"You know," Delay said, "there is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits keeps people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don't look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.Tom Delay is somewhere around 62 years old. He began his career as a politician in 1978 and stepped down in 2005 (see here):
Host : Congressman, that's a hard sell, isn't it?
Delay: it's the truth.
Crowley: People are unemployed because they want to be?
Delay: well, it is the truth. and people in the real world know it. And they have friends and they know it. Sure, we ought to be helping people that are unemployed find a job, but we also have budget considerations that are incredibly important, especially now that Obama is spending monies that we don't have.
In 2005, a Texas court charged DeLay with criminal violations of state campaign finance laws and money laundering. DeLay pled not guilty, claiming political motivation for the charges. As of January 2010, the prosecutor has yet to bring the case before a jury. Two former senior aides to DeLay have been convicted in the Jack Abramoff scandal, and though the infamous lobbyist was closely associated with DeLay, the former congressman himself has not been legally implicated.
While running his business prior to entering life as a public thief, whoops excuse me, servant, placed three tax liens on him for failure to pay payroll and income taxes.
Tom Delay has had a very interesting life replete with friends in all the right places. Read the Wikipedia article on him and you will be convinced that this man has had a very interesting life.
You will also be convinced like most of the rest of the corporate/governance alliance there ain't no way in hell this man has the slightest idea of what it is like for the common man in the common streets.
Or maybe I just hang out with the wrong folk. You know, the folk out there beating there brains out to find a job and out of desperation take whatever they can get at whatever wage they can get it at for fear of losing everything they have and still might!
Are their people that abuse the system? Of course. If one needs proof they need only look at their national, state, and municipal bureaucrats in collusion with banks, red light camera companies, cell phone industries and insurance industries to see Mucho Grande Systemic Abuse.
Oh yeah let us not forget supreme court rulings that give "corproations" citizenship rights.
I hereby invite Tom Delay to a few months of half his current income with no access to his bank account or credit cards. I suspect he might get another visit from the IRSAdd to Technorati Favorites