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Morons in Congress remain overrepresented:
Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann and Steve King (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
It probably seems like we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about what Iowa Republican and generic crazy person Steve King has to say about particular issues.  It is not because Steve King is particularly crazy compared to other Republican politicians, but because he is a remarkably unfiltered one: What comes out of Steve King's mouth is no different from what a great many other conservative congresscritters think, but they are willing to be more subtle in how they phrase it, and Steve King, well ... lacks that ability.

The newest case in point: he thinks the problem with unemployment in America today is that we are "a nation of slackers":

REP. STEVE KING: United States of America borrows money and hands it to people and tells them, you don't have to work for this. You don't have to produce anything for this. We just want you to spend it. That's your patriotic duty, to take the money that we borrowed from the Chinese, and the debt burden we put on our grandchildren, and put it in people's hands and say it's a patriotic thing, take your food stamps and take your rent subsidy and heat subsidy and your unemployment check, and go engage in commerce, that's patriotic. Um, no? [...]

The former speaker of the House, Speaker Pelosi, has consistently said that unemployment checks are one of those reliable and immediate forms of economy recovery, that you get a lot of bang for your buck when you pay people not to work, and they will go out and spend that money immediately, therefore we should pass out unemployment checks and stimulate the economy. That statement is ridiculous where I come from, Mr. Speaker. To pay people not to work, and somehow in that formula it stimulates the economy. [...]

The 80 million Americans that are of working age but are simply not in the workforce need to be put to work. We can't have a nation of slackers and then have me have to sit in the Judiciary Committee listening to them argue that there's work that Americans won't do, so we have to import people to do the work that Americans won't do, and borrow money to pay the welfare of people that won't work. That is a foolish thing for a nation to do. We've gotta get this country back to work and get those people out of the slacker rolls and onto the employed rolls.

So the reason we have all these unemployed people, or poor people, or hungry people is not a lack of decent jobs, but apparently just that Americans are lazy slobs, and if they would only get off their asses and work the problem would be solved. Note that the jobs Americans won't do is something that a John McCain would say, so King is hardly on the fringe of conservative thought here, but the thing King is most immediately railing against here is the premise that assisting the poor is, regardless of the obvious morality of the thing, also an act that stimulates the economy as a whole: That would seem to be uncontroversial, though, if we were to simply look at the data.

Steve King, however, never looks at the data, for any reason. He believes that the problem with America is that we give money to poor people, or give people unemployment insurance so that families that suffer temporary joblessness are not immediately catapulted into homelessness and poverty, and so like most modern conservatives he has no interest in the bare facts of whether these things are successful or not. He believes that the problem is that a new, large segment of the American population simply can't be bothered to work, and if he believes it, to hell with anything else.

So here is a question for Steve King. Unemployment is currently above nine percent, as many people keep repeating over and over. It is usually much less. Does this mean that the problem with America's current economy is that over the last few years, a massive number of Americans simply turned lazy? Why? What happened to suddenly turn them into "slackers" in such large numbers?

According to Steve King, the problem isn't a lack of jobs. He says we've "gotta get this country back to work," but he has done his damnedest to make sure that America does nothing to actually put people to work. We could have a jobs program, if Steve "biggest asshole in the Congress" King wasn't trying his best to foil it in increasingly petty, stupid little ways. We could build some infrastructure, we could fix some old infrastructure, we could make those sorts of investments in America's future while retraining our workforce at the same time, and it would all be very, very cheap, considering how investors are currently throwing free money at the United States, in the form of the bond markets: But we can't have any of that. All we can have is small-minded little congressmen heckling the jobless as being lazy and shiftless: Apparently, that is the only "jobs" program Steve King feels America needs.

There is good news, however, and I expect every unemployed American to take him up on this: Steve King believes that there are jobs out there. So go ask him for one. Call him up, send him an email, and he'll fix you up. Out of work for a year? Two years? Longer? Call his office and tell them that you heard that America has plenty of jobs, and that you would fucking like one please, thank you very much. Tell King to stop holding out: If he knows of a treasure-trove of jobs that would solve all these unemployment problems, then why the hell is this patriotic jackass keeping it to himself? Come up with the company names, tell us where to get the application forms. If all it takes to get a job in America is to want one, then call Congressman Steve King up and tell him you want one, and your problems will, apparently, be over.

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    •  Me thinks he would not know WORK (2+ / 0-)
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      swampyankee, SaraBeth

      if it came up and bit him in the ass.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:30:29 AM PDT

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    •  Legislators work extremely hard. Any and just (0+ / 0-)

      about all of them.  (Tom Foglietta may have been the exception that proves the rule, but that's another story.)  That's why we're in so much trouble.  If they lazed around doing nothing, we might well be better off.  Belgium hasn't had a functioning government in 18 months and they're doing better than most of the rest of Europe.--not terrific, mind you, but noticeably better.

      Whether bought or/and ideologically intransigent, politicians don't solve problems, they make problems.  We need a wholesale turnover in elected and appointed office.  The same old, same old have been running on empty for several decades.  We don't really have a fully functioning government, either; the partially functioning government we have only functions on behalf of privilege.  Which is enough to keep the facade of state in place but not enough to keep the state in good health and good order.

      "There is nothing harder to dislodge than entrenched privilege." Jake Blumgart

      by CarolinNJ on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:53:39 AM PDT

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      •  Hmmm...... (0+ / 0-)

        than the only people who will be left, who understand the rules and traditions, particularly applicable to the US Senate will be the lobbyists who are there for years.
        Not a good idea.
        But I think passing a basic civics course for legislators is a good idea. And getting the money out of politics so our legislative bodies don't have to spend so much  time sucking up to lobbyests for reelection. 20 K a day  365 days a year for sitting US Senator. Ridiculous.

