Why the “lazy jobless” myth persists

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December 19, 2010
In These Times
by David Sirota  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"During the recent fight over extending unemployment benefits, conservatives trotted out the shibboleth that says the program fosters sloth. ... The idea is that unemployment has nothing to do with structural economic forces or rigged public policies and everything to do with individual motivation. Yes, we’re asked to believe that the 15 million jobless Americans are all George Costanzas -- parasitic loafers occasionally pretending to seek work as latex salesmen, but really just aiming to decompress on a refrigerator-equipped recliner during a lifelong Summer of George." (12/18/10)



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