Guest column by Pat Carfagno
Published: September 28, 2011
News junkies are rightly talking about the President’s “Jewish janitor” remark at the recent Congressional Black Caucus meeting. We all know the President nearly broke something, halting his speech to avoid saying something like “Jewish bankers”.
Obama’s outrageous Freudian slip has justifiably attracted the media’s attention. Others have talked about Obama’s revelation so well and so clearly that there seems to be almost no need for me to address it further.
If not for Obama’s outrageous brain leak, you might instead be being regaled with reaction to Newt’s remarks in response to Megyn Kelly’s unemployment compensation question at the recent Republican debate on Fox. Yep, Newt Gingrich is one lucky guy.
So, according to the former Speaker of the House, “People should not get paid for doing nothing”.
Really, Mr. Speaker?
The former Speaker is fond of history, so let’s talk history.
If you believe that is true, Sir, why have the now unemployed paid into the Federal Unemployment Insurance program for all of the years that they worked? That program continued while you were Speaker of the House, did it not? You stated that we ended welfare to keep people from getting paid for doing nothing. So you simply forgot to end the Federal Unemployment Tax? You forgot to end contributions by working citizens into federal coffers? You forgot that those contributions went into what you now in essence say is NOT actually an insurance program?
So no one should collect unemployment compensation, unless they attend a government-approved retraining program. Really?
And this from the mouth of a conservative?
The ruling class is completely responsible for endorsing and permitting ongoing government programs, especially the Community Reinvestment Act, that got us into the financial mess we are in today. The CRA escaped Mr. Gingrich’s oversight during his tenure as Speaker. Those silly facts sure have a nasty habit of getting in the way.
No government program is ever pro-economic growth. Government programs are always a drain on the private sector, as they are paid for with taxes and borrowing, and the only jobs created by them are for the connected cronies running them. Until we have a growing economy, there will be no jobs to train for.
If you, Mr. Speaker, want to be president, may I suggest a retraining program. You seem to be in serious need of an update on the principles of conservatism.
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Philadelphia area-based Pat Carfagno is the conservative host of Freedom Radio, webcast live on Sunday evenings at http://www.freedomradiorocks.com and (as a member of the Liberty Alliance) at http://libertyrocks.com .