They can’t have it both ways

Posted: 11 July 2012 in Uncategorized
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Team Republican can’t have it both ways—complaining about increasing taxes on “job creators” and then blaming the unemployed for being unemployed.

President Barack Obama’s plan to let Bush-era tax cuts expire on earnings above $250,000 is part of a “class envy” scheme to make people who aren’t working feel okay about not contributing to the nation’s economy, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday.

“There are more and more people that are looking at others saying they shouldn’t be making that much money because I’m not. And they don’t feel as much guilt about the 72 different means tested welfare programs that we have,” King said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”

“Today it’s almost a government guarantee of a middle-income standard of living from all these [government safety net] programs we have. I like an America where people feel some guilt about that and they want to step up and help and carry their fair share of the work.” . . .

Pressed by a CNN anchor if the unemployed are to blame for being unemployed, King suggested that they just might be.

“One of the things is, people are told they don’t need to create opportunities,” he said. “It’s up to somebody else to offer them a job.”

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