, the vast majority of people on unemployment are milking their unemployment and NOT trying their damnedest to get a job (which sometimes requires *gasp* travel). Even when they are, they're rarely volunteering their time to help out in the community and almost "pay back" for the help they're being given and the free time available. Sure, it's not welfare, but it's a program that most certainly would not exist without the federal government (and by proxy, the American people as a whole).

Yes, jobs being shipped overseas, inflation, and all the other problems EVERYONE has to deal with suck, and frankly I think many problems caused by corporations or greedy individuals/groups are more problematic than the unemployment system as it stands. But this is one area where "conservatives" at least have SOME argument on their hands.
We have a system that allows many people to skate by way too long without having to put in the time/effort. The worst part is that many of these people believe being unemployed is "like" having a job in the eyes of potential employers... the guy who at least got his hands dirty and worked for less than he's worth is going to be looked upon more highly than the guy with the same career qualifications who sat back and collected unemployment checks (while making an occasional stop into companies that clearly are not hiring).

The issue is simple: people don't want to make lifestyle changes in this nation.
 
2012-07-11 05:16:21 AM

sunbird: ImpendingCynic: sunbird: Come to New Zealand. There was a thing in the paper this week about IT companies having trouble finding skilled workers.

Not a bad idea, but many countries around the world are suffering from the same "we hate outsiders taking our jobs" miasma as America. I looked into what it would take to get legal status to live and work in Australia, and even for a "critical" profession like IT, there was a 2 year wait on the application.

Having work authorization in NZ would be cool though, because as I understand it, Kiwis can work in Oz, but not the other way around.

Aussies and Kiwis have a reciprocal arrangement, so it goes both ways.


much like.... your mom.
 
2012-07-11 05:18:19 AM

rewind2846: Weaver95: every day I get up, hit the internets, find job postings, and apply for jobs. every weekday, that is...I go to job fairs, research companies, find out who's hiring....you know what I found tho? two things: 1. everyone wants my 15 years of experience with every form of technology known to mankind...but nobody wants to PAY me for it.


^^^^^^^
THIS

The ideal employee is one who knows every piece of hardware and software going all the way back to flint tools and cave drawings, but who will work for a crust of bread and a cup of lukewarm broth with a noodle in it... and be grateful for the privilege.

Short term thinking from small minded people... another reason why america is going down the sh*tter.

/HTML-Fu needs work


where do you live that you cant get a job with 15 years tech experience?
 
2012-07-11 05:18:41 AM
Seriously, I've heard too many people say "I'd take that job, but it doesn't pay enough so I'm going to stay on unemployment for now." It's rather disturbing.

Meanwhile, these people are busy fixing up their house while they let their unemployment run out, because somehow THAT is going to make them money *rolls eyes*.
 
2012-07-11 05:24:41 AM

puffy999: The issue is simple: people don't want to make lifestyle changes in this nation.


Yeah, people might be resistant to finding out that after years of making $60,000 the only jobs they can find now pay just $40,000, but it's their fault if they biatch.
 
2012-07-11 05:27:53 AM

WhyteRaven74: puffy999: The issue is simple: people don't want to make lifestyle changes in this nation.

Yeah, people might be resistant to finding out that after years of making $60,000 the only jobs they can find now pay just $40,000, but it's their fault if they biatch.


or you know, do things like... pay taxes. how can they get in that 3rd week in the Caymans if they have to pay those pesky income taxes? cant they just cancel a school lunch program or something instead? ill see my friends who are senators on the golf course this weekend and see what they can do to fix this.
 
2012-07-11 05:32:24 AM

puffy999: . Sure, it's not welfare, but it's a program that most certainly would not exist without the federal government (and by proxy, the American people as a whole).


Same goes for the FDA and USDA. What of it? They increase everyone's quality of life in the long run.

puffy999: The issue is simple: people don't want to make lifestyle changes in this nation.


As I just said, there is a deep need to judge on this issue. People get off on it.

Get this little fact of human nature straight -- NOBODY wants to make lifestyle changes, especially when their lifestyle has been acceptable for a long time. The most stressful things in life, after the death of a spouse or child, involve relocation and entering new careers. These things are fraught with minefields of decisions on timetables, any of which might send you further into decline or down the drain.

