Republican Thinks Unemployment Benefits Create ‘Hobos’
February 26, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Congress has been trying to pass a package of benefit measures to extend a series of programs due to expire on Sunday, including unemployment insurance and cobra health insurance benefits, but Republican lawmakers have sought to block passage, using obstructionist tactics. The package of benefits finally passed through the House, but has stalled in the Senate, because Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) has a waged a one-man filibuster campaign to deprive over a million Americans of unemployment benefits during a deep recession. And Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered his own bit of cold-hearted disdain for the unemployed, saying he opposes the extension of unemployment checks because the lazy jobless bums may become accustomed to the free government handouts and take to the rails as hobos.
Heller, a first-term congressman, believes that unemployed Americans are without jobs, by choice, at a time when the country is facing a near double-digit unemployment rate.
The Nevada Congressman, cited a study that found people who are out of work longer than two years have only a 50 percent chance of getting back into the workforce. “I believe there should be a federal safety net,” Heller said, but he opposed extending unemployment benefits to a total of 24 months. Apparently, Heller thinks the long-term unemployed will just give up looking for a job, and take to traveling the country on railway cars seeking odd jobs in exchange for a can of hobo beans.
“Is the government now creating hobos?” Heller asked.
Source: Think Progress