Below is the video and to give you context Julio's question came at the tail end of a very similar line of questioning from the crowd. One individual asked the president why his unemployment benefits were not as large as his paycheck while he was employed and why there are no automatic mechanisms to automatically generate the same amount in dollars. Another woman complained that she has been waiting for subsidized housing for two years and just wants a new kitchen, bathroom and living room. Finally Julio is featured below and I do not need to paraphrase, watch.
Let us move past the utterly senseless cult of personality worship. Julio in not so many words complained that his benefits at McDonalds were simply not good enough and it was up to the president to make things right! It would appear to me that the level of discourse in this country has completely and utterly degenerated to levels unseen before. Yes things are tough, but they have been tougher. 1970s, 1980s and the 1930s all brought severe hardships according to both the misery index and raw unemployment numbers.
The blame falls on the liberal institutions in this country that encourage and reward federal safety nets and make it acceptable to go on national television and literally BEG for aid. An entire fabric of society has been fundamentally changed over a course of 60 years, an awful sad change. Compare and contrast the battered workers of the 1930s who were ASHAMED to take federal aid and did so under only the most pressing of circumstances. Some even felt the responsibility to pay it back due to the burdening guilt they felt. These people and those principles are long gone, replaced by the likes of Julio and his Floridian comrades. An individual who has no compunction of begging for better benefits while in college on national television, but to be celebrated across the country! Look on YouTube and you will see that this individual has been elevated to virtual hero status.
Finally, Obama continues to nurture within our society a notion that government is the only institution capable of helping us get out of this recession. He continues promising hope and change dressed in federal aid assistance paid by the rest of the working America. He has no problem with Julio asking for better benefits, or someone asking for higher unemployment benefits or a someone else requesting federal housing aid. They are his constituency and he will continue perpetuating this infant-like reliance on the nanny state as long as it suits him politically. He will then be worshipped and idolized for his benevolence while the rest of the suckers provide him the means and ability to do so.
The story certainly has a very happy ending. Looks like someone identified some natural talent and offered Julio better benefits. Looks like town hall meetings will be turning into audition rooms. (courtesy of kabar at FreeRepublic).