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These guys are so unbelievably arrogant, mean spirited, and out of touch. Here is House freshman teabagger and would be Rush Limbaugh, Blake Farenthold, insulting unemployed workers by comparing them to drug addicts and alcoholics

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At one point during the session, a man asked about drug testing for “welfare recipients.” Farenthold said that this is an idea worth considering, and then went on to complain that unemployment insurance is too generous. He then compared Americans on unemployment insurance to alcoholics and drug addicts:

FARENTHOLD: Drug testing for recipients of various welfare programs, I really think that’s something that needs to be considered. We’ve gotta, you know, nobody wants to starve anybody. Everybody wants to help folks out. But we’ve got a system where you can stay on unemployment for an awfully long time. And I think we need to create a system of decreasing benefits over time to encourage you to get a job. I think anybody who’s had an alcoholic in their life or somebody with a drug problem, realizes that until things get bad enough there’s no incentive to change. I think that we’re so generous in some of our social problems that people are unwilling to get a job outside in the heat. Rather than get 15 dollars to go get roofing they’d rather get 9 or 10 dollars in benefits. I think drug testing is not an unreasonable requirement to get benefits.

Again, its one of the Right's favorite lines of attack, the old "blame the victim" strategy of diffusing responsibility for high unemployment away from where it belongs, namely companies enjoying record profits and a do-nothing GOP led Congress that clearly doesn't care about workers.

Farenthold seems to think that the jobs are out there but that workers are too lazy or unmotivated to go look for them.

Of course, this is the same lying teabagger who claimed, recently, with a straight face, that air traffic control mistakes result from ‘a run of bad luck,’ not budget cuts

Here's hoping that those in his district, fooled into voting against their interests (or perhaps, simply not voting), will come to their senses and toss this heartless and mindless Koch parrot out of office.

In the meantime, here is a closeup mug shot of Congressman Tea and Crumpets (with extra butter please) from the Gulf Coast

as well as the book cover of the classic sociological study of blaming the victim, of which this is merely the latest instance

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