Saturday, December 28, 2013

Repugs Still Sabotaging the Economy for Fun and Profit

A: Unemployment insurance benefits are neither an entitlement nor a handout. Workers pay unemployment insurance premiums out of their checks, just like home or car insurance. Cutting off those benefits is like the insurance company refusing to pay when a tornado destroys your home.

Just like repug Chris Christie is doing to thousands of homeowners still homeless after Superstorm Sandy

B. You cannot receive your unemployment insurance benefits unless you prove you have been searching for a job.  Every two weeks you have to provide proof that you are sltill applying for jobs.

C: Cutting unemployment insurance benefits, like cutting food stamps and welfare and housing aid, harms the economy by taking money away from people who would spend it immediately on rent, mortgage, utilities, food and transportation right in their own neighborhoods.

D. So vicious morons like Rand Paul are lying about the facts, lying about the policy, and lying about their own motivations for refusing to extend unemployment insurance benefits.

From the Courier:

At least 37,000 out-of-work Kentuckians and Hoosiers will see their unemployment payments end today after Congress did not extend long-term emergency benefits before heading home for the holidays.

While lawmakers likely will take up the issue when they return to Washington next month, political lines already are being drawn over whether the government should continue to provide help to Americans who have been without work for at least half a year.

“This is not the time to take it out on the Americans who are suffering the most,” Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said in an interview.

But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said on “Fox News Sunday” that extending unemployment benefits would be “a disservice to these workers.”

“You are causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” he said.


Among those losing benefits is Melanie Howard, 57, of Louisville, who discovered her unemployment was exhausted Thursday. She checked her bank balance online and saw the automatic deposit of her check was $318, half the biweekly benefit she has received since being laid off in September 2012.

“I was surprised, because the unemployment office previously told me they expected the benefits to be extended,” said Howard, who said she has had difficulty finding work to replace her $20-an-hour job as an office manager.

“I am trying to find something that is reasonable,” Howard said, adding she needs medical coverage. “I have been out there looking.”

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