        What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

        by cagernant on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 08:35:56 PM PDT

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  •  Add the video of Steve King (13+ / 0-)

    Seeing 'teh crazy' is a lot scarier than just reading it.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:05:28 AM PDT

  •  What has Steve King produced, other than pure (22+ / 0-)

    unadulterated bullshit? As a former Iowan, I cringe whenever his name is mentioned. Iowan's should get rid of this genetic near-miss.

    I think the State should track down his teachers and give them a paddling for letting this clown graduate!

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:06:27 AM PDT

  •  Why isn't this crazy in a loony house? (8+ / 0-)

    It's because of him and his ilk many are umemployed, passing useless Tax cuts that stole from the poor and gave to the rich that finance the republican party. If he had any shame he'd resign for been a disgrace and crazy at the same time.

  •  Well, a politician like King should know about (15+ / 0-)

    slackers, Congress works 3 days a week and has more vacation than the average European and what about those Americans that live on "passive" income and pay no taxes, or the hedge fund manager that making his living gambling with other people's money.  It seems that the only people King considers slackers are working Americans that HE helped screw out of jobs by authorizing that they be sent to China.

  •  Speaking of not producing things (8+ / 0-)

    physician (political elite) cure thyself.

    Ordinary political process is dead. The Supreme Court killed it. In Chambers. With a gavel.

    by Publius2008 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:07:27 AM PDT

  •  Because Unemployed Keep Blowing Job Interviews (19+ / 0-)

    Report: Unemployment High Because People Keep Blowing Their Job Interviews

    WASHINGTON—With unemployment at its highest level in decades, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report Tuesday suggesting the crisis is primarily the result of millions of Americans just completely blowing their job interviews.

    According to the findings, seven out of 10 Americans could have landed their dream job last month if they had known where they see themselves in five years, and the number of unemployed could be reduced from 14.6 million to 5 million if everyone simply greeted potential employers with firmer handshakes, maintained eye contact, and stopped fiddling with their hair and face so much.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:13:11 AM PDT

  •  Does King even know why we borrow from China? (10+ / 0-)

    We borrow from China because we're running a massive trade deficit with them.  Why do we have to borrow to pay out unemployment checks?  Because employers would rather hire Chineese at $1/hr than hire an American at $10-15/hr.  And our complete lack of tarrifs and trade protections lets them do exactly that.

    I do agree with King.  I would much rather see 80 million people doing productive work than just sitting around collecting checks.  Everyone would.  The unemployed would much rather work.

    But is King going to do anything about it?  Is he going to work for fair trade so that jobs come back from China, so we can stop borrowing from them?  So we can stop having them do our jobs for us?

    But that would take away profit from the CEOs, who are King's real bosses, so don't expect any solutions.

  •  Republicans (12+ / 0-)

    Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.

  •  King's solution would be to deport... (10+ / 0-)

    every single migrant worker picking beans for 20 cents and hour and replace them with all the unemployed Americans with "fancy" degrees.  

    That would kill two birds with one stone wouldn't it?

    •  I saw something different (2+ / 0-)
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      I saw this as him claiming IT workers refusing to work, while we have to import workers to do their jobs.  When it's quite another matter altogether.  

      Ask not for whom the ban hammer swings. It swings for thee.

      by Nada Lemming on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:25:51 AM PDT

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    •  don't forget putting women back in the kitchen (5+ / 0-)

      Many conservatives believe male unemployment is just as much the fault of women leaving the home.

      •  Has it occurred to these 1950's-glorifying (4+ / 0-)

        conservatives that's it's next to impossible for most families to live on a single income anymore? But then, if they could actually apply critical thinking skills, they won't be Republicans.

        Can I have my vision back? I will live outside your city walls. - "Ride With Me" Steppenwolf

        by 135790 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:10:51 AM PDT

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        •  unfortunately, yes it has (1+ / 0-)
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          Their predictable response to that objection is that all the new single-income families will have to learn to live within their means.  They point to the 1950s as proof that it's possible to have a thriving middle class of single-income families, and what's changed is that people want so much more stuff than they did back then.   The more libertarian among them furthermore argue that dramatically reduced family incomes will force a decline in prices to match, so no ground will be lost ... or gained, but that's a whole different argument.

          •  I've heard non- cons express the same idiocy (1+ / 0-)
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            it seems to be one of those ideas that captures people even though it makes no sense if you think about it for a moment.

            When i had young babies and was working. I got the scoldy lecture more than once that mothers could afford to stay home with our babies except that we all have cable tv and iPods.

            I fell in love with Elizabeth Warren when I had a baby and she co wrote The Two-Income Trap, back before the housing crash. Her assessment and prediction was dead-on. The fact is that the necessities of even a minimal middle class family life - housing in a decent school district, health care - increased in price far beyond any increase in wages (even before 2008). My iPod cost less than the copayment on a medical test I had to have last month - and I have insurance! (but hey, if anyone wants to buy a 4yo iPod for $400 bucks, gimme a call.)

      •  We need to cut work hours in half so both sexes (0+ / 0-)

        can work and still have time to do household, parenting and community justice.

        •  presumably without cutting incomes in half (3+ / 0-)
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          It doesn't matter who does the work or even how many people have jobs if everyone's still too poor to buy anything they don't absolutely need.  The weak economy is the fault of weak demand, and the only way to fix that is to put more money in people's hands.

