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This is beyond pathetic. Evidently House Republicans are unable to muster even the slightest bit of human compassion without relying on pre-vetted talking points:
 

House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits.
Also, h/t Talkingpointsmemo (no irony)  

What a group of soulless bastards. It's bad enough that they haven't passed a single piece of worthwhile legislation since attaining their Majority status. Now it's clear that their concern for the American people is just as empty as their agenda.

Republicans are urged to be empathetic toward the unemployed and understand how unemployment is a "personal crisis" for individuals and families.
They have to be "urged" to be empathetic. Because it sure doesn't come naturally, apparently.

Here's their "memo". Some "highlights:"

For every American out of work, it’s a personal crisis for them and their family. That’s why House Republicans remain focused on creating jobs and growing the economy.

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Washington has lost its priorities if it’s more focused on making unemployment easier to tolerate than it is getting people back to work and restoring independence all together.

SeattlePI does a good job breaking down these cynical talking points:
The chief advice:  Express sympathy in soft focus...

A second familiar theme:  Go negative on Washington, D.C., while subtly suggesting that unemployment is a kind of handout...

According to Roll Call, the memo also helpfully provides a link to John Boehner's website, where folks can learn more about how much the Republican Party cares about the unemployed.

They shouldn't have bothered. Americans already know.

From DNC Deputy Press Secretary, Rebecca Chalif:

"No amount of message guidance is going to change the reality that their policies are bad for the unemployed, they are bad for the middle class, and they are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans."

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Comment Preferences

  •  We need to share with our friends & neighbors (6+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 04:40:45 PM PST

    •  Agree. (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, Dallasdoc, wasatch

      Hope their "memo" gets all the attention it deserves.

      •  Don't worry, it will (6+ / 0-)

        Just like their memos on how to talk to the ladyfolk, memos on appearing caring to the 47% they despise behind closed doors will have a shorter shelf life than black-speckled bananas.

        This:

        ... talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits.
        ... is a internally contradictory goal.  If you have the Republican position on unemployment benefits, you're not compassionate, you're an a$$hole.  People losing unemployment benefits won't be fooled, and neither will anybody who knows one of those people.

        We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

        by Dallasdoc on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 04:49:17 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  further reading of the memo - (2+ / 0-)
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    wasatch, Dartagnan

    The memo goes on to tell Republicans how to respond to any charges that they indeed have had their collective hearts ripped out by Ted Cruz who is planning to burn said hearts in a large pit where Rand Paul will pour gasoline over the top allowing Louie Gomart will strip naked and jump on top of the steaming pile which will erupt in spontaneous combustion where all caught in the freezing cold might warm themselves and be grateful.

    Happy New Year !

  •  Well-- (1+ / 0-)
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    Dartagnan
    What this is is evidence of the inability to distinguish between consequence and cause and effect. That consequences are not necessarily connected simply doesn't register with people who do not get what connection means. That the Cons are disconnected people may seem contradictory, but it may just be that antagonism is the natural response to whatever is not understood. So, isolates prefer their isolated state because they can't comprehend the alternative.
    That's what I wrote on Hannah Blog.

    Let me just add, for the record, that dollars from the Treasury for the unemployed are not a benefit. They are compensation for employer failure to plan ahead and manage resources appropriately. Evidence for this can be found in the fact that short-term lay-offs by industrial corporations have become a matter of routine. That is, as factories are retooled for new product, employers have gotten used to laying the work-force off and keeping them on tap for re-hiring with payments from the compensation fund. In other words, enterprise, even as it claims to be independent and self-sustaining, is relying on the public subsidy to keep it running. So, the objection now is based on the Congressional perception that, since corporations aren't being served, there's no benefit to the Congress critters. Besides, recent voting patterns have demonstrated that the electorate is not sufficiently appreciative. While the press has not given it much attention, the House can't overlook the fact that in the last three elections, there have been 212 new people elected. Democrats may inveigh against the Taxed Enough Already crowd, but Republicans know that incumbency isn't what it used to be.

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    by hannah on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 04:35:29 AM PST

  •  I'm not a human being (1+ / 0-)
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    Dartagnan

    but I play one on television.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:27:56 AM PST

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