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Obama is facing ridicule today for his astoundingly tone-deaf implication that the proliferation of ATMs is partially to blame for America’s unacceptably high 20%+ un- and underemployment rate.
Blaming ATMs for unemployment demonstrates a short-sightedness that is beneath the President and belies his reputation among liberals as someone who is brilliant, intuitive, pragmatic, smart, and elegant in thought, word, and deed.
Instead, the ‘ATMs are to blame’ statement shows the President in a moment of profound economic unawareness on such a basic level that it is actually sad.
To the chagrin of the many Americans waiting for the President to put forth a bold jobs and economic growth plan, it also indicates that the nation’s chief executive seems to have given up thinking creatively on the economy:
(Obama quote):" "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."
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There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Technophobes have been crying over lost jobs as long as there has been tech.
Originally posted by Sherlock Holmes
By the looks of it, this article is twisting Obama's words - misrepresenting the actual point that he was making.
Obama was just stating that technology and machines, which displace human workers, contribute to overall unemployment . He just mentioned ATMs as an everyday example to illustrate his point.
For the article to extrapolate ''Obama blames unemployment on ATMs'' from the statements he made is quite some reach.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
It is wholly typical of the extreme levels of mendacity to be found in what passes for "politics" in America. Screaming harpies whining and screeching about imagined indiscretions. If only they realized how silly it all looks through the glass, from a third person perspective.