          •  ...and the only way to do that is (0+ / 0-)

            to put more people back to work. Even at minimum wage, it is better to work hard, then to not work at all. Let us change the statute a bit: If the company is in America, it must hire native born Americans, not green-card carrying Americans, or illegal-alien non-registered migrants. If any company hires any person other than a native born American, said company must pay a fine of $1M to cover the unemployment of any/all native born Americans per month, until it corrects its mistake.

            See, we should make all big-business CEO's pay for the unemployment of Americans. I guarantee after they see that kind of red-zone in their corporate pocketbook, they will see the error in their ways and start paying to employ good American workers, over their migrant workers. $10/hour to make money via production and manufacturing, vs $10/hour to keep said American at home, seems like a better idea.

            Obama OUT in two-oh-one-two; pull out the pecker and stop the screw!

            by IrishRebelAmerican on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 04:09:01 PM PDT

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            •  good luck selling that (0+ / 0-)

              Conservatives want cheap labor and liberals will call you racist.

            •  I see a little problem. (0+ / 0-)

              I'm an Anglo-expat (natural-born American, but only because both parents were Bostonians, born in England). Where would that leave me? Where would that leave another friend of mine, who is in his twenties and came over legally at age 11? Sounds vaguely xenointolerant to me, if that's a word.

              14 years old and fighting like heck to make a difference,

              by TomorrowsProgressives on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 07:21:36 PM PDT

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  •  Does anyone know how Christy Vilsack (3+ / 0-)
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    is doing?  Is it time to start helping her?  With this viable opponent we have an opportunity to rid ourselves of this creep.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith

    by HappyinNM on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:18:00 AM PDT

  •  Can you fix the link that goes with this? (1+ / 0-)
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    foil it in increasingly petty, stupid little ways


    This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

    by Black Max on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:19:01 AM PDT

  •  Make him the face of the Republican Party (11+ / 0-)

    Out of work? Republicans say it's your fault. [over some grainy black and white stills of Boehner and Bush]
    [low sinister voice] Steve King Republican

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:19:09 AM PDT

  •  If benefits and subsidies (2+ / 0-)
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    cause unemployment and laziness, then we should be able to go look at the data and show that the rise in outlay of benefits and subsidies took place before the rise in joblessness and loss of income.


    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:19:15 AM PDT

    •  I've tried this argument (2+ / 0-)
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      nicolemm, dkosdan

      To conservatives, government assistance and poverty and unemployment aren't in a strict linear relationship, but something more like the proverbial chicken and the egg. Unemployment can go up before benefits outlays, but they don't see that as disproving their essential point of a symbiotic relationship between poor people and the government at the expense of "producers" like themselves.  When there are more poor and unemployed people, obviously government gets bigger and spends more; just as when government gets bigger and spends more, there can be more poor and unemployed people.  Logically, if the government gets smaller and spends less, people will have no other option but to get jobs and get rich, in which case demand for government services will decline.

      You need to understand that while conservatives never miss an opportunity to judge people who don't own homes and businesses and belong to a country club, they don't really care how you do live so long as they aren't getting taxed to provide something for you.

      •  But we don't give a shit what Repubs think (1+ / 0-)
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        the battleground is the minds of the non-political, non-aligned independents who swing back and forth.

        Watch the polls.  There is ALWAYS a group of idiots, about 25% roughly that are staunch Republican loons that believe bat-shit lunacy (they STILL think the President is a Kenyan Muslim Mau-Mau), you can count on it, every single poll you could propose, no matter how loony, would have these dipshits agreeing with it.

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:41:13 AM PDT

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        •  good luck convincing moderates of anything (3+ / 0-)
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          In my experience, they're the classic "low information voters".  They'll vote the way they do for the stupidest reasons you've ever heard.  They're all over the map on the issues and can change positions on a dime based on subtle semantics or a single piece of data.  They're the masters of doublethink - of two minds on the same issue - and like a true politician they call it "compromise", "pragmatism", or "flexibility", while holding it up as an obvious solution that they just can't understand why DC doesn't just go and do it.

          They're drawn to whomever can give them the simplest explanation for any problem and its solution - even if the explanation is completely wrong - especially if that solution doesn't require anything from them and especially if they get to benefit from the solution as well.

          Worse, they think their ignorance and naivete makes them uniquely qualified to participate in the political process - "I could do a better job than anyone in Washington: Republican or Democrat!" - because all the rest of us are just a bunch of partisans and ideologues more interested in the fight than the victory.

          The Republicans have gone down the ideological rabbit hole, but moderates are stuck at a preschool-level understanding of the way things work.  They're the people who object most strongly to "incivility" for example.

          •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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            They're the people who object most strongly to "incivility" for example.

            And mebbe the alleged eleven-dimensional chess player-in-chief might actually be proven right with all that annoying accomodation and maddening "Mr Reasonable Man at the Tantrum Festival" stuff that's been going on for the past couple of years.

            Mebbe the President is counting on his base to be the adults in the room and have his back while he intentionally panders to the hard-to-satisfy uninvolved and uncommitted 35% "middle," BECAUSE HE HAS TO!!!!!

            "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

            by leftykook on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:26:15 AM PDT

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  •  And speaking from experience, Teabaggers cannot (10+ / 0-)

    make the cognitive connection that in order to RECEIVE those benefits, you have HAD TO WORK for them.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:20:05 AM PDT

    •  I've found that King's (2+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, VictorLaszlo

      sentiment underlies all the conservative claptrap - that poor people are lazy, dumb, don't deserve to vote and frankly don't deserve to exist.

