One can’t be blamed for having this thought after reading about some of the candidates in the coming midterm elections.
Joe Miller, the Republican US Senate candidate from Alaska is a conservative who runs on a platform of slashing federal government handouts. He also wants to phase out Medicare and Social Security.
But it has been uncovered that Miller and his family took government aid. The Huffington Post reports: “Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller says his family benefited from Medicaid and a state-run health care program for low-income children and pregnant women.
“Miller previously acknowledged receiving federal farm subsidies for land he owned in Kansas in the 1990s, as well as low-income hunting and fishing licenses for him and his wife in Alaska.”
On unemployment benefits, appearing on ABC News/Washington Post’s Top Line, Miller said: “The unemployment compensation benefits have gotten — first of all, it’s not constitutionally authorized..” And yet, earlier this month, Miller admitted that his wife had received unemployment benefits in 2002 after she left a job serving as his aide!
In California, Republican Carly Fiorina is running for the Senate seat with a platform which includes creating jobs, a major concern in the state as the unemployment rate is 12.4%.
As the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she talks about having the business skills to attract jobs to California. But as her critics point out, her tenure at HP speaks a different story. She laid off 30,000 employees, and outsourced work to countries like India and China.
With her “slash and outsource” big-business attitude, one cannot help but be skeptical of her commitment to create and keep jobs in California.