by Max Brantley
I think you have to credit Rand Paul, the Republican Senate candidate, for speaking what he believes, however shocking. The truly shocking thing, of course, will be if a majority of Kentucky voters believe the U.S. should cut the unemployed adrift to their own devices.
In an interview with WVLK-AM in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, Paul told host Sue Wylie he supported the Republican filibuster last week of more than $100 billion in emergency spending that includes extended jobless benefits. Paul said the bill must be paid before the extension is voted into law — and if that can't happen, it's time for America's unemployed to face facts and stop holding out for jobs similar to the ones they've lost.
"As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again," he said. "Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen."
And if there are no jobs at all? Tough. Survival of the fittest. And their kids.