      No matter what argument I get into, for years, it always comes down to that.  Your sick and broke?  tough shit, your fault.  Lost your job?  Your fault.  Etc.

      Unless of course it happens to them, then it's different.  And it's amazing to see their abject refusal to recognize their own hypocrisy.  "Well, I worked for what I have.  I pulled myself up by the boot straps.  I'm not lazy - not like those other people."

      Fuckers.  And sociopaths.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:49:52 AM PDT

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  •  With these three... (4+ / 0-)
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    SaraBeth, AD in SC, dkosdan, cocinero

    stooges in congress, no wonder we're in the mess we're in.  We need to give our President a congress that will work.  This congress has to be the laziest of all time.  

  •  I hope his phone lines (6+ / 0-)

    burn on Monday:

    1131 Longworth Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202.225.4426
    Fax: 202.225.3193

    Iowa offices:

    208 W Taylor Street, P.O. Box 601
    Creston, IA 50801
    Phone: 641.782.2495
    Fax: 641.782.2497

    40 Pearl Street
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    Phone: 712.325.1404
    Fax: 712.325.1405

    306 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 650
    Spencer, IA 51301
    Phone: 712.580.7754
    Fax: 712.580.

    526 Nebraska Street
    Sioux City, IA 51101
    Phone: 712.224.4692
    Fax: 712.224.4693

    800 Oneida Street, Suite A
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
    Phone: 712.732.4197
    Fax: 712.732.4217

  •  Scary group photo (5+ / 0-)

    Reaching the critical mass of ignorant.

    Are Barack Obama and Jon Huntsman the only sane Republicans running for president in 2012?

    by al23 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:24:53 AM PDT

    •  As I call those three (1+ / 0-)
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      Tweedle Dumb, Tweedle Dumber, and Tweedle Dumbest.

      The hard part is figuring out who's the dumbest as they all hold a special place in the "How can you be that dumb" olympics.

      and now a word from our diabolical corporate overlords...

      by Pursang on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 12:12:38 PM PDT

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  •  King is right about immigration though (1+ / 0-)
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    With 80 million unemployed Americans, it makes absolutely no sense to pay out welfare and unemployment to people who aren't working, and then to turn around and coddle spoiled rotten corporations and companies who don't want to pay a fair wage for labor, and who simply want to import a new group desperate enough to take slave wages.

    We pay people not to work, and then we import people to work for less than minimum wage.  How does that make any sense?
    We don't have a labor shortage, we don't need more labor.  What we need is to force companies to pay a decent wage, so we can pay less unemployment.

    The status quo is simply making the situation worse.  Every new immigrant must compete with unemployed Americans for scarce resources.  If we can't force the government to return to fair trade, then the unemployed will eventually be cut off completely, and will then have to compete with millions of immigrants for scarce charity as they all slowly starve to death.

    We need to stop coddling CEOs who refuse to pay decent wages.  Why are we helping them?

  •  In Line with "Mental Recession" of 2008 (0+ / 0-)

    So it's The Why do you hate this country You're Obsessed with misquoting me out of context while I was in the process of misspeaking with the sun in my eyes while chowing down and bashing Sharia law God Bless America defense.......

    by JML9999 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:28:06 AM PDT

  •  Excellent idea!!! (6+ / 0-)

    Call his office.  E-mail resume's.  Ask for a job application.

    And don't just start and stop at King's office.

    Bombard every GOP.  Maybe there districts will have the jobs.

    You know- Mr. King should come to my neck in the woods.  Ten years ago there was great discussion to build a freight train line to ease the congestion on our only highway due to the large number of tractor trailers on the road.  Now i hardly ever see a truck unless I go closer to the city.

    Where once we had dozens of industrial parks- now we have some.

    All but a few of my friends still have their 'twenty somethings'  living at home.  And most of the empty nesters (like me)  have kids living in other states because they can't afford to live in their hometown.

    There are no jobs.

    A friend has a hardware store, and last month he had over 100 apply for a mininum wage position.

    I can see now that the argument against the jobs bill will to convince the people that the jobs are there- we are just to lazy to work.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:29:05 AM PDT

  •  We can finally get rid of King (16+ / 0-)

    Christie Vilsack, wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and thus herself former 1st lady of Iowa, has moved to Ames (home of Iowa State) which is in the newly drawn district and has declared for the nomination against King.   She raised well over 400K during 87 days last quarter while running an exploratory committee.

    Here's the link for her campaign website.

    If you are in the DC area and would like to meet/support Christie Vilsack and are free 5:30-7:00 on Wednesday, contact me by message and give me your email (or put your email in a comment below this) and I will send you the information on a fundraiser ($250) with Steny Hoyer on behalf of Christie.

    FULL DISCLOSURE -  the Vilsacks are personal friends.  I am actively helping with Christie's campaign as a volunteer.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:29:19 AM PDT

  •  Agricultural guest workers (4+ / 0-)
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    These are probably the jobs he's talking about:

    Rep: U.S. faces agriculture 'crisis' without farm-worker visa reform

    The agricultural industry in the United States could face a crisis if the country doesn't find a way to attract more legal farm workers from abroad soon. That's one of the conclusions reached Wednesday at a congressional hearing....

    Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-California, in his opening remarks as chairman of the subcommittee, said, "There are simply not enough Americans willing to do, to take the jobs of migrant farm workers. In fact, our government's policy for generations has been to remove Americans from such labor."

