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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:08 AM
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Bush addresses 8.2 Million Unemployed: 'Get A Job'
Bush Addresses 8.2 Million Unemployed: 'Get A Job'



WASHINGTON, DC—Responding to the nation's worst unemployment rate since the Hoover Administration, President Bush addressed the nation's 8.2 million unemployed workers in a televised speech Monday.

"The economy has been on the rebound for months, but 5.6 percent of you are still out of work," Bush said. "Come on, people: Get a job! Don't just sit there hoping that you'll win the lottery. Turn off that boob tube, get off that couch, and start pounding the pavement."



When the number of people taking part-time jobs because they can't get full-time work is factored in, the unemployment figure approaches 15.1 million, a number Bush called "unacceptable."


"My fellow Americans, don't come crying to me," Bush said. "I've got a job. I go to work every day, whether I feel like it or not. I don't take handouts, and I don't give them. That's a belief my daddy taught me. Now, let's get this show on the road!"


The unemployment rate remains high, in spite of the many tax-cut initiatives the Bush Administration has introduced over the past several years.


"The government can only do so much," Bush said. "How hard can it possibly be to find a job? A friend of mine lost his job when his company went belly-up. Did he bitch and moan about it? Absolutely not. He picked up the phone and started making cold calls, he landed back on his feet, and now he's the chief financial officer of a major petrochemical concern."


According to the president, the nation's unemployed need to make looking for work a full-time job.


"How many applications have you filled out today?" Bush said. "You should spend eight hours a day looking through the want ads, mailing rsums, and pounding the pavement. You won't find a job moping around the house and feeling sorry for yourself. If you're down-and-out, you have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Life's hard, my friends. Get used to it."


Bush addressed a complaint often made by unemployed workers: They are unable to find jobs commensurate to their skill set due to lulls in the technical and manufacturing sectors and the outsourcing of jobs to other countries.


"If you wanted work as bad as you say you do, you'd take what you could find," Bush said. "You gotta work your way up, instead of waiting around for your dream job to fall into your lap. Walk before you run. Climb your way up the ladder."

Continued Bush: "I heard McDonald's is hiring. What's wrong with that? Does your fancy degree say you can't work at a Mickey D's? You may not be doing exactly what you want, but at least you'll have the pride of knowing that you're earning your living."



A reporter asked for comment on a statistic which shows that only 21,000 new jobs were created in February, in spite of the Bush administration's promise to create 320,000.


"I've got a statistic for you," Bush said. "You've got to look out for No. 1. Take charge. I've got a job plan for the nation. It's called 'Get off your duff.'"

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molly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:11 AM
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1. He never had to work - what does he know about it?
he's digging his own grave.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:11 AM
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2. is this from the onion?
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:12 AM
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3. i see it is
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MSgt213 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:13 AM
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4. I agree with him. What's stopping all these whiners and lazy bums from
getting their passports and heading off to China and applying for a damn job.
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Nobody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:18 AM
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6. A friend of mine did try that
And the country in question won't give work visas. We outsource jobs to various countries, but when our jobs go overseas, the countries they go to won't let us apply for them.
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MSgt213 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:21 AM
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7. Yea, well they probably knew he was going to balk at the $2.00 a day
salary, no breaks to include lunch and no medical once got there. LOL.
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 06:13 AM
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5. Here is the Link
http://www.theonion.com/news /

Bush said the country is experiencing its longest average-unemployment duration in 20 years, and he wants to see it end immediately.


"If you get an interview, walk in there like you're the only person for the job," Bush said. "Show them you're willing to work. Show up early and bring a broom. Sweep up the place while you're waiting for the interview to start. That'll let them know you're a go-getter."


The president concluded his speech by encouraging the jobless to start their search immediately.


"What are you doing listening to this speech when you should be out there looking for work?" Bush asked. "Get a move on! Even my brother has a job. He's no one special, and he's the governor of Florida! If he can do that, you should be able to line up something at your local Wal-Mart."


With that statement, Bush left Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to present some of the finer points of his administration's new position.


"Get a haircut," Chao said. "Clean yourself up a little and put on a nice shirt, or even a suit. Maybe employers would take you more seriously if you didn't look like you just rolled out of bed. The way you look now, I wouldn't hire you to throw me a rope if I was falling off a cliff."



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RossMcLochNess Donating Member (125 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 08:39 AM
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8. Ummm...
Edited on Wed Mar-31-04 08:41 AM by RossMcLochNess
You guys DO realize that THE ONION is strictly a joke newspaper, correct? Its almost like its being quoted here as a legitimate story but lets use some common sense. Just so we're all on the same page here :7
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 08:47 AM
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10. Well, the Onion IS a satire, but they can sometimes be prophetic
Checkout this story they published a couple days before the Idiot Son of an Asshole assumed his stolen office. It was written as pure satire, but damned if it didn't all happen, pretty much as written :scared:

http://www.theonion.com/onion3701/bush_nightmare.html
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revcarol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 08:45 AM
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9. Three cheers for The Onion!!
This is what Bush would say if his handlers ever let him loose.

No wonder he appears only before pre-chosen crowds, and military subject to his command, with THE SAME SPEECH. Terra...luv your neighbor...The tax cut is providing a zillion jobs...terra...fear...
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mobuto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 09:30 AM
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11. The Bums Lost, The Bums Lost Lebowski!
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 09:39 AM
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12. Okay.
The old man told me to take any rug in the house.
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Bread and Circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 09:41 AM
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13. This has got to be a joke. He couldn't have really said this.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 09:46 AM
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14. Someone should punch him out
Are you kidding. He has no idea how it is in the real world. he has some nerve.
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