Juan Williams, the ousted NPR analyst who now runs with Fox News, told Fox’s Megyn Kelly that “extended unemployment benefits are harmful to peoples’ work ethic and basic values” (source). Williams explained, “To me it’s crazy because the longer that person is unemployed the more difficult it is then for them to get a job.” Williams goes on to say that employers question why a worker has been unemployed for so long, and he says it becomes a matter of losing your work ethic. And showing up, dressing well, etc.
Is this guy for real? Does Juan Williams understand how terrible the economy is and has been for the millions of Americans that depended on manufacturing jobs? Not everybody can get fired for their bigot comments (like Williams), and be picked up for another cushy job at Fox News.
And to think, I supported Juan Williams in an article called Juan Williams Fired: NPR Fires Analyst Over Fox News Muslim Comments (read here).
Williams’ arrogance shows the disconnect in America today. Williams is successful, and professional, and he apparently has no idea what it’s like to be unemployed after working on an assembly line for twenty years. Where are those people supposed to go? They can’t get executive jobs. There are no jobs for millions of Americans.
I officially retract any support or sympathy I had for Juan Williams.