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Tough Love from Weak Minds: Rand Paul Tells Skilled Unemployed to Work for Less

The folks at Kentucky’s BlueGrass Politics catch Rand Paul lecturing the unemployed in his state that they just need a dose of tough love. His original idea: take a job for lower wages.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on Friday urged Americans who have been unemployed for many months to consider returning to the workforce in less desirable jobs rather than continue relying on government unemployment assistance.

“In Europe, they give about a year of unemployment. We’re up to two years now in America,” Paul said on Sue Wylie’s WVLK-AM 590 radio program.

“As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that’s less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again,” Paul said. “Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen.”

Gosh what a clever, helpful and original idea.

I just had a conversation with a woman who is just completing her Masters Degree in Education. She’s been looking for a teaching job for months, but unfortunately she’s finding that states and local communities are laying off teachers, not hiring them. She’s sent resumes/references and inquiries to dozens of schools all over the country, public and private, and all she’s got so far is a part time position for part of this summer but nothing beyond that.

So I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to hear this new idea and just run over to the local McDonald’s and get on their waiting list for trainees or join the 500 people waiting in line for the next Walmart opening.

I’m surprised the jobless haven’t thought of this sooner, but the undeserving never think of these things. So they’re fortunate that Rand Paul has the imagination to realize that America is just overflowing with minimum wage jobs for trained teachers and skilled workers trying to support their families.

Or maybe he’s just an idiot.

"There is no good reason for anyone to vote for a Republican." — Brad DeLong


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