Skip to comments.Rep. Keith Ellison on the CBO report: Hey, Americans work way more than people in other countries
Posted on 02/11/2014 6:52:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Yes, I suppose it’s true that most of the rest of the world works a lot less than Americans do. Their GDPs-per-capita and/or their debt-to-GDP ratios generally tend to correlate accordingly, but whatever. Via RCP:
What the Congressional Budget Office is saying is that we’re going to discourage kids having to have latchkeys. We’re going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might be able to actually cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout. I mean, the fact is, is that if Americans can have more choices to open up a new business they’ve been wanting to start, this is a good thing. You know, if you look at international comparisons country by country, Americans work way more than an average of industrialized countries around the world. And you know, we might want to look at our work-life balance and this is something that gives us a great opportunity. … I mean, the fact of the matter is we need a better work-life balance. Ask a working mother, OK, if she could use a few more hours in a day to take care of her family.
The only problem with that logic is that the federal government swooped in with a set of top-down economic mandates that will incentivize some people to ‘work more reasonable hours,’ at the expense of other people who will now have to work more to make ends meet as they simultaneously help to fund the redistributive nature of the system. I like the way Charles Cooke aptly put it at NRO:
After all, it is one thing for a person to choose not to work and to accept the natural consequences of that decision, but quite another indeed for a person to choose not to work because others are being forced to subsidize his well-being. One can reasonably attest that redistributing wealth to underwrite preferred social outcomes is necessary or virtuous or kind or practical or even, more cynically, that it is the inexorable end product of a democratic system in which one man can vote himself the contents of anothers wallet. But one cannot claim that it makes either man free at least not without twisting the word and the concept that it represents beyond all meaningful recognition.
I thought libs thought we were lazy?
It can not be stated too often that Liberalism is a mental disease.
So which is it?
It seems the fattest, laziest and most decadent among us are the unemployed.
These are the morons who write our laws. No wonder The Won ignores the law. /s
Minnesotans should be ashamed that they elected this complete, abject moron. These worthless subhuman LIBs/DIMs are insane.
Poverty is wealth! Ignorance is knowledge!
Most of his voters are cab drivers.
Uh, hey kieth, isn’t that your morning call to prayer I hear in the background? New flash mr. elison. Working hard and making a decent living is apparently a thing of the past. Sad state of affairs since that is what made this country #1 in the world for a long time. No longer. And, since you guys seem to get a lot of days off up there in d.c., do us a favor and take some more off. Used to be the only time the country was safe was when congress wasn’t in session. No longer true as long as the “lyin’ king” has a Bic in hand.
I don’t live in his district. Don’t blame me. I sent Michelle.
Let’s not forget Al Franken—a two-fer.
We have to work long and hard. So many jag-offs collecting government checks are counting on us.
And hopefully next we’ll send Rhonda.
Pelosi: Extending Unemployment Benefits Would Create 600,000 Jobs
December 15, 2011
Lowering the bar is SOP when trying to justify failed policy.
“”””Minnesotans should be ashamed that they elected this complete, abject moron. These worthless subhuman LIBs/DIMs are insane.”””””””
Don’t blame Minnesotans for this. His district is mainly Minneapolis which now resembles a third world country.
NonWorkers of the World Unite!