Last night Lawrence O'Donnell, subbing for Keith Olbermann, talked to Jim Chukulas, an automotive parts manager who has been out of work since September 2008. I felt a "There but for the grace of Goddess" chill watching this guy, because I was laid off as of August 31, 2008, and managed to slip into my current job in that tiny sliver of a window between that date and when the whole economy fell into the crapper. Does this guy look like a lazy bum to you? Does he seem like someone who'd rather collect unemployment? Does he look "spoiled" to you?
He sure as hell doesn't to me. And kudos to O'Donnell for offering to try to find something for him at NBC.