Sen. Harry Reid Declares that "Men Tend to Become Abusive when they Don't Have Jobs" - Video 2/22/10
Here is video of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday, speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate, where he made the statement that "men tend to become abusive when they don't have jobs." He was trying to gain passage of his Jobs Bill, and made the argument that crisis shelters in Nevada are overflowing and domestic violence increasing because men don't have jobs.
Well, I think it is common sense that joblessness increases stress which can lead some people to become more on edge and possibly violent. But to make the sweeping assertion that "men tend to become abusive when they don't have jobs" is over the top. That's an insult to thousands upon thousands of men who are enduring being out of work, but continue to be wonderful fathers and husbands. You can't say men "tend to become abusive" just because there is a certain small percentage who are.
But then Harry Reid never lets the facts get in the way of what he says. Remember, he declared the Iraq War was "lost," when that was not true at all: