John Boehner seems never to have learned anything about the Great Depression
House Speaker John Boehner is seven years younger than I, which means that memories of the Great Depression were not as fresh among his elders as they were among mine when I was a child.
Some of the stories I heard growing up were vivid first-hand recollections of the tough times in the 1930s when jobs were relatively scarce and working-class families struggled to get by.
If Boehner also heard such stories, he seems to have forgotten them, as we see HERE:
Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what’s holding back employment in America: laziness. People, he said, have “this idea” that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.” Holy 47 percent, Batman!
It’s hardly the first time a prominent conservative has said something along these lines. Ever since a financial crisis plunged us into recession it has been a nonstop refrain on the right that the unemployed aren’t trying hard enough, that they are taking it easy thanks to generous unemployment benefits, which are constantly characterized as “paying people not to work.” And the urge to blame the victims of a depressed economy has proved impervious to logic and evidence.
But it’s still amazing — and revealing — to hear this line being repeated now. For the blame-the-victim crowd has gotten everything it wanted: Benefits, especially for the long-term unemployed, have been slashed or eliminated. So now we have rants against the bums on welfare when they aren’t bums — they never were — and there’s no welfare.