    The lack of American farm workers and the labor needs of the agricultural industry coupled with low wages in Mexico create a situation in which the demand attracts many Mexican workers who enter the United States legally or otherwise.

    GOP secret jobs plan: Retrain the unemployed as well as recent college grads to become migrant agricultural workers. That would solve the immigration problems, too. Meanwhile our infrastructure can continue to crumble. But under this plan we don't need schools, even. We can even get rid of public schools because those that can't afford private schools are just going to end up with careers working the fields.

    •  Kernel of truth in it (1+ / 0-)
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      I have friends (hippie college graduates) who have worked doing seasonal harvesting of apples and other crops. It's not just the low wages that are a barrier. Where I live, the bus routes don't connect urban unemployed people (or rural ones) with the farms that need labor, and the farms do not have a good system for recruiting. If farms would recruit in the city, and provide transportation, and training, AND if you could be sure of going back on unemployment when the season was over, there might be more potential for hiring people. It does bother me when special visas are used to provide cheap labor for the fields, the Hershey's factory (student intern H-1 visas), and a host of other things, and I have no objection to the government tightening up on those work visas.

  •  mcdonalds hires 62,000 (6+ / 0-)

    but turns away 938,000 applicants.

    Little facts the corrupt such as this republican assclown will never discuss.

    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1790

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:29:58 AM PDT

  •  Hmm...we're the slackers ???? (5+ / 0-)
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    SaraBeth, dkosdan, qofdisks, cocinero, tmo

    Didn't I just read in here yesterday what the Congress managed to NOT get done yesterday...or the day before that....or the day before that...???

    I don't know about you but I see a pattern here.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by JMoore on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:30:12 AM PDT

  •  So that is why this morning (4+ / 0-)
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    I saw the elderly gentleman jimmying open the recycling bin for cans to get funds.

    And the young healthy guy is working a job sweeping the streets with a broom and dustpan. Instead of doing another better paying job his body is still in shape for.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:32:47 AM PDT

  •  What a bunch of maroooons the GOP are! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, VictorLaszlo

    Liberal (from Webster's Dictionary): tolerant of views differing from one's own; broad-minded

    by 50sbaby on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:33:36 AM PDT

  •  How (4+ / 0-)
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    did they get the three dumbest members of congress in the same picture? Com'on Hunter you photo-shopped it didn't you?

    As we know, 2 halfwits do not make a wit and in this case these 3 halfwits ain't even close........

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:34:26 AM PDT

  •  Wait. John Boner said the "job creators" went on (5+ / 0-)
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    dkosdan, qofdisks, cocinero, VictorLaszlo, tmo

    strike. And that's why we don't have jobs.

    Now King is saying Americans are lazy. Which is it? Don't these guys huddle up and get their shit straight before facing the teevee?

    So GOP, who are the lazy ones? Americans or the so-called "job creators"?

    Every election either the democrats lose or the republicans lose. But in every election there is always the same winner. And he drives a Mercedes.

    by Methinks They Lie on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:36:26 AM PDT

  •  They don't make Republicans like (2+ / 0-)
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    this any more. Compare halfwits like these to the late Senator Charles Percy, a genuine moderate, who just died at 91.

    Are Barack Obama and Jon Huntsman the only sane Republicans running for president in 2012?

    by al23 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:37:58 AM PDT

  •  If Michele Bachmann tilted her head (0+ / 0-)

    to the right or left it looks like her hair and fake eyebrows would fall off.

    On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died. -- Adlai Stevenson

    by Ghost of NY on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:39:44 AM PDT

  •  So.... (3+ / 0-)
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    DontTaseMeBro, qofdisks, cocinero

    Banks turned down the money that was offered to them? An amount given to them in one single day that was greater than the subsidy given to ever single individual American over the past 235 years? The banks that he's still pushing to lower their taxable income? Is King now turning down their campaign contributions?

    The cognitive dissonance is astounding.

  •  When elected officials turn down (2+ / 0-)
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    campaign contributions, I'll demonize the people who choose to remain on unemployment because it's $40 less than than if they worked a 40 hour week.

  •  capitalist myth: if you have it, you deserve it. (7+ / 0-)

    And we all know better than this. But it's the rule of thumb republicans live by. They believe that if they are rich or have more than you, it's because they were smarter, and harder working than you were. It's because of some characteristic they possess that you don't. It never occurs to them, that NOBODY GETS RICH WITHOUT HELP FROM OTHERS. NOBODY GETS RICH ALONE...JUST BY HARD WORK AND SMARTS.

    Every wealthy person owes their wealth to the fact that others purchased their goods or services, or gave them a tip or paid for their college, or showed them the first stock trade paper. No man is an island.

    But republicans and libertarians like to shun the pack animal status of the human race. And it's a lie. That's why the negative consequences whenever this issue gets out of balance with truth.

    My husband is a union electrician who decides...what he should be paid...his job requires several years of school, and then apprenticeship. It is life and limb threateningly dangerous. More dangerous than that of a cop or firefighter. He works in sub zero temps and overwhelming heat. The importance of his work...he helped to build the union pacific railroad station, the zoo acquarium and rain forest, a multitude of schools, the tallest building in our city was wired by him, the new ball field...etc...

    Who decides who should make what?? That was decided by those with power...and there is nothing that says the money paid represents the true value of the work...or that those who have it are smarter than those who don't. When the halocaust comes...I am standing by my husband who surely has a better chance at saving his family than some guy who has never gotten his hands dirty or lived in fear as he uses his brain to solve a problem.

  •  80 million unemployed??? (0+ / 0-)

    Where does he get that figure? I'd like to see this broken down by category.

