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The Washington Post reports that the sequester confrontation in Washington is a “moment of truth” for the Tea Party. The story also quotes Congresswoman Renee Ellmers as endorsing the disastrous cuts sequestration will bring about.

“Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (N.C.), who is part of the 2010 class of Republicans but not a member of the tea party caucus, said she worries about the sequester, especially since her district, home to Fort Bragg, would be hit hard. But she said it may have to happen.

‘I do believe it will start a very important process that will help our economy to start to grow,” she said. “The debt that we have at the federal level is our biggest threat for our country.’”

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Why are so many North Carolinians unemployed? According to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, here’s the big problem:  They’re lazy and don’t want to work.

That’s what the first-term Republican said at a GOP press event in Washington today.

During the event, Ellmers said that the availability of extended unemployment insurance was responsible for the fact that small businesses in her district cannot, allegedly,  fill jobs:

“They have jobs right now that they could be filling and yet they’re not because people are living out that time and now they’re dropping off. That’s why we see an unemployment rate now down to 8.6 percent. Not because thousands of jobs are being created, but because people are simply not looking for jobs anymore.”

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at such an embarrassingly dimwitted and offensive statement.

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