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The Inanity Boggles the Mind

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 16:53 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

How did I miss this? Almost a week and a half ago, former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay appeared on CNN and participated in the following exchange with Candy Crowley about unemployed people:

“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 argued.

“People are unemployed because they want to be? ” asked Crowley.

“Well, it is the truth. And people in the real world know it,” said DeLay.

It’s an odd statement, even for Tom DeLay, who has said some foolish things in his career. I have collected unemployment, and it is true that receiving that check takes a little of the edge off and slightly assuages the sense of urgency to find work this minute. But that’s a far cry from wanting to be unemployed. I also have no doubt that some people who were working by choice rather than necessity are now content to collect unemployment and take it easy. Those people, though, comprise a small percentage of those receiving benefits.

Frankly, DeLay’s contention is one I would expect from the Obama administration as a way to explain away the effective unemployment rate, which is much higher than even the bleak official numbers that are reported each month. (Effective unemployment rate measures not only people actively looking for work, but also those who have dropped off the unemployment rolls and have given up the hunt out of sheer frustration.) But even the White House spin doctors aren’t stupid enough to use such an excuse. Mr. DeLay, apparently, is.

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