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Ben Shapiro takes a beating for suggesting poor people with two jobs chose unwisely

Sometimes smart people say dumb things. Brilliant conservative commentator Ben Shapiro proved that axiom when he stirred up a hornet’s nest of angry responses on Wednesday for briefly chiding people who work two jobs as a self-induced “problem.”

Shapiro’s pointless criticism of those who are working the hardest at getting ahead struck listeners and critics as being condescending.

“If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table,” he said, “you probably shouldn’t have taken the job that’s not paying you enough. That’d be a ‘you problem.’”

The hard-hearted comment came as an unnecessary, unscripted prelude to his rebuttal of a falsehood promoted by some liberals that low unemployment figures achieved during the Trump administration are the result of people working multiple jobs.

“Also it is not true that the vast majority of people in the United States are working two jobs,” said Shapiro. “It just is not true. According to census statistics, a small but steady number of workers have more than one job because either they need extra income or they want to gain more experience or explore different interests.

“There’s a recently released U.S. Census Bureau report, and apparently what it found is that approximately 8.3 percent … as of 2013, so it’s actually lower now … 8.3 percent of workers had more than one job,” he continued.

“So this notion that there are tons and tons of people who are working multiple jobs, it is not really true. It’s not actually the reality. In May, 5 percent of Americans had multiple jobs. Five percent. That’s really what’s bringing down the unemployment rate? Five percent of the workers who have multiple jobs?

“For all of the talk about people working at Uber, it’s held to that range since 2009,” Shapiro said. “It’s been a really, really low number. So this again is just a lie. It is also this bizarre idiocy that you can dictate to the economy what the economy ought to do. Every time everybody tries to dictate to the economy what it ought to do, the economy fights back because it turns out the aggregate knowledge of the market economy knows more than you do. I know–it’s shocking.”

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Critics had nothing to say about the main thrust of Shapiro’s comments, but delighted in his criticism of those who do work multiple jobs.

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