According to John Boehner, people aren’t unemployed because employers are cutting hours in an attempt to skirt health care laws, because of the lingering after effects of the Bush recession, or for other reasons that have nothing to do with sitting on the couch eating Doritos. According to the orange-skinned man, unemployed people are simply lazy.
Last month, Congress showed its disdain for the unemployed, and veterans, by denying millions of Americans — 300,000 of them veterans — an emergency unemployment benefit extension, choosing instead to fund the Israeli military.
Unemployment has dropped to just over 6 percent — much lower than when President Bush left office. However, John Boehner doesn’t care about silly things like facts. He does, after all, have his opinions, and those are much more important.
In a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, the Weeping Cheeto complained that those dirty poors just want to sit around and do nothing.
Boehner said that “this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.”
As is the case with nearly all right-wingnuts, Boehner jumped straight to “bootstrapping.”
“this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.”
A Boehner spokesman later claimed that the Speaker was not actually calling unemployed people lazy. “He talked about the problem of record unemployment and made the case that too many government programs don’t do enough to encourage a culture of work, rather than dependency,” said spokesman Kevin Smith.