You also miss that statistically in this recession, employers have been seeking out people who are already employed, to steal them from existing rivals. Their reasoning is that people who remained employed through the recession must be the cream of the crop, and taking them from an existing job is double damage/success.

But keep on getting off on it. You're like the church lady in the over-sized lampshade hat, complaining about Miss Parker's skirts being too short. Slut.
 
2012-07-11 05:35:04 AM

puffy999: Seriously, I've heard too many people say "I'd take that job, but it doesn't pay enough so I'm going to stay on unemployment for now." It's rather disturbing.

Meanwhile, these people are busy fixing up their house while they let their unemployment run out, because somehow THAT is going to make them money *rolls eyes*.


Piss on you. I was barely making ends meet, and now I have even less money with unemployment. I have been applying to jobs for over nine months with fewer than ten interviews. I have been turned down each and every time, and I am simply asking for $15/hr, which is what my last job paid even though I did the work of three people whom were downsized so the owners could get fat bonuses.

Even worse, the state requires a sit down for extended benefits which minimizes the chance to travel, and these can occur at any time. Due to making just enough to eat and pay for my internet which allows me to search for jobs rather than drive around in 110 degree weather with an old car that needs work, which ha ha, I can't farking afford due to making only enough to stay afloat.

I have applied for $9/hr jobs because a full time $9/hr job would pay more than my unemployment could ever afford, but hey hey, I'm overqualified to push a broom and mop around since I got some fancy degree which shows I have ambition and aspirations so I can't be hired for that job. And anything else requires more formal education and training which I can't afford (seeing the cycle Sparky?) since I only receive enough to pay necessary bills (health insurance, cell phone, internet, gas, groceries). I stretch it and pinch the quarter till the farking eagle cries. So tell me, where are these jobs which can be had at the drop of a hat in my state with 12% unemployment?

My former manager received a bonus for $30,000. That was a little less than I made in one year working 50-55 hours per week. I asked for a $2/hr ($4,000 per year) raise, and was then laid off for job redundancy although my job went to three different people. Above average marks on my evaluation which I had to beg to receive (Hadn't had a job review in three years, company policy was supposed to be annually).

So take your bullshiat and your blah-blah, and shove each and every syllable and pause in between up your stupid ass. You are what is wrong in this country. And community work for free to prove we deserve something our taxes and our money went to pay for is beyond stupid's measure.

I've heard too many people say, "One can live the good life on unemployment, and they're so lazy that they won't take a job." It's rather disturbing.

To reiterate, piss on you!
 
2012-07-11 05:36:21 AM
I remember waiting for the 'Emperor has no clothes' moment for the GOP when Bush was President but it never came. I am just flabbergasted at how flagrantly the right can tell the majority of Americans that they're garbage, that they should be basically enslaved for the benefit of the ultra-rich, and still the dolts will vote for them.

Nixon wanted to institute a guaranteed annual income. The right has moved so far to the right that modern day Democrats are more conservative than old school Republicans.
 
2012-07-11 05:37:03 AM
The middle class do not want be gutted and turned into marginal-poor people in order to make sure the rich don't have to lose a cent in an economic disaster caused almost entirely by the excesses and mistakes of those same rich people. How is that wrong of them? Teachers and IT workers and policemen didn't cause the economic collapse, why should they be the ones bearing the worst part of the load in rebuilding? fark that.
 
2012-07-11 05:46:19 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: There is a deep need to judge on this issue.


True across the board but particularly from the RW perspective.

Seriously, look at the things that matter most to them. From slut-shaming women who want access to abortion and other health services, to trying to shame gay folks back into closet by making gays officially second class citizens to trying to undercut the social safety net in order to punish "lazy" people they seem to be all about the blame and shame game.

They don't want to fix problems just affix blame in an orgy of public shaming and then pat themselves on their collective back for what they perceive as the blow they just struck for 'morality'.

People who, in order to feel good about themselves, need to make other people feel bad about themselves are not good people.
 
2012-07-11 06:00:22 AM
Again I ask the question: What do you idiots on the right propose, or do you exist solely to point out flaws? Because that's a p*ssy way of doing it. Anyone can point out the obvious. It takes a smart, concerned person to provide an alternative solution. So far all you're offering is abortion derp, your (King's) stupid little "radical muslim" hearings, and maybe some b*tch fits over Obamacare.