    For relevant sci-fi and fantasy, go to

    by Kimball Cross on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 09:49:04 AM PDT

  •  The reason Americans are lazy (1+ / 0-)
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    is all the flouride in the water and all those innoculation shots given to babies (and twelve-year-olds).  

    The Bircher's had it right; but no one would listen.

  •  King never finished the sentence. . . (8+ / 0-)

    . . . Americans won't do the work- at the wage offered

    Ask a CEO about that.  Ask a supply sider if a business has the right to walk away from a proposal if the return is so low that it will bankrupt them.  Ask an economist if negotiating price is part of free enterprise.  Gee!  Republicans do not believe in free enterprise, nor do they believe in the private sector!

    I am a liberal. So, I should not expect any consideration from the guy I helped elect.

    by waztec on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:01:03 AM PDT

  •  so Obama has created enough jobs then? (4+ / 0-)

    The problem is that people are too lazy to take them?

  •  oh look! stephen king and michelle (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, cocinero

    bachmann have the same empty, semi-psychotic blue eyes.  

    Vote GOP in 2012; let's prove the Mayans right!

    by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:08:59 AM PDT

  •  He is abhorrent enough (2+ / 0-)
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    swampyankee, dkosdan

    that I really don't want to give his info page any traffic, but isn't he from an upstate New York district that has a high degree of, you know, poverty and stuff like that?

    Not that he'd know much about such conditions, given that he receives a hefty six-figure salary at taxpayer expense and has all his office and medical bills paid by them as well.


    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:12:14 AM PDT

  •  King himself... (3+ / 0-)
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    ..needs to get a job before he starts talking shit.

    All he does all day is loiter about the halls of congress, waiting for a microphone to be placed in his face by Fixed News.

     Or he sits around waiting for his favorite lobbyist to hand him his daily envelope that contains his daily payoff cash.

    That's literally the extent of King's work day.


    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:14:09 AM PDT

  •  I've decided (1+ / 0-)
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    I've decided that not a penny of my tax money ever goes to military spending.  All "the money that we borrowed from the Chinese, and the debt burden we put on our grandchildren" has gone for F-22s and ballistic missile  submarines.

    Looking at it this way, one wonders, "Why are the Chinese lending us money to buy aircraft carrier battle groups? What's the trick?"

    “But lest there be any doubt, the idea that the death penalty is fairly and rationally imposed in this country is a farce.” Boyce F. Martin, Jr. - Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

    by tomwfox on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:25:40 AM PDT

  •  Mebbe the Iowa Imbecile can explain... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...why 5,000 people show up and camp out in line overnight in the heat or the cold to apply for 150 openings all the time, you see that sort of report on local news CONSTANTLY.

    Fuck Steve King

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:30:10 AM PDT

  •  Ya know Mr. King, (2+ / 0-)
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    not all of the unemployed are Democrats, Progressives, OR Liberals...

    I wonder how your unemployed base feels knowing that you think they are nothing but "slackers" unwilling to work.

  •  Steve King, Another Tea Party Crazy (3+ / 0-)
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    Why be surprised? Steve King, is Exhibit "A" for dysfunctional govt. under the GOP House. He stated that if the debt ceiling was not raised in time, Obama should "be impeached." He also said that if Obama won in 08, al-Qaida would be "dancing in the streets." Well, Bin Laden, thanks to  "Muslim," (LOL) Obama is "dancing  in Davey Jones's Locker." Actually, King has a lot of GOP "crazy," competition with GOP Tea Baggers Joe Walsh and NRCC head Pete Sessions. And any member of the Democratic base who wants to sit 2012 out as unenthused about Obama will only give us Perry or  Romney and a GOP House and Senate. Get out and vote in 2012!! Obama already got a long needed patent reform bill passed that will ultimately help U.S. jobs. For more on Sessions, King, Walsh, and the GOP presidential clown car, read   this  

  •  If they don't work, kill them... (1+ / 0-)
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    The 80 million Americans that are of working age but are simply not in the workforce need to be put to work. We can't have a nation of slackers and then have me have to sit in the Judiciary Committee listening to them argue that there's work that Americans won't do, so we have to import people to do the work that Americans won't do, and borrow money to pay the welfare of people that won't work. That is a foolish thing for a nation to do. We've gotta get this country back to work and get those people out of the slacker rolls and onto the employed rolls.

    And there are many old people on SS that are sitting around the nursing home, plus fakers in hospitals and nut houses, jerks in wheelchairs, and vets pretending they lost two arms and legs.


    until idiots like Steve King start actually FEELING a little of this 'shared sacrific' the right is imposing on the rest of us they will continue to make STUPID statement like " unemplyment is caused by people not working" which is the meaning behind the moranic statement king made.

    So we must immediately demand a 20% cut in the salaries of congressmembers, a 20% across the board CUT in staffing,  the closing of the GYM and cafeteria and a roll back of all benefits to currently serving AND retired members NOW

    if we have to do with less then we most certainly cant keep paying the hired HELP at these prebush era rates.

    oh and its time to CAP the benefits for retired congressmembers....   cause we tax payers CANT AFFORD it any more so lets SLASH the benefits for retired congressmembers and end them for those now serving who expect GOV to keep paying them for the rest of their lives...   we just cant afford it any more.


