This is beyond incredible:
Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work: report
March 26, 2012
VIENNA — An unemployed Austrian man on Monday deliberately sliced off his left foot with a mechanical saw and threw it into an oven ahead of a health check on whether he was fit to work, police said.
When police arrived the “desperate” 56-year-old from Mitterlabill in southern Austria was still conscious but had lost a lot of blood, local police chief Franz Fasching told AFP.
He was airlifted to hospital in Graz where his condition was said to be stable.
The man had mounted the mitre saw on two stools in his boiler room using nails and removed the guard plate before slicing off the foot above the ankle and around 5:00 am (0300 GMT).
Emergency services “looked in the oven and were able to recover the foot … The foot was taken the hospital but it was so badly burned that it cannot be sewn back on,” Fasching said.
So much for what one writer called “the myth of the day” about extended unemployment and laziness. There are some pathologically lazy people out there, sportsfans.
The money Congress borrows to spend on unemployment benefits today will have to be paid back by taxing workers and employers down the road. This slows economic growth and leads to fewer jobs in the future.
Therefore, whatever help we give workers today comes at the expense of workers tomorrow. While old-fashioned Keynesian economists believe that extending unemployment benefits helps stimulate demand by pumping money into the economy, research by MIT’s Jonathan Gruber and others suggests that only a portion of unemployment benefits goes to consumption.
In fact, a Heritage Foundation study concluded that unemployment benefits add only a few cents to economic growth for every dollar spent. Virtually any other use of that money would provide more bang for the buck.
But perhaps most important, extending unemployment benefits may be bad for workers in the here and now.
A large body of economic evidence suggests that extending unemployment benefits increases unemployment and keeps people out of work longer.
This is because workers are less likely to look for work, or accept less-than-ideal jobs, as long as they are protected from the full consequences of being unemployed.
The real tragedy is that this poor man could have come to Obama’s God damn America and thrived. He is exactly what the Democrat Party wants the average American to look like. The Democrat Party wants nothing more than someone who is so desperate that he would vote for anything – even the worst fool in the history of the presidency – in order to avoid responsibility for his own life.
House Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would extend federal unemployment insurance through 2012 and help states continue to offer assistance as well.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee‘s subpanel on human resources, submitted legislation Thursday that would extend federal unemployment benefits through the 2012 calendar year and give breaks to states trying to maintain their own assistance programs.
The Democratic lawmakers said they were willing to be flexible with the bill in order to get it passed in the Republican-controlled House. Republicans have said they might be willing to support extending the benefits, possibly if they were linked to worker retraining programs, which President Barack Obama has also proposed.
“This may be part of a broader package, and the supercommittee should be considering it too,” Doggett said at a press conference Thursday. “We’re trying to get it out there well in advance so this is not a Christmas Eve move.”
Last year an extension of unemployment insurance squeaked through in December as Democrats and Republicans agreed to extend up to 99 weeks of federal benefits for long-term unemployed Americans through 2011.
Don’t think for a second that Republicans want to do this: they are demonized as cruel and heartless by Democrats if they don’t keep voting for the next extension.
This story about the Austrian man desperately trying to collect benefits from the state for not working reminded me of a line from Dan Akroyd’s character Dr. Raymond Stantz in Ghostbusters:
“Personally, I liked the university; they gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector–they expect results.”
Well, at least pathologically lazy Americans who don’t know how to build their own unlicensed nuclear accelerators don’t have to saw their feet off these days. All they have to do is vote Democrat.