Not one of you are actually addressing how you would do things differently from Obama, except to bark about tax cuts for job creators. After ten years to be proven effective, most people already know that's bullshiat.

So what's your plan to get America back to work? Bueller? Bueller?

Go fark yourselves, all of you.
 
2012-07-11 06:03:21 AM

puffy999: The issue is simple: people don't want to make lifestyle changes in this nation.


I hope you lose your job.
 
2012-07-11 06:15:57 AM
Blaming the poor and the have-nots for the ills of the world is classic conservative thinking. It is Ebenezer Scrooge syndrome. Never is it the structure of society that serves them so well somehow flawed, but always that the plebs are jealously caterwauling and not carrying their weight.

The cold callous conservative view is wrought with ignorance and hubris. They lack understanding, humanity, empathy and prefer the world suffer than admit their world view is in any way myopic.
 
2012-07-11 06:16:30 AM

Befuddled: The right has moved so far to the right that modern day Democrats are more conservative than old school Republicans.


For many reasons, Nixon is one of my favorite presidents to read about. Please note that doesn't mean I endorse him, because he was an insecure, paranoid rodent of a man. But extremely interesting nonetheless.

Anyway, looking over Nixon's proposals, ideas, etc, reveals him to be downright "liberal" by 2012 standards. And we're not talking ancient history here. He was being shuttled from office right around the time I was being born. But it's only taken that relatively short time for our politics to make a seismic shift rightward. And that's a farking shame.

Ask yourself this - do you think a Republican in 2012 could suggest something like the EPA without being tarred and feathered?
 
2012-07-11 06:53:54 AM

dickfreckle: Again I ask the question: What do you idiots on the right propose, or do you exist solely to point out flaws? Because that's a p*ssy way of doing it. Anyone can point out the obvious. It takes a smart, concerned person to provide an alternative solution. So far all you're offering is abortion derp, your (King's) stupid little "radical muslim" hearings, and maybe some b*tch fits over Obamacare.

Not one of you are actually addressing how you would do things differently from Obama, except to bark about tax cuts for job creators. After ten years to be proven effective, most people already know that's bullshiat.

So what's your plan to get America back to work? Bueller? Bueller?

Go fark yourselves, all of you.


The right offers no positive solutions, only more problems.
 
2012-07-11 06:59:15 AM

SevenizGud: Weaver95: I have a bare minimum that I need to meet in order to survive.

If that minimum exceeds cost of food, then you are full of shiat. Survival? Please.

Have you sold your house to buy food? Then stop the bs survival talk. You're like the lady in New Orleans with a bag of Nike shoes after Katrina talking about how she looted them because it was about survival.

I appreciate your rant about all, but don't talk that "survival" bs.


There's a difference between talking and pontificating - and when all your side can do is pontificate - you're screwed.
 
2012-07-11 07:08:05 AM
fark you, Congressman...

You come over here to Fall River, MA and sling that bullshiat.

Make sure you're wearing your running shoes, though.
 
2012-07-11 07:13:44 AM
Actually this kind of story is good news. Keep in mind that Iowa has not been as badly effected by unemployment as the rest of the nation. This guy is speaking to his constituents. He's blowing a dog whistle. "Here you are, Iowans, working hard, paying taxes, and there goes all of your money into the pockets of ni...into the pockets of a bunch of lazy slackers with refrigerators and air conditioners, living as if they belong in the Holy Sacred Middle Class, along with you! Can you imagine the nerve of these people!"

This helps to guarantee his re-election. But on the national scene, it helps to guarantee that everyone who has been thrown out of work, but is still in the GOP camp, or on the fence, rubs his chin and thinks, "That doesn't sound right. I've been open to what I hear from the GOP, but I know I'm not sitting on my ass and telling myself that I'm entitled to a free middle class lifestyle."
 
2012-07-11 07:14:36 AM
What did he say that was wrong? There's no "blanket statement" or "overgeneralization" here. 100 percent of all unemployed people do not have a job. Once again, this is part of the continued push by poor people to disenfranchise the wealthy, who have lost all influence in society, culture, and politics. We are now judged by our least intelligent citizens (those who are not rich) instead of our most intelligent citizens (those who have money). And if you think Steve King is out of touch with reality, just remember: You're not part of the top one percent, like I am. You're part of the poor, filthy, smelly 99 percent. Who is really out of touch with reality here?
 
