Conservatives to the unemployed: Stop Being Unemployed & We Can Solve This Unemployment Problem

Friday, December 03, 2010
First they tell me that a pre-existing condition is like a burning house. Now they say that people are unemployed because they want to be. No, seriously. They have been pushing this meme for a while now. Back in March Tom Delay said this:
“You know,” Delay said, “there is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits keeps people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don’t look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out."
I always love the "some studies" line. What studies Mr. Delay? There was one study that found that 1.2 Million unemployed workers have given up on finding a job. I suppose that if you haven't found a job in a couple of years, you would start to feel just a little hopeless.

I am sure you can find someone who is abusing the system and not looking for work, but I suspect by and large, most people don't want to be unemployed.

Back in August the odious Glenn Beck said1:
“You now have people and we’ve shown some of them. We now have people that are on unemployment, but they won’t take another job. They won’t take a job, because well I can’t make as much. I’m making more on unemployment. They have sold their soul to the federal government. They have sold their pride. “
Glenn, who knows something about selling souls, is using the welfare queen defense.  That somehow these horrible unemployed people are doing better than you on your tax dollar. This is a long standing tactic from the right. It's always the victims fault, unless, of course, they are victims.

Now comes another pundit pushing this idea. Juan Williams2 of Fox News chimed in with this doozy:
"To me it's crazy because the longer that person is unemployed the more difficult it is then for them to get a job," Williams said. "Because employers, potential employers, will look and see that gee, they've been out forever, it doesn't make sense. And I think that's partly playing in to this cycle. And at some point then it becomes a matter of you lose your work ethic, your values are impacted, you know, getting up, showing up, dressing well, all that good stuff."
That's right, if you just got out of bed and took a bath, you could get a job.  So quit your bellyaching and find a job. By the way, if you aren't already depressed and angry, search Google for "The Unemployed Need Not Apply".

1.) Glenn Beck's comment, and for extra credit, Glenn is claiming the suffering of the poor is a lie. Merry Christmas
2.) A couple links documenting Juan Williams comments. Crooks & Liars & Zandar vs The Stupid
This is blog post 138 for 2010. Only 3 more to match last years output.


  1. Some seems to need a realitycheck! Grr, they can start by comparing jobs out against unemployed and then move out to compare against unemployed with qualifications for job out!

  2. Bastards. This from people who SHOULD be unemployed but aren't.


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