The unemployment extension debate is a farce. These 9 quotes sum up exactly what is wrong with our political process.
The Washington Post is reporting that a bipartisan deal has been reached to extend unemployment benefits in the Senate. Its fate is now up to the House of Representatives, where it may face too many obstacles to pass.
The unemployment extension debate in the USA is a subject that causes white-hot disagreement. Meanwhile, the polarized political landscape only makes it that much more difficult to come to an agreement. Politicians are likelier than ever to say silly, unproductive things to pander to their bases.
Here are 9 infuriating quotes that sum up the immaturity of the unemployment extension debate.
“How ’bout if instead of the welfare, we give ’em an alternative. We’ll give you so many acres that can provide land where you can live off of it, make a living and we’ll give you seed money to start, but you have to sign an agreement that you’ll never accept welfare again. How ’bout that? We got plenty of land.”
– Louis Gohmert
“Instead of continually extending unemployment benefits, we should instead work together to bring back economic growth and jobs. We should repeal Obamacare, which is costing millions of jobs across the country.”
– Ted Cruz
“It’s interesting to note that [Republicans] rejected unemployment insurance. This is so unconscionable, it’s practically at the level of immoral to do to people who work hard, play by the rules, lose their job through no fault of their own are not able to continue getting unemployment insurance checks.”
“When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. You get out of a recession by encouraging employment, not encouraging unemployment.”
“…instead of working on reforms that would actually help people overcome the challenges so many of them face in this economy, Democrats plan to exploit [the unemployed] for political gain. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it.”
“[Republicans] have no intention of passing unemployment benefits for the short term — or long term — because they don’t care. It’s obvious from their actions.”
“Voting for extending unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs, voting against it doesn’t.”
“They want the issue more than they want the result, so it’s hurting those who are long-term unemployed by playing politics with it.”
“Literally, if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”
“Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.”