2012-07-11 07:14:40 AM
Mr. King; our nations great and powerful Job Creators have been making record profits the past few years and are sitting on record amounts of cash. On top of that, they've had ten years of tax cuts. Shouldn't they be doing their fair share and actually create jobs?
 
2012-07-11 07:15:06 AM
When you add that all up, roughly a third of Americans of working age are not contributing to the gross domestic product of the United States."

"They should do their fair share," he added.


Well Rep. King when are you going to introduce legislation to make this slacker do her fair share for the GDP?

www.washingtonpost.com
 
2012-07-11 07:18:41 AM

Mike_LowELL: What did he say that was wrong? There's no "blanket statement" or "overgeneralization" here. 100 percent of all unemployed people do not have a job. Once again, this is part of the continued push by poor people to disenfranchise the wealthy, who have lost all influence in society, culture, and politics. We are now judged by our least intelligent citizens (those who are not rich) instead of our most intelligent citizens (those who have money). And if you think Steve King is out of touch with reality, just remember: You're not part of the top one percent, like I am. You're part of the poor, filthy, smelly 99 percent. Who is really out of touch with reality here?


Man, even Mike_LowELL is phoning it in. Granted, it's hard to be a fake Republican these days without sounding too insane or obviously sarcastic -- that's how far to the right these crazy motherfarkers have gone.
 
2012-07-11 07:19:35 AM
FTA " Pressed by a CNN anchor if the unemployed are to blame for being unemployed, King suggested that they just might be.

"One of the things is, people are told they don't need to create opportunities," he said. "It's up to somebody else to offer them a job."

So by circular Republican logic they are saying the unemployed are job creators so we should be giving them more tax breaks (in the form of unemployment) so they can maximize their job creation?

So why do they want to take away unemployment benefits and destroy jobs?
 
2012-07-11 07:25:32 AM
I thought it was Obama's fault that they're still unemployed?
 
2012-07-11 07:26:52 AM

Alphax: Polyhazard: "One of the things is, people are told they don't need to create opportunities," he said. "It's up to somebody else to offer them a job."

I like how we've adjusted the standard from "get a job" to "become a goddamn entrepreneur" in terms of who is a lazy bum in this country.

Yep. Because after months, if not years, of not finding work, people should start their own company from scratch?



The Banks will give you a loan. Tell the banker Steve King sent you, and mention LIBOR to get the special interest rate.
 
2012-07-11 07:27:12 AM

quatchi: Lenny_da_Hog: There is a deep need to judge on this issue.

True across the board but particularly from the RW perspective.

Seriously, look at the things that matter most to them. From slut-shaming women who want access to abortion and other health services, to trying to shame gay folks back into closet by making gays officially second class citizens to trying to undercut the social safety net in order to punish "lazy" people they seem to be all about the blame and shame game.

They don't want to fix problems just affix blame in an orgy of public shaming and then pat themselves on their collective back for what they perceive as the blow they just struck for 'morality'.

People who, in order to feel good about themselves, need to make other people feel bad about themselves are not good people.


there's an awful lot of THIS in this country.
 
2012-07-11 07:32:20 AM

Cookbook's Anarchist: puffy999: Seriously, I've heard too many people say "I'd take that job, but it doesn't pay enough so I'm going to stay on unemployment for now." It's rather disturbing.

Meanwhile, these people are busy fixing up their house while they let their unemployment run out, because somehow THAT is going to make them money *rolls eyes*.

Piss on you. I was barely making ends meet, and now I have even less money with unemployment. I have been applying to jobs for over nine months with fewer than ten interviews. I have been turned down each and every time, and I am simply asking for $15/hr, which is what my last job paid even though I did the work of three people whom were downsized so the owners could get fat bonuses.

Even worse, the state requires a sit down for extended benefits which minimizes the chance to travel, and these can occur at any time. Due to making just enough to eat and pay for my internet which allows me to search for jobs rather than drive around in 110 degree weather with an old car that needs work, which ha ha, I can't farking afford due to making only enough to stay afloat.

