Getting in touch with reality

It’s hard to believe anyone could be as out of touch as John Hood. North Carolina’s very own conservative windbag — AKA Mr. Smirky – says in an article in Sunday’s Burlington Times News that Congress should not extend unemployment benefits because that would be a “disincentive” to getting those folks back into the job market.

Where does this guy live? Certainly not in my North Carolina, where the unemployment rate was 11.2% in December. Does he really think there are thousands of jobs out there going unfilled because all those lazy laid-off professionals are sitting at home, enjoying their unemployment checks? Has he ever tried to pay a mortgage or put a kid through college while on unemployment?

Let’s not forget the impact on the economy. In addition to helping families keep their homes and avoid financial disaster, the previously passed unemployment extensions have helped to stop the country from sinking into an even deeper and more painful recession.

 The National Employment Law Project estimates more than 13,500 North Carolinians will lose their unemployment benefits between March and June if Congress doesn’t pass an extension. And that’s nothing to smirk about.


  1. Jeff

    February 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    It’s fish or cut bait time here in the “Old North State”, I’ve done both and I’d rather fish.

    The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath:
    I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man,
    nor ask another man to live for the sake of mine.

    John Galt

  2. Jack

    February 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Not one extra cent to the jobless yet endless tribute to Wall Street. Those who speak for the powers-that-be know not what they do or what they think.

  3. Diane Morris

    February 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

    James 1:27

    “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

    Matthew 22:36-39

  4. pino

    February 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    James 1:27
    Matthew 22:36-39

    Hi Diane,

    Given that you are quoting the Bible as evidence we legislate certain agendas I assume that you are ready to declare us a Christian Nation and begin to craft laws that reflect Christian beliefs?

  5. Diane Morris

    February 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Nope. No way in heck. Just enjoying a little quote ping-pong with Jeff.

  6. adams

    February 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Those who speak for the powers-that-be know not what they do or what they think.its necessary to know for this and then speak.so we have to right to speak but then we know about.

    mls listings

  7. IBXer

    February 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Diane, I guess you want to stone homosexuals too?

  8. pino

    February 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Nope. No way in heck.

    Oh. Weird that you would quote the Bible then.

    But, that being said, the Bible does implore us to look after our neighbor; our widows and orphans. But that message is an individual one. There is no expectation that we should legislate this and compel our citizens to act in accordance.

    I mean really, if Jesus felt that compulsion was the way to go, would there be any non-Christians?

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