GOP Iowa State Rep. Josh Byrnes: Americans aren't all lazy, just all of the the unemployed ones are
I don't usually care about what some Republican State Rep from Iowa says, but I was pretty impressed with this one at Politico's Arena discussing Obama's America has gotten a little lazy comment:
State Rep Josh Byrnes, Iowa House of Representatives (R): I might have to partially agree with President Obama on this one. I don't think Americans as a whole are lazy, but we have some pockets of Americans that appear lazy. Ironically, the president has helped enable some of these pockets by doing things like extending unemployment benefits.
So, the lazy Americans are the 9% of Americans that are unemployed. I know, I know: state reps across the country say things that are so asinine they should create a "GOP Legislators Say the Darndest Things" show (See Cory Gardner's BFF, Colorado's own Sen. Greg Brophy for more examples).
I point this out because I think it highlights the amazing hypocrisy in the Republican party. When the president says America's gotten "a little bit lazy" the GOP establishment jumps all over him: "How dare you say anything bad about America!" But the party as a whole has been saying for years that many Americans are lazy.
It's basically the mantra of the party. "If you're poor, you're lazy. If you're rich, you deserve a break (and please give us money)."
For a good example, see Cory Gardner's comments a few months back to a woman concerned that her employer would outsource her job overseas:
To go back to the question, if that company can succeed, I would hope that they would share their success with you. If they are not, maybe that's not a great company to work for.
In other words, if she was afraid her job would be outsourced, she should get off her lazy butt and find a new job. The company isn't to blame. The regulatory environment allowing such outsourcing to easily happen isn't to blame. If you are stuck in a shit job or have no job, you are lazy. The GOP's been saying that for years.
State Rep Byrnes from Iowa just said it pretty straight. At least he openly admitted he thought unemployed folks are lazy. The GOP votes against unemployment insurance time and time again, all but saying it is a subsidy for the lazy. Yet the rich need more tax breaks.
You ever feel like you are on a sinking ship? Unfortunately, to make space for more opulent ballrooms and balconies for the rich, they are working hard to get rid of those life boats the rest of us need. And then they call us lazy for not swimming better. (Ok, not a perfect metaphor, but you get the point.)
Oh, also Colorado's former Rep. Bob Beauprez also chimed in with a nugget of happiness that will add a lot to the increasingly unintelligent political debates:
Yes, it will haunt him and it should. It will go down as one of many inappropriate, derisive comments aimed at the people and nation he was elected to lead, not mock. much like Jimmy Carter's "malaise, crisis of confidence" speech.
Speaking of lazy...who's the guy that has been playing all that golf?
Thanks for your insight Bob.
Also, if you want some context to Obama's comment, it's below. But why let context get in the way of clips for negative ads?
“I think it’s important to remember that the United States is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world. And there are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity: our stability, our openness, our innovative free-market culture. But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here, and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.”