I have applied for $9/hr jobs because a full time $9/hr job would pay more than my unemployment could ever afford, but hey hey, I'm overqualified to push a broom and mop around since I got some fancy degree which shows I have ambition and aspirations so I can't be hired for that job. And anything else requires more formal education and training which I can't afford (seeing the cycle Sparky?) since I only receive enough to pay necessary bills (health insurance, cell phone, internet, gas, groceries). I stretch it and pinch the quarter till the farking eagle cries. So tell me, where are these jobs which can be had at the drop of a hat in my state with 12% unemployment?

My former manager received a bonus for $30,000. That was a little less than I made in one year working 50-55 hours per week. I asked for a $2/hr ($4,000 per year) raise, and was then laid off for job redundancy althoug ...


What did/do you do for a living? where do you live?
 
2012-07-11 07:32:53 AM
Maybe he should propose some sort of mandate, where people need to contribute to the system. I'm fairly confident it's constitutional.
 
2012-07-11 07:37:16 AM

Weaver95: King said. "Some can't do anything about that, some aren't willing to do anything about that. When you add that all up, roughly a third of Americans of working age are not contributing to the gross domestic product of the United States."

"They should do their fair share," he added.

every day I get up, hit the internets, find job postings, and apply for jobs. every weekday, that is...I go to job fairs, research companies, find out who's hiring....you know what I found tho? two things: 1. everyone wants my 15 years of experience with every form of technology known to mankind...but nobody wants to PAY me for it. 2. tech jobs are bleeding out of my state faster than ever before. companies don't want to hire US workers...they want to hire a 10 pack of indians or chinese to half ass their shiat and hope it holds together for 2 quarters and they get their bonus checks out of the company.

so you want to put me back to work. ok, i'm more than up for it. But understand that I got bills to pay just like you do Congressman. I have a bare minimum that I need to meet in order to survive. Stop companies from shipping jobs overseas, reward companies for hiring people like me. that'll get us all back to work again pretty damn quick. But don't sit there and tell the unemployed that 'we're not doing our fair share'. Because a lot of us are.

/resume available upon request.
//not kidding.


This.

/This is why you are on my favorites list.
 
2012-07-11 07:37:44 AM

SevenizGud: incoherent rambling


Was going to try and talk sense to you but noticed you're from OKC.
It's a damn shame Terry and Timmy couldn't afford more fertilizer. God knows I would have chipped in if I had known their plan.
 
2012-07-11 07:44:01 AM

Kibbler: Actually this kind of story is good news. Keep in mind that Iowa has not been as badly effected by unemployment as the rest of the nation. This guy is speaking to his constituents. He's blowing a dog whistle. "Here you are, Iowans, working hard, paying taxes, and there goes all of your money into the pockets of ni...into the pockets of a bunch of lazy slackers with refrigerators and air conditioners, living as if they belong in the Holy Sacred Middle Class, along with you! Can you imagine the nerve of these people!"

This helps to guarantee his re-election. But on the national scene, it helps to guarantee that everyone who has been thrown out of work, but is still in the GOP camp, or on the fence, rubs his chin and thinks, "That doesn't sound right. I've been open to what I hear from the GOP, but I know I'm not sitting on my ass and telling myself that I'm entitled to a free middle class lifestyle."


No no no. THEY'RE special. THEY'RE entitled to that money. It's the lazy blacks in the BIG CITIES that are the ones living it up on the government money.
 
2012-07-11 07:45:57 AM

Satanic_Hamster: Kibbler: Actually this kind of story is good news. Keep in mind that Iowa has not been as badly effected by unemployment as the rest of the nation. This guy is speaking to his constituents. He's blowing a dog whistle. "Here you are, Iowans, working hard, paying taxes, and there goes all of your money into the pockets of ni...into the pockets of a bunch of lazy slackers with refrigerators and air conditioners, living as if they belong in the Holy Sacred Middle Class, along with you! Can you imagine the nerve of these people!"

This helps to guarantee his re-election. But on the national scene, it helps to guarantee that everyone who has been thrown out of work, but is still in the GOP camp, or on the fence, rubs his chin and thinks, "That doesn't sound right. I've been open to what I hear from the GOP, but I know I'm not sitting on my ass and telling myself that I'm entitled to a free middle class lifestyle."

