>I just heard a campaign ad for Meg Whitman who was complaining that California is a “welfare state”.
First of all, Meg Whitman, what the hell are you talking about? You want to stop helping people during one of the worst recessions in recent history? And second, if you want to get people off welfare and into a job, just how do you propose to do that?
Have you seen the unemployment numbers lately? In some counties in California 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 people don’t have a job. Do you think they want to be on welfare? No. Do you think my Dad wants to be on welfare or unemployment? No. He like MILLIONS of other people lost his job as the economy tanked. He has been looking for a job for MONTHS.
While my Dad is not a blue collar worker, many people who lost their jobs were blue collar workers. Thanks to the Republican NAFTA bill, most of those jobs were lost years ago and the current recession killed off most of what was left. Do you think those people want to get a handout from the government? No. They have no choice. Jobs are scarce here. It’s either take assistance or be homeless.
So, instead of whining about California being a welfare state, why don’t you tell us what you propose to do to fix the economy and bring back some jobs? And if you say “tax incentives” or “cut spending” I’m going to blow another gasket.
Here’s something I’d like to know…how many jobs did/does eBay send off shore that Americans could be doing?
Also, do you personally know anyone on welfare or unemployment? Have you yourself ever been faced with such a prospect? I HIGHLY doubt it or you would be a little more sympathetic to the plight of the unemployed.
I’ve been hearing about this welfare state crap for a couple of weeks now. It seems to me that the ones who are complaining about it are the ones who have never found themselves facing the possibility of needing said government assistance.
>The National Employment Law Project is projecting that 855,000 Californians will lose their unemployment benefits by June. Maybe Meg can distribute a million or so cardboard boxes for the to live in with a VOTE FOR WHITMAN advertisement printed on the side of the boxes.
>That is a sad projection.
Handing out boxes for shelter would probably be considered welfare or "nanny government".
Just remembering that radio ad makes my blood pressure rise.