Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reid: 'Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Monday that domestic violence by men has increased due to U.S. joblessness.

Reid, speaking in the midst of a Senate debate over whether to pass a $15 billion package meant to spur job creation, appeared to argue that joblessness would lead to more domestic violence.

"I met with some people while I was home dealing with domestic abuse. It has gotten out of hand," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Why? Men don't have jobs."

Reid said that the effects of joblessness on domestic violence were especially pronounced among men, because, Reid said, women tend to be less abusive.

"Women don't have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time," he said.

"Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," the majority leader added. "Our domestic crisis shelters in Nevada are jammed.”

I can say that I think there is merit to Reid's "joblessness causes domestic violence" theory, if I were to lose my job I would want to kick Harry Reid's ass for his domestic policies.


Always On Watch said...

Reid's statement smacks of making an excuse for domestic violence. I can't stand such excuses.

Now, as one whose husband has been out of work from time to time, I can vouch for the fact the he became grumpy. But bashing me around? No way!

Lost of employment doesn't CAUSE domestic violence.

Brooke said...

Utterly ridiculous. Unemployment does not suddenly make one abusive.

I am sick of leftists always making men out to be the 'bad guy,' and painting them as if they are idiots who cannot control themselves.

That's how Islamists justify their abuse of women.

Miss T.C. Shore said...

It's the Tim Tebow ad. Just watch.

LASunsett said...

In recent history, the worst day for police domestic abuse calls has been on Super Bowl Sunday. Being in the Indy Colts marketing area, I didn't see much reported about it this year after the loss to NO. And we have about 10% unemployment.

Once again, Harry is probably talking out of another orifice.

Karen Howes said...

How about, men who are abusive might just not be the type of guys who want to work in the first place?

Domestic violence also tends to work both ways... women are guilty of it too. Maybe this means I can help you kick his ass?

Miss T.C. Shore said...

Of course, if you asked Obama about increasing domestic violence, he would say that this is a problem inherited from the previous administration and that it will get worse unless we pass a massive spending package.

cube said...

I'm with AOW. While unemployment (and current underemployment) might make men grumpy, they don't resort to violence unless they have a predeliction to violence in the first place.

Harry shouldn't be dispensing psychological advice when he isn't qualified to do so.

Chuck said...

AOW, agreed. But then, Dems have an excuse for every transgression, it's a whole lack of personal responsibility thing.

Brooke, it may make a man who is abusive more likely to abuse but not start

TC, sorry, little puzzled

LA, maybe it's those Vegas guys. You know the "family" guys. wink wink

Karen, I will meet you in DC ;)

TC, good point. I had forgotten to think of blaming Bush. It could be from the war in Iraq. You know those soldiers are real whackjobs when they come home.

Cube, does being crazy yourself make you qualified?

LomaAlta said...

Reid's comments if turned around would be called sexist.
If a conservative said the same exact thing it would be called sexist.

It's a sexist statement, but again, liberals get a pass.

Chuck said...

LomaAlta, he is a Dem so he has different freedom of speech rights than the rest of us.

MK said...

If Reid wants to point fingers for job losses, he can point away at the white house.