Ben Stein's Vast Research into Unemployment Crisis Reveals Lazy Rabble with "Unpleasant Personalities"
Here is a thing that Ben Stein — former Nixon speechwriter and current liar for Creation Science — sat down to write, presumably proofread at least once and then about which said to himself, "This is an acceptable thing on which to attach my name"…
"The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say "generally" because there are exceptions."
Way to remain prudent, Ben Stein. Wouldn't want anyone to accuse you of speaking out of turn…
"But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along — not always easy."
BEN STEIN: Honey, I'm off. Back in a little while.
BEN STEIN'S WIFE: Where are you going, dear?
BEN STEIN: Going out to survey the ranks of those who are unemployed. Gather up some data. Maybe collect enough material to write a thoughtful and sober article on the current unemployment crisis. Someone simply must make some useful observations about that lot.
BEN STEIN'S WIFE: Have fun, but do be careful. You know how those jobless people all have such overbearing and unpleasant personalities.
BEN STEIN: Honey, please! That's offensive. When saying things like that, you really do need to use the word "generally."
(via Think Progress)
Tags: Ben Stein, Richard Nixon, Science & Technology, Unemployment