It is not compassionate to extend unemployment benefits and have your children pay for them, and that’s precisely what the Democrats did by extending unemployment benefits another 26 weeks to more than two years for some. The cost to your children is $34 billion dollars. Your children, because it’s been added to this year’s $3.5 trillion dollar budget and to its $1.6 trillion dollar deficit. In other words, your children will be asked to pay for today’s unemployed. Compassion? You tell me, then again, ask your kids. You’re off the hook.
The Senate went ahead and passed the unemployment extension. The Democrats version of compassion. Republicans have been the target of cheap shot after cheap shot but it is not deserved. They too wanted unemployment benefits extended, they just wanted the Democrats to pay for them.
The legislation, which was supported by President Obama, will extend benefits for those who have already used their standard 26 weeks of unemployment. The measure now faces a final vote in the Senate and must also clear the House of Representatives.
Republicans have said they also support extending the benefits but argue that the $34 billion cost of the proposal should not add to the deficit. “Of course we ought to extend unemployment,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “But we ought to pay for it.”
Ironically, one of the people standing behind the President as he took his cheap shot at Republicans yesterday (Republicans have no faith in the American people, he said), was Jim Chukalis, an unemployed auto dealer parts manager. Ironic because Jim might have a job right now had the President not shut down too many auto dealerships, too fast last year, as noted yesterday by the TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky. Barofsky told Neil Cavuto that the shutdowns cost thousands of jobs more than necessary because the Federal Government did them randomly and too quickly.
This is not compassion. But this is how liberals always portray it. What’s more, if you don’t agree, you are heartless. Listen to this exchange between Neil Cavuto yesterday and Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings.
Got that? Do what I say or people will die. The Democrats want a dependent state. Permanent. That is not compassion.
UPDATE: Unemployment compensation can be confusing. Just because benefits can be extended to two years for some, others just starting unemployment will not necessarily receive benefits for two years.
For a great explanation of this, and how many extensions have been added… here’s an article from today’s WSJ Online.