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Whom do the unemployed
blame for being out of work?

Washington Post, by D.W. Gibson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/6/2012 5:16:08 AM

When people are out of work, there’s a lot of blame to go around. President Obama faults the “failed policies of the past,” which he says Mitt Romney would bring back. Romney says Obama had four years to fix things and couldn’t. So Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, libertarians blame the Federal Reserve, businesses blame regulations, regulators blame Wall Street, and everyone blames China. But whom do the unemployed themselves blame? I spent the summer and fall of 2011 driving across the country and interviewing jobless Americans. Those out of work do not need belated coaching

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 10/6/2012 5:23:18 AM     (No. 8913557)

We blame the Washington Post for covering up for Obama, who has increased unemployment on purpose.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: country boy, 10/6/2012 5:27:33 AM     (No. 8913560)

We are the Great White Satan, and we are being punished. All good Mussies like obama thoroughly enjoy watching this pain.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 10/6/2012 5:28:17 AM     (No. 8913562)

The answer in the article seems to be...Romney! Or at least, business men and those who don't hand out sufficiently generous benefit checks. Obama is blameless, of course.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sinic, 10/6/2012 6:01:14 AM     (No. 8913576)

Let's see, there's millions out of work in the country and Gibson cherrypicks a handful that fit the desired result...evil corporations. I'm sure that's intended to be a subtle dig at Romney. In true WaPo style, Gibson glides right over the slew of government regulations and other meddling tactics that force the evil corporations to trim the workforce and/or ship production to more favorable states and foreign countries. I find it interesting that this article is so short...usually they'd write a lengthy one with loads of sympathetic characters and fudged facts. Must have gone for the abridged version in order to give the audience a chance at understanding it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fleetusa, 10/6/2012 6:10:36 AM     (No. 8913579)

Never mentioned: UNIONS and their constant unreasonable demands.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/6/2012 6:24:11 AM     (No. 8913588)

Those policies of the past gave us unprecedented growth and power, creating a productive and energetic society which was the envy of the world.. The policies of Obama-Biden-Chaves have given us food stamps and 4 dollar gasoline. Why is this even an issue?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: provide, 10/6/2012 7:34:43 AM     (No. 8913686)

Teachers' unions have been trying to behave like the coal miner's unions on the 20's. They need Pete Segar to lead the baseball bat parade.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mrsbash, 10/6/2012 7:40:49 AM     (No. 8913690)

I have two friends who have been unemployed for years, and a third who was unemployed for two years before finding a job.

The two who are registered Republican (one conservative, one moderate) blamed themselves. The one who is a Democrat blames big business.

I would not be surprised if the Post just naturally weeded out respondents who didn't blame business.

Oh, and which one is employed now? The moderate Republican.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jansgraphix, 10/6/2012 7:53:55 AM     (No. 8913703)

Well we all know that when Bush was President - it was Bush's fault. And when unemployment was at 4.5% - disaster was just around the corner ... for how many years?

The democrat media still singing the same old tune.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bobdog, 10/6/2012 8:40:43 AM     (No. 8913793)

That's not a complete quote. They cut it off.

He was actually referring to "...the failed policies of the past four years..."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: javaboy, 10/6/2012 10:38:37 AM     (No. 8914026)

fta: "Whatever their affiliation, many blame our democracy for not confronting the malfunctions of capitalism."

Guess which way this article leans?

As other posters have pointed out, while the article wants to pin the blame on "evil corporate" America for not making sure people have jobs, it never shows the other side where regulations, unions, taxes, and other factors squeeze the money out of businesses.

Maybe Liberals simply don't understand that private businesses can't operate the way that the govt does -- by spending money that isn't there. Business do not have a moral obligation to hire people. They are not required to pay for things (such as people) when they can't afford to do so -- and it would most likely cause a quick collapse (and maybe criminal charges) if they did.

I am not sure what world Liberals live in, but it isn't the real one.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: craige, 10/6/2012 10:43:18 AM     (No. 8914039)

Most people are just plain ignorant, and do not understand business or economics.

Natural business cycles (boom and bust) are magnified by government intervention. This one is the result of Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd.

I understand why the Elite see the ignorant public as peasants.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/6/2012 3:21:15 PM     (No. 8914544)

If you voted for Obama in 2008, look in the mirror for the culprit.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/6/2012 3:33:33 PM     (No. 8914567)

They are running a commercial in our area where a young man who recently lost his job is blaming (drum roll) Romney! No logic required for the Left.

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