If you've been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she's sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle's angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job -- one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle's mind!
Last night, Angle discussed this matter with Nevada political reporter and host par-excellence John Ralston, on his "Face To Face" show. There, Angle attempted to clarify her remarks. But she continued to hold that America is just brimming with jobs, for everyone.
RALSTON: How would you have voted on that bill to extend unemployment benefits?
ANGLE: I would have voted no, because the truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does. And what we really need to do is put people back to work. So if you want to ease people back into work, what we need is an unemployment benefit that pays part. You know, you go to work, you have something of a safety net, in unemployment. But just to give them full unemployment benefits and then extend those for two years or more gets them not only out of the working class but it also depreciates their skills, so they're not actually able to go out and compete in that workforce, so what we really want, is we want something that stimulates a group of people to go back into what we know as that free market.
Ralston then played a clip of Angle, explaining her position thusly: "You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job but it doesn't pay as much. We've put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry."You know, "our citizenry" are like children or dogs, we just keep spoiling them. If they had to work harder then all of our problems would just magically go away. As she famously said, "As your US Senator, I'm not in the business of creating jobs." Really?? I thought that our representatives were trying to help. Guess not.