    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:47:20 AM PDT

  •  Yes there are jobs out there, but.... (1+ / 0-)
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    there are many more people looking for jobs than there are jobs or people who are qualified for today's jobs. Pelosi is also wrong about people on unemployment helpng consumption as most unemployed need that money for basics needs so they are not going to stimulate the economy. Let's get real. Yes there are some people who may have quit looking for jobs, not because they are lazy but because they have become discouraged. How much money is being put into identifying people who need new skills, then helping them get those new skill.
    Many companies also have recs. out for jobs but are holding off filling those positions,or cannot find qualified people.

    Don't even think this is going to change over night, and Obama cannot fix it by himself either. Unless we raise taxes and start investing in our future, or children our infrastucture and our citizens the middle calls will continue down the spiral, as the wealthy will continue to spiral up. When older people cannot afford to quit working, it doe not open up jobs to a younger generation.

  •  There are plenty of jobs at 50 cents an hour (1+ / 0-)
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    So thinketh the miserable Steve King & like-minded wannabe slaveholders. If those damnable librls would just agree to repeal the minimum wage, we'd have full employment.

    You can't negotiate with these people. You have to beat them.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:55:14 AM PDT

  •  Three and a half years is too long (1+ / 0-)
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    " . . . . put it in people's hands and say it's a patriotic thing, take your food stamps and take your rent subsidy and heat subsidy and your unemployment check, and go engage in commerce, that's patriotic. . .  they will go out and spend that money immediately, therefore we should pass out unemployment checks and stimulate the economy. That statement is ridiculous where I come from, Mr. Speaker. To pay people not to work, and somehow in that formula it stimulates the economy...."

    How soon they forget.

    April, 2008

    "Bush says the rebates will help people cope with higher gasoline and food prices. The rebates range from $300 to $1,200 and are the centerpiece of the government's $168 billion economic stimulus package, enacted in February. Roughly 130 million households are expected to get them. The Bush administration is hoping people will spend the money, bolstering the economy."

    U.S.A. Today

    “But lest there be any doubt, the idea that the death penalty is fairly and rationally imposed in this country is a farce.” Boyce F. Martin, Jr. - Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

    by tomwfox on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 10:56:59 AM PDT

  •  King is providing cover (1+ / 0-)
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    to this country's corrupt corporate power elite by diverting attention away from them and raising a ruckus of hate towards the unemployed. It is important to corporate masters that blame be shifted away from themselves. It doesn't matter tthe target...regulation, socialism, the unemployed, the poor, unions...they all serve the same function of muddying the waters of blame and causing people's attentions and blame away from this Guilded Age's beneficiaries: the mega-wealthy. Amazingly during this time of mass layoffs, CEO pay rose 30% in 2010. Our corrupt corporate culture allows for massive sums of bonus money to made made by a few repressing employment. That is what put us here and that's what is keeping us here. The Steve King's of the world now serve the sole purpose of doing anything they can to shift focus of Americans on to anything besides the problem of our corrupt power elite culture and their unwavering appetite for more and more for themselves at the sacrifice of the rest of us. Our corrupt corporate structure is so twisted it allows for pensions for only those who already made so much money during their careers that they don't need one, while the rank and file get nothing. Does that make any sense? Jack Welch made hundreds of millions of dollars in his career yet he gets a pension while the truck driver or factory worker doesn't? How did we get bulldozed into embracing such Trickle Down ridiculousness? All King is doing is the usual ploy of attention diversion. As long as people's minds are occupied with other targets to concentrate on, their focus won't be on who it should be.

  •  I don't get the TEA Party (0+ / 0-)

    When I see people  in the media who associate themselves with the Tea Party, I don't get the sense they are well educated, wealthy, or well paid  so why are they working against their own best interests? I guess they are just ignorant of the facts.

  •  My letter to Rep King (4+ / 0-)

    Dear Rep. King,

    I read with interest your comments to Congress regarding unemployment and putting Americans back to work. I strongly agree that we must not be slackers when there are perfectly good jobs we can do.

    I earned my PhD at XXX in 2003 and am currently employed as a research scientist at the University of XXX.  However I and many of my colleagues have had funding run out in the past year due to a smaller number of research grants being funded. As a result, I am scheduled for  layoff at the end of this month and will lose the job I have worked for 8 years, as well as my health, dental and vision  insurance.  

    I also teach 3 science courses at a local community college, which pays enough to cover my modest rent, car insurance, and gas to drive to work, though only during the 8 months I am teaching.  Also, because this job which requires about 35 hours per week for teaching, lecture planning, lab preparation, and grading is considered part-time, it does not include health or any other benefits.

    I am horrified at the thought of having to apply for unemployment, or show up in an ER without health insurance. However, in most of California jobs in teaching and science are being dramatically cut rather than offered. I have been looking all summer and virtually all science jobs are in the field of pharmaceutical development, which is remote from my areas of expertise. I have also applied for entry level jobs at places such as Starbucks (not disclosing my PhD on my application) just to help fill in while I look for more permanent work, but these are going to those with prior food service experience.  

    Could you please direct me to the jobs you are aware of in my field? I teach oceanography, and my research focuses on how to dispose of sewage in the ocean without contaminating fish that are essential to the commercial and sportfishing industries.  I prefer to stay in this area because of strong family ties here and obligations to help with aging family members.  I am also open to part-time employment up to 20 hrs per week in any safe job that can pay enough to cover food, renters insurance, health insurance (about $400/month on COBRA), telephone, and miscellaneous expenses like oil changes, car repairs, routine dental care, and eyeglasses.

    Thank you very much for your interest and concern.