No no no. THEY'RE special. THEY'RE entitled to that money. It's the lazy blacks in the BIG CITIES that are the ones living it up on the government money.


You're right, and that right there is why I hate people.
 
2012-07-11 07:47:34 AM
Crap. I said "effected." I can't believe I made that mistake. "Affected," not "effected."
 
2012-07-11 07:49:46 AM
you have to have id to get a job and every body knows ids are racist so if you have a job you must be racist
 
2012-07-11 07:55:31 AM
FTA: "There's a number approaching 100 million Americans of working age that are simply not in the workforce.." King said. ...
Article states that: Exclude workers nearing the retirement age of 65 and up, and 52 million are not in the workforce.

Hold on, but probably close to half of these 52 million are stay at home moms. I thought the GOP wanted moms to stay at home, why are we now degrading these hard working women??
 
2012-07-11 07:55:57 AM
Sounds like communism to me.
 
2012-07-11 07:56:20 AM

squrt: you have to have id to get a job and every body knows ids are racist so if you have a job you must be racist


You're getting ahead of yourself - your school most likely won't cover morality and ethics until high school, so for now buckle down and focus on writing, punctuation and grammar.
 
2012-07-11 07:59:32 AM
Hey, Mitt Romney has been unemployed for years, but do you hear HIM complain about it? No, he creates opportunities for himself. All these people need to do is reinvest their capital, and do something useful. Get others to invest in them.

IT'S SCIENCE!
 
2012-07-11 08:00:41 AM
I've held three "real" engineering jobs since graduating years ago.

Also two part time jobs (one under the table) during unemployment stretches to help make ends meet.

Lost the first job when the foundry was bought by venture capitalists who gutted the company and sold off the assets.

Fired from the second after 6 months. PA/NJ area foundry didnt like that I was getting resentful after realizing that as a salary employee I was making less than the custodians per hour due to mandatory 60-66 hour weeks on "40 hour salary"

Now I'm in SC and am seeing firsthand how harmful sabotaging public education has been for the manufacturing sector. They expect to be able to make aircraft parts with temp employees who cant even read a 1-10 scale on a measuring device without digital output.

As a fellow Iowan who has already seen the GOP's policies in action, I invite Steve King to eat a massive dick. Had he not spent years helping to drive bright young Iowans out of the state, his seat in western Iowa would have been safe forever. Now that the population has shrunk and we are down to 4 reps instead of 5, his zone now stretches into the liberal bastion of Ames, IA.
 
2012-07-11 08:00:49 AM
The guy is channeling Reagan, who repeatedly told the made up story about welfare queens who could afford Cadillacs. It's all a thin veneer over the racist fears that hardworking white people are paying for minorities to pop out babies and sit on street corners eating government paid for watermelon.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/opinion/19krugman.html
 
2012-07-11 08:02:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I look forward to seeing the jobs bill the honorable Representative plans to introduce next week

/what?


Didn't you read the whole article? Rep. King says unemployed people should be making their OWN jobs (i.e. "create opportunities") and not just waiting for jobs to become available.

How bootstrappy of him.
 
2012-07-11 08:06:39 AM

czei: The guy is channeling Reagan, who repeatedly told the made up story about welfare queens who could afford Cadillacs. It's all a thin veneer over the racist fears that hardworking white people are paying for minorities to pop out babies and sit on street corners eating government paid for watermelon.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/opinion/19krugman.html


Oh, there are some out there who abuse the system, sure (I know a few); but that's a very small minority. Again, it's one of those things where people take a small subset of a group and say "THIS IS A LARGE AND REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE." No, no it's not.

You want people to get back to work, or even have the skills to be "bootstrappy" and make their own opportunities? Education! Cutting things like funding to Voc Rehab (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, DUBYA) isn't going to help.
 
2012-07-11 08:07:17 AM

squrt: you have to have id to get a job and every body knows ids are racist so if you have a job you must be racist


Thanks, Socrates...
 
2012-07-11 08:09:25 AM
At what point can we call the Huff Post a "gossip rag?" It should only be downloadable on the Supermarket checkout line.
 
2012-07-11 08:14:34 AM
Is there some sort of giant palm we can plant on Easter Island?
Because they do have giant faces. And I think the need is obvious.
 
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