It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours. Harry S. Truman
Many people don’t see trouble until it hits them. It’s not that we are blind but empathy is incredibly difficult for people wrapped up in their own lives. It happens to all of us at some point but it shouldn’t happen to politicians.
Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay recently was quoted making an argument against providing unemployment extensions for people. He 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.
He was later asked if he thought that people were unemployed because they want to be, he responded:
well, it is the truth. and people in the real world know it. And they have friends and they know it. Sure, we ought to be helping people that are unemployed find a job, but we also have budget considerations that are incredibly important, especially now that Obama is spending monies that we don’t have
This raises a question: Have you ever been accused or had the impression that people think you want to be unemployed?
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