Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, recently claimed that the work ethic has almost been defeated in the U.S. (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, Paul made his comments last week during an interview with EWTN, a Catholic-oriented cable channel.
EWTN asked Paul about Disney bringing foreign workers into the United States to replace American workers and the U.S. policy of foreign work visas.
"I think we need to look very carefully at how many people we need, not only for national security reasons, but also for economic reasons," Paul stated.
The New York Times reported in June that Disney told about 250 workers in October 2014 that they were being fired, and gave many of their data system jobs to foreign workers who were supplied by an outsourcing firm in India. Some Disney workers reportedly had to train their replacements to do their former jobs.
Paul later added:
For economic reasons, I'm not against people coming here, it's just a matter of deciding what the numbers are. I also think that it's a two-fold problem. We also have almost defeated the work ethic in our country.
And so, for like picking crops, hard work, if we didn’t bring in migrant labor, we’re rotting from the inside. We have people who really, we’ve destroyed the ethic of work in so much of our population.
ABC News reported in May that Americans work longer hours, get less vacation time and retire later than citizens of any industrialized nation.