    Correlation may not cause causation, but I find that they often occur together. -- Mike the Krugman commenter

    by carlylu on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:18:09 AM PDT

  •  Morons in Congress remain overrepresented: (2+ / 0-)
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    Too funny, and very very sad

  •  "Slackers" (0+ / 0-)

    Would that be the same nation where something like seventy-eight percent are grossly overweight, forty percent are diabetic (a disease due mostly overeating and sedentary lifestyle), the same nation of people has twenty-five percent of its population (forty-five percent of whom actually work) on welfare?

    Seventy-five, I mow my own lawn with a push mower, do all the maintenance on my home and grounds myself (and manually, with few power tools).  I have built a wind turbine of my own design, an aquaponic garden and hydroponic (both) garden, a back yard goldfish pone with a waterfall, and much more.  I also do daily pushups, pullups, and bicycling (the temperature here has been in the 100s for literally months). Almost daily, people stop to ask why I don't hire such hard work done, some even implying (as did a local newspaper recently) that I am keeping people unemployed (think about that one) by my stubborn insistence on being "tough."

    "Slackers" seem kind - even a bit euphemistic - to me.

  •  Slacker/College Graduates with student loans to... (0+ / 0-)

    repay who are living in their cars because their have lost their jobs. Yeah, right!!!

    Of course they lost their jobs because of the repeal of Glass-Steagall, etc championed by Bill Clinton and the Democrats in the House/Senate.

  •  Well at some point (1+ / 0-)
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    enough unemployed people will get pissed off at this asshole and not vote for him.

    How do unemployed republicans feel when they hear this shit?

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:38:53 AM PDT

  •  If unemployed, contact King Construction (1+ / 0-)
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    JC from IA

    PO Box 369, Wall Lake, Iowa 51466

    Phone:  (712) 664-2918
    Fax:  (712) 664-2920

    The company, started by Steve King, is now run by his son. According to Steve, his son's company knows how to build a wall.

  •  Steve King can send his kid to my house to (0+ / 0-)

    clean my toilets.  I pay $1.25 per hour with no benefits.

    And I don't think I should be paying for his kids' education.

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:39:06 AM PDT

  •  In the Baltimore Sun yesterday, (1+ / 0-)
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    was a story about why we need 62,000 H-2 visas for foreign nationals to come pick crabs each year.

    Americans won't do that job apparently.

    Oh, and they would go under if they had to pay the minimum wage for this work and the price of crabs would go up $1 per pound so that foreign crabs would put Maryland crab out of business.

    What about his model seems unsupportable to you?  For us to buy crab that is competitive with crabs from foreign countries that don't pay a living wage, we have to pay our workers a non-living wage.

    How about putting a tariff on foreign crab imported into this country so the cost is competitive with what it costs to produce crab in this country.  Then we could pay minimum wage and maybe more Americans will take that job so they could afford to buy crab.

    The economy in miniscule.  Replace Crab with any commodity you want and you see why the US will be a third world country in 30 years.  Unless we buy American and pay American wages for what we produce, we will be owned by the Chinese.

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 11:47:33 AM PDT

  •  Rep King now supports a gov't solution??? (1+ / 0-)
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    80 million in the workforce need to be put to work, says Rep King.  So Steve, may I call you Steve, you obviously are advocating a government solution to the jobs issue?  Since the private sector currently has only 5-6 million jobs available nationwide, you are saying the government needs to hire the other 75 million or so folks that would still be out of the workforce if every single private sector job was filled tomorrow.


    "Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, a fanatical criminal" -- Logical Song -- Rick Davies & Roger Hodgson

    by Over50Lib on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 12:04:55 PM PDT

  •  "Morons?" (0+ / 0-)

    If this is the caliber of comment and related rationality here, I probably won't feel at home (even though the data will be useful, most useful, for the book for which I'm doing research into the ability of U.S. citizes to maintain a republic.  Ignorance, you know, is cancerous to democracy.

  •  go to his local office and apply there (0+ / 0-)

    how about chartering buses to go to his district to claim these abundant jobs? just show up at his local office and get a job.

    What Fresh Hell is This? -- Dorothy Parker

    by chazz509 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 12:17:24 PM PDT

  •  Pls. add contact info for Rep. Steve King (0+ / 0-)
    1131 Longworth Office Building
     Washington, DC 20515
     Phone: 202.225.4426
     Fax: 202.225.3193

    His constituents can contact him online:

    Funny thing but ...I am a lazy slacker but I also have plenty of work. However, I know a number of really hard workers in need of jobs.

    Be nice to Rep. King--there's a lot he doesn't know. We wouldn't want to overwhelm him. Better to lead him along gently until he overcomes his inertia.

  •  Slackers? (0+ / 0-)

    That word describes you Steve King, and the rest of your do-nothing party.  You sit around and eat sour grapes while Rome burns.  Things will be a lot better if the voters send you to the unemployment lines next election.

    "No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown" The Clash

    by Calee4nia on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 02:07:30 PM PDT

  •  cynical idiocy (1+ / 0-)
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    easy for him to say, sitting up there on a government salary w/the best healthcare money can buy, all provided by the general public incl. the unemployed who's taxes have paid his cynical white ass

  •  10 hours of sleep in 3 days while working ........ (1+ / 0-)
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    construction, that's me.  Steve King is lazy be my standards.  All he does is bloviate.  He can go bloviate himself on his own dime.  King, get the fuck off the public trough you filthy fat pig!  Start your own business, King, you welfare bitch!

  •  Lazy Unemployed Slackers (0+ / 0-)

    All those laid off that would like a job, please raise your hands. All those that think that Rep. King is dangerously delusional and needs help finding another line of work, please raise your other hand. The Ayes have it....

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