Fox News’ Answer to the “Labor Shortage”? Starve People.

Yes, that is actually a case being made by Laura Ingraham.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readAug 14, 2021


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If nothing else, the Covid-19 pandemic has been illuminating.

As I and others have been saying for well over a year now, it has exposed every fundamental flaw and crack in the foundation of the dying American empire, and its facade of wealth to hide the brutal system the masses are forced to operate within. But perhaps one of the most interesting developments as the country responds and evolves to this pandemic has been the supposed “labor shortage”. Employers have not hesitated in expressing their frustration that “no one wants to work anymore”, bitterly lambasting the people who would rather “live off the government” than be under their employ.

Of course, it’s easy to say people don’t want to work anymore rather than acknowledge that people who lost their jobs during a pandemic are taking the opportunity to seek jobs that will pay them a decent wage. It’s easy to say that a young mother simply doesn’t want to work, instead of acknowledging that the costs of childcare require that she find a job that will allow her to be able to afford it if she cannot work from home. It’s easy to say people are just lazy, as opposed to beginning to understand the worth of their labor.

All that being said, naturally one of the people weighing in on the conversation was FOX News’ very own Laura Ingraham, who did not hold back when discussing how she believes the American people should get back into the workforce. Her potential solution? Starve people.

It might sound hyperbolic, which only makes it more surreal that it’s not.

In a discussion with Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer, Ingraham said:

“What if we just cut off the unemployment? I mean, hunger is a pretty powerful thing…I’m talking about people who can work, but refuse to work.”

As Taffer nodded along, Ingraham went on to question if we’ve taken “work-life balance” and the need for self care a step too far.

Hunger is a pretty powerful thing…



Lauren Elizabeth

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