Dennis Miller: “Just quit !”

Dennis Miller – comedian & political commentator – does a regular Wednesday nite segment on O’Reilly.

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This Wednesday, he was unusually provocative by commenting:

If you’ve got a family of 4 and you’re busting your hump 40 or 60 hours a week – maybe 2 jobs — to make $45 grand and make ends meet … if Obama gets re-elected, just quit. 

Kick back … take the handouts and enjoy life. 

You can make just as much just sitting around …

If you don’t, those who are just  riding the train will be laughing at you. 

Why keep hitting your head against the wall?

Paraphrased from O’Reilly 9-26-12

Struck me at the time as akin to Rick Santelli’s “We need a Tea Party” rant on CNBC.

O’Reilly tried to soften the blow by bloviating (his word) about the American work ethic and how “most Americans have too much pride to stop working … that being on the dole has a stigma attached to it”

O’Reilly’s words seemed quite hollow in comparison to Miller’s.

And, reminded me of the government government promotional campaign to counter the “pride and other beliefs” that keep people from signing up for the SNAP program and getting food stamps.

The USDA has adopted a range of strategies and programs designed to bring more people to SNAP, including taking on “pride.”

Local assistance offices have been rewarded for “counteracting” pride and pushing more people to sign up for benefits.

The Ashe County Department of Social Services in Jefferson, N.C., for example, received a “Gold” award for confronting “mountain pride” and increasing food stamp participation.

“Eventually, many accepted assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, and others, in some cases doubling a household’s net income. In 1 year, SNAP participation increased over 10 percent.”

Overcoming “beliefs” is a stated method from the USDA to bring more people to the program.

A “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Community Outreach Partner Toolkit” details the importance of reaching people who … have beliefs that conflict with accepting food stamps.

Excerpted from the Daily Caller

Since the USDA has “mountain pride” in the win column, will “work pride” be the next to fall?

I think Miller is onto something.

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2 Responses to “Dennis Miller: “Just quit !””

  1. Frank Says:

    This is a totally true story. We have a private equity arm. As a sort of informal ancillary function, many of our investors do an “angel panel”- where they look at ideas that are unready for our platform.

    We had three staff from both the NASW and the Silver School come in in December 2011 with this very idea. They would charge a few thousand dollars annually. In return, they would “consult” with individual clients.

    They would complete a strategy where said client would quit his/her job- and they would work the system to get said individual 60-70% of their monthly income. They wanted to “brand” themselves as the “leaders in alternative compensation strategies”.

    They had ten specific examples (proof of concept)- and a chart ranking profession/salary/protected class status and their anticipated success rate (note: about 100% success rate for urban fire/police.) I can still see the flow chart for both the East St. Louis fire department- from recruitment to invoicing.

    Honestly, I thought it was some sort of sting at first. We obviously passed; I left thinking they had a totally viable plan. I also called the Attorney General of NY.

  2. TK Says:

    Your arguments about efficiency might have been well-made in 2005. They sound ridiculous and out of touch given the state of our current economy.

    Welfare expenditures have grown in response to a financial disaster. We did not have a financial disaster in response to people suddenly realizing they can loot the Treasury.

    There is a group of people lwho have never required assistance, and who would much rather work, who are currently unemployed or under employed. Many are resistant to accepting help which is why there are ‘pride’ programs. It is appropriate to extend help when such a large dislocation pushes people out of work.

    The Republican convention was incredibly dismissive of the honest people who’ve been caught up in the downturn. That is why Romney’s 47% comments have had so much traction. It seems especially tin-eared given that republican voters have also suffered the indignity of being laid off.

    ‘I Built This’ is such a corrupt idea that it makes me sick. I’ve never seen a successful business or athletic team with this attitude. Find me the star CEO or athlete who speaks this way.

    Frank – it sounds like your private equity arm found a fancy way to measure job satisfaction.

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