Tuesday, March 2, 2010
GOP Sen. Kyl: Unemployment Benefits Make People Not Want To Get A Job
Ah, Senator Kyl, you are so on top of it. I mean, it's guys like you we are so blessed to have in Congress. Or, what was that comment Ali said her sister would have? Something about a "stupidhead?"
"A debate on the Senate floor Monday over unemployment compensation crystallized, at least for a moment, the divide between the two parties in Washington.
"Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican whip, argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting "because people are being paid even though they're not working."
"Unemployment insurance "doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work," Kyl said during debate over whether unemployment insurance and other benefits that expired amid GOP objections Sunday should be extended.
"I'm sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can't argue that it's a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it's a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here," said Kyl.
"Unemployment benefits are generally so small that much of it is often used to pay for COBRA health insurance, even when subsidized. The size of the benefits does not generally cover the cost of living and it would be hard to find a single person who would prefer unemployment to having a job so that they could get subsidized COBRA."
In fact, I bet the unemployed people in this picture are all just hanging out on Facebook and not looking for jobs, at all. Especially considering unemployment checks are huge and they just keep coming forever. Hellz, if I were Senator Kyl, I'd find a way to get out of my job and go on the dole... I think he's working on it!