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Friday, June 18, 2010 8:35 pm

Who decided it was OK to hate the unemployed?

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns!,Ew.,We're so screwed — Lex @ 8:35 pm

No, really?

First, Congress blows town for Memorial Day without extending unemployment benefits because OMG DEFFISITZ!!11!111! Because lots of well-placed idiots have gotten it into their heads that the possibility of 2% inflation is a more clear and present danger than the actuality of 10% (and worsening) unemployment.

Then Sen. Orrin Hatch says the unemployed should be drug-tested, on the grounds that … well, I’m not clear, exactly, but if it has anything to do with receiving federal cash, then the first people we ought to drug-test are investment bankers and defense contractors because, as the great and wise philosopher Willie Sutton once observed, that’s where the money is.

And now some companies are saying, in a time of 10% unemployment, that they will only consider you for a job if you already have one. Translation: “We’re going to deliberately cut ourselves off from a significant number of potentially top-notch job candidates because we think they’re contagious. Or something.”

Note to job candidates: Times are tough, so I won’t judge you no matter what you decide. But think hard about going to work for an employer who does this. This breathtaking display of irrationality, of blaming the victim, of IGMFY, is never an indicator of good management and is frequently a sign of both incompetence and genuine evil.

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After some consideration, I went with the more-or-less literal headline on this post. I almost went with a really radioactive metaphor, however.


  1. Thank you. I found work in a couple of days, but I’m sure it’s close to impossible for some. The Austerians are really starting to get on my nerves.

    Comment by Fec — Saturday, June 19, 2010 10:06 am @ 10:06 am

  2. […] combined with what else is going on, there is a very, very ugly school of thought developing among some conservative Americans, and it […]

    Pingback by Who decided it was OK to hate the unemployed?, cont. « Blog on the Run: Reloaded — Monday, June 21, 2010 5:11 pm @ 5:11 pm

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