Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"I was told that by two people who run domestic crisis shelters,...."

Don't you love all the scientific evidence that politicians use when trying to ram through pet bills that they want passed? In this case, Harry Reid says that unemployment is causing men to engage in domestic violence. Rather than apologize when asked to by men's groups, he responds like someone with an agenda, rather than any facts (thanks to the reader who emailed the article):

Reid's office responded by e-mailing articles that show domestic violence is increasing with unemployment, including one published by the Atlantic Monthly. And Reid repeated the assertion Tuesday, saying that two people who run domestic crisis shelters in Las Vegas told him that the high unemployment has "created lots of additional work for them they would rather not have."

"There is no question that people being out of work causes more people to be involved in domestic violence. I mean, I didn't make that up. I was told that by two people who run domestic crisis shelters," he said.

Wow, two whole people and an article published in The Atlantic Monthly-well, that just proves it then. Thanks to RADAR for standing up to this misandrist:

Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting (RADAR) took Reid to task for his comments, arguing that the $787 billion stimulus package that he supported last year funneled close to half of the spending to programs that women while 80 percent of those who lost jobs in the recession were men.

"Grant for the moment that, in spite of all the scientific research to the contrary, maybe Sen. Reid is naïve enough to believe that only men, and not women, turn violence to their partners when unemployed," the group said in a press release. "What kind of misogynist promotes a bill as unjust as last year's massive stimulus package while sincerely believing that doing so will cause more women to be beaten?"

It's hard to say if Reid is a misogynist or a misandrist but I guess it depends on what bill he needs passed.

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Blogger Joe said...

It's hard to say if Reid is a misogynist or a misandrist

In this case, he's an opportunist and being dumb. He wants to justify something and finds a quick way to do without thinking anything through. This is the difference between your average back stabbing politician and the truly skilled politician.

The weird thing is that the original attribution doesn't say anything about more violence, just more work. We duh. When you need to feed your kids, you find anyplace that will help you. (And kind people will help, even if that place isn't really where you should have gone.)

5:18 PM, February 24, 2010  
Blogger Memphis said...

Reid is a sociopath, so technically he's both a misogynist and a misandrist. He basically hates everyone other than himself, which is why he's so willing to screw us all at the drop of a hat.

6:45 PM, February 24, 2010  
Blogger Eric said...

"unemployment is causing men to engage in domestic violence"?

I thought the studies had conclusively demonstrated it was the Super Bowl!

9:13 PM, February 24, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

What Joe said.

Reid is a consumate liar. He will soon be a retired Senator!


9:26 PM, February 24, 2010  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Undoubtedly Reid talked with some of the same people who, when Brereton Jones (D) was governor, said 100% of domestic violence in Kentucky was male on female. They knew this because the surveyed only women in the state.

Our current slate of liberals have no concern for the truth. Especially since the truth most often proves them to be wrong.

10:33 PM, February 24, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cosmic radiation causes me to beat my wife.

And the insidious influence of international jewry makes me constapated.

But what really sets me off is walking by the pastry counter at the supermarket when I'm trying to lose weight.



9:35 AM, February 25, 2010  
Blogger David Foster said...

Why did Reid even think he had to make an argument for the badness of unemployment? Is there some substantial group of voters who thinks 20% unemployment is wonderful?

If you're really sick, you want your doctor to focus on treating you, not emoting about how awful heart disease (or whatever) is. If your airline flight is in trouble, you want the pilot to focus on solving the problem, not going on and on about all the awful things that result from airplane crashes.

9:40 AM, February 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's hard to say if Reid is a misogynist or a misandrist but I guess it depends on what bill he needs passed."

I don't think he's a mysogynist, a misandrist, a sociopath, or even necessarily evil.

He is, however, an idiot.

3:29 PM, February 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Vader. Reid is an idiot.

1:09 PM, February 27, 2010  

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