Republican Compares Unemployed Americans to Spoiled Children Who Won’t Listen to Their Parents

Steve-KingSometimes 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • zobva

    “The Republican vision is clear: I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.” — Elizabeth Warren

    • Johnnygee

      Elizabeth Warren is my hero.

  • Matthew Reece

    “He also opposes a hike in the minimum wage. A hike which would help
    millions of Americans no longer require, or qualify for, government
    False. A hike in the minimum wage will lead to unemployment for workers whose labor is not worth the new minimum wage.

    • Sherry

      Historically when the minimum wage goes up unemployment sees very little increase if any at all. More people being able to afford to shop means they sell more. If they sell more their businesses make more money. What sense is it having workers that work for you but can’t afford to buy your product? Mr. Ford had it right.

      ‘No one loses anything by raising wages as soon as he is able. It has always paid us. Low wages are the most costly any employer can pay. It is like using low-grade material–the waste makes it very expensive in the end. There is no economy in cheap labor or cheap material.”

      • Charles Vincent

        “What sense is it having workers that work for you but can’t afford to buy your product? Mr. Ford had it right.”

        Mr. Ford made his product cheaper by perfecting mass production, not by paying his workers more.

        Minimum wage hurts less productive workers.

      • jerrystraut

        Ford astonished the world in 1914 by offering a $5 per day wage ($110 today), which more than doubled the rate of most of his workers.[

      • Charles Vincent

        Well it wasn’t 110 a day it was more like 80 a day which works out to about 9/hour

        “At the time, workers could count on about $2.25 per day, for which they worked nine-hour shifts. It was pretty good money in those days, but the toll was too much for many to bear. Ford’s turnover rate was very high. In 1913, Ford hired more than 52,000 men to keep a workforce of only 14,000. New workers required a costly break-in period, making matters worse for the company. Also, some men simply walked away from the line to quit and look for a job elsewhere. Then the line stopped and production of cars halted. The increased cost and delayed production kept Ford from selling his cars at the low price he wanted. Drastic measures were necessary if he was to keep up this production.”

      • Charles Vincent

        Paul krugman also noted that;
        “But in any case there is a fundamental flaw in the argument: Surely the benefits of low turnover and high morale in your work force come not from paying a high wage, but from paying a high wage “compared with other companies” — and that is precisely what mandating an increase in the minimum wage for all companies cannot accomplish.”

        Those wages were also not what they seemed.
        “The $5-a-day rate was about half pay and half bonus. The bonus came with character requirements and was enforced by the Socialization Organization. This was a committee that would visit the employees’ homes to ensure that they were doing things the “American way.” They were supposed to avoid social ills such as gambling and drinking. They were to learn English, and many (primarily the recent immigrants) had to attend classes to become “Americanized.” Women were not eligible for the bonus unless they were single and supporting the family. Also, men were not eligible if their wives worked outside the home.”

      • Matthew Reece

        “What sense is it having workers that work for you but can’t afford to buy your product?”
        So someone who helps build a B-2 bomber should be paid 100,000 times more than someone who helps build a car?

      • Ted Malone

        Ah, Reductio ad absurdum, so about 500 BC people decided this was an invalid argument and only slightly better than name calling.

      • Matthew Reece

        If a logical proposition is valid, it must be universally applicable. I found a counterexample, therefore the logical proposition of “workers should make enough to buy back the product” is invalid.

        Your reference to people who lived around 500 BC is an example of argumentum ad populum.

    • redheadedfemme

      With all due respect, who are you to decide what someone’s labor is “worth”?

      Costco and In-n-Out Burger pay wages far above minimum. These corporations are quite successful. If they can do it, so can others.

      • Matthew Reece

        I do not decide what someone’s labor is worth. That is decided in the free market. A good or service is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. There is no such thing as intrinsic value.

  • Pipercat

    I thought there was feedback from the microphone, but it was actually the wind blowing from one ear to another…


    It’s like your crack-head parents burn down
    your house then blame YOU because you don’t
    have a place to live!
    The Republicans running the Country TANKED the
    economy, costing MILLIONS of innocent Americans
    their job thru no fault of their own.
    When WE bring up Bush they cry, “OH, you’re still blaming

    Bush 5 years later?”
    YES! YES we are! They don’t wanna talk about THAT! Not
    to mention, they are doing everything in their power to see
    our Country fail. Their ‘Sink the ship to drown the Captain’

    strategy is glaringly apparent.
    They don’t care about US!!

    • Charles Vincent

      “The Republicans running the Country TANKED the
      economy, costing MILLIONS of innocent Americans
      their job thru no fault of their own.”
      Wrong the democrats were running the congressional committees associated with the tanked economy.

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