Sometimes when I run across a few of these comments made by Republican politicians, I can’t help but feel as if there’s a secret group of them who make wagers where they bet one another to say something foolish, to see if their popularity among conservative voters will decline.
Kind of like, “Hey, go say this and see if you can still get Republicans to vote for you!”
Well, that or they’re just complete idiots. At least that’s what the facts seem to indicate.
Because that’s the only plausible answer to try and understand ignorant comments like those of Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, when he compared the unemployed to petulant children not listening to their parents. (On a side note, I wonder if the crowd for this speech was a little bigger than his last speech I wrote about?)
Speaking in South Carolina, Representative King said:
“Now, what kind of a family, if you had six kids and a third of your kids would say, ‘I’m not doing the chores, Mom.’ If any of them say, ‘I refuse, I’m not going to participate, I’m not going to contribute to the American GDP.’ Pretty soon those kids would understand you get to eat after you do the work! Not just in hopes that one day you might actually do the work!”
Yes, he actually said this.
He also went on to continue his ignorant attack against immigration reform:
“A hundred million Americans aren’t contributing. And yet, we’re looking out across the border and saying, ‘let’s bring in some more people that are uneducated, unskilled. And we’re going to put them into the unskilled workforce, and somehow we’re going to increase our economy.”
I guess he felt his comments about the unemployed being children weren’t stupid enough, he needed to really pile on the ignorance with his shot at undocumented immigrants.
So in just a couple of statements he’s called over 100 million Americans spoiled children (by the way, many of whom are Republicans), and he seemingly went out of his way to prove that he doesn’t have a clue about what’s in the immigration reform bill.
Now, is he wrong with part of his assumption that some Americans have no desire to actually try and get a job? No, absolutely not. I’ll be the first one to admit there are a small percentage who do everything they can to take advantage of our system the way it’s currently set up.
But I’ll also be the first to tell you that’s largely due to Republican policies. Not just their trickle-down economics failure, that’s a topic for a whole other day, but their insistence on continued cuts to public employment. See, I believe if we had more employees at these agencies which can identify people who abuse our welfare systems, we’d prevent much of the abuse that goes on.
However, as it stands now, conservatives continue to cut these kinds of jobs. This then leads to an overworked and understaffed public office which can’t possibly keep up with volume, so much of the abuse gets overlooked. Not only that, but those who are doing what they’re supposed to be doing in trying to get the help they truly need oftentimes don’t get prompt or competent service from their financial workers due to that same workload. So while Rep. King can complain about welfare abuse until he’s blue in the face, he’s supported many of the policies which have led to a massive reduction in public employment.
Cuts to public employment that have led to an increased dependency on welfare, by the way.
But even beyond that, his comments blanket over 100 million Americans (since he singled out “a third” of the “kids”) that he knows absolutely nothing about. He doesn’t know their circumstances, what’s going on in their lives or what they’ve had to go through.
He also opposes a hike in the minimum wage. A hike which would help millions of Americans no longer require, or qualify for, government assistance.
Then we have his comments about immigrants, which continue to show he simply has no clue what the heck he’s talking about. We have 12 million undocumented workers that are already here. The immigration reform bill doesn’t “bring more people here,” it just deals with those that are already here.
This man apparently really believes that it makes sense to try to hunt down and deport 12 million people. These people are already here, and what immigration reform does is apply common sense when dealing with those who’ve been here and have been solid contributors to our neighborhoods. Then again, this is the man who believes a large portion of immigrants have giant calves the size of cantaloupes from carrying drugs across the border. Oh, and he also claimed Ronald Reagan gave President Obama 15 million votes by signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986.
It almost seems as if Rep. King is actively trying to not be re-elected. As if some major lobbyist group has promised him millions if he can lose his re-election bid then come work for them.
No matter the cause for these kind of ignorant comments, King has clearly proven himself to be one of the biggest fools in Congress.
And that’s really saying something.