Conservatives hate the unemployed

I decided to post this one mostly for the title.    Since so much inflammatory material calling Liberals “socialists”, “anti-semitic”, “Marxist” and so on has been posted recently.  Well, I like to return the favor.   Aside from that, a few really good points are made.   A few months back I seem to remember a vote on unemployment benefits, hijacked by the Repugnicans of course!!   And Orrin Hatch’s remark at the end pretty much sums up the GOBP’s feelings about the unemployed, poor: “they’re just gonna blow it on drugs”.   Compassionate conservatives at work!!

The whole idea of unemployment insurance is that you pay into it while you’re employed so that if you lose your job, there will be money available to help you out. Unemployment benefits also happen to make good economic sense, stimulating the economy by putting money in the hands of people who need it badly and will spend it right away.

We’re now in a situation where Americans and their economy need help from the system they’ve contributed to with every paycheck, when they still had paychecks. The financial crisis has left us with nearly six job seekers for every available job in America right now. We have the highest rate of long-term unemployment in this country on record. The average job search now stretches a record 34.4 months – more than eight months.

One of the most surprising things about politics since the crash happened and since unemployment spiked is how many politicians apparently hate people for being unemployed, hate the unemployed. At least they’re willing to voice for political reason. After you pay for unemployment insurance when you have a job, a bunch of politicians apparently think that you are a leech and a bad person for taking those benefits when you need them.

Yesterday the Senate Republicans filibustered away a $110 billion jobs bill that included funding designed to stimulate growth in employment and help for people who still can’t find jobs. Now 1.2 million Americans stranded in this lousy job market are at risk of losing their unemployment benefits.

Conservative politicians apparently hate them just for being unemployed. After you pay for unemployment insurance when you have a job, a bunch of politicians apparently think that you are a leech and a bad person for taking those benefits when you need them.


Republican Sharron Angle, running for Senate in Nevada: “[W]e have put in so much entitlement into our government that we
really have spoiled our citizenry and said, you don’t want the jobs that are available.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona): “[C]ontinuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.”

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): “We shouldn’t turn the safety net into a hammock. It should actually be a safety net.”

Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada): “Is the government now creating hobos?”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): “You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs.”

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7 Responses to Conservatives hate the unemployed

  1. Hacksaw says:

    Conservatives do not hate the unemployed, they prefer that these people are gainfully employed & paying taxes – the GOP lawmakers (many of whom were businesspeople in their former careers) know that if you pay people not to work for long enough, it creates an “incentive” for them not to earn their keep and then all they do is sit around & collect cash from the government, paying little or no taxes and that eventually becomes unsustainable, especially in an economy such as ours currently is.

    Tax cuts are the answer, but this current Administration just does not know that due to their collective lack of corporate experience. Tax cuts encourage businesses to hire more people, creating both jobs & increased money for the government, in the form of earned income taxes that the new employees pay. The longest periods of sustained job growth in this country’s history (52 months under GWB, 48 months under Reagan & 33 months under Clinton) were all the direct result of tax cuts, but the buffoons currently in charge just won’t admit or duplicate that little “inconvenient truth”.

    • polarbear20 says:

      Actually, a good majority of these people currently on unemployent are people who have been employed tax payers for years, and want to work again. The problem is, the jobs just aren’t there. And the GOP pulling the rug out from under them isn’t gonna help things at all. It IS a very valid point: someone unemployed after 20, 25, hell even 5 or 10 years is entitled(theres that word again! ;)) to their unemployment, since they contributed to it for that very reason.

      That’s the problem, NOT the solution. The last thing we need are more corporate, executive assholes running, no wait, RUINING this country.

  2. Princess says:

    After you pay for unemployment insurance when you have a job, first PB, employees DO NOT pay for unemployment insurance………….EVER. the EMPLOYER pays it. NOT the employEE. you don’t have a friggin CLUE how it works.

    and that other baloney? PLLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEE!!!!! you have GOT to be kidding!

    would like a tutorial on HOW the unemployment system ACTUALLY works? or would you prefer to keep up your liberal BALONEY propaganda?

  3. mzkatie says:

    Hacksaw: “Tax cuts encourage businesses to hire more people…”

    There ya go.

  4. Princess says:

    but katie, our congress isn’t interested in spurring business or putting people back to work. all they are interested in is POWER.

  5. myfoxmystere says:

    Congress just might get a big spanking in November…only the Almighty One knows what’s coming!

  6. Pingback: Conservatives hate the unemployed (via Cleveland Foxers) « mystere's moonbat spanker

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