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


5 Responses to “Republican Thinks Unemployment Benefits Create ‘Hobos’”

  1. Richard Heiberger on February 26th, 2010 6:55 pm

    You are a despicable man. Thousands of Nevadans are unemployed due to a recession caused by greedy maggots in the banking industry and Wall Street and you call us the bums. Maybe you don’t know the meaning of the word but look in the mirror and you will have the answer.

  2. lea w. on February 27th, 2010 8:55 am

    You are ridiculous. Thousands of people in Michigan lost their jobs because of bad handling of the CEOs of GM. They should be blamed in that aspect. No person wanted to lose their jobs. We cannot help it if they wanted to send our jobs in other countires too. If you want us to find jobs, then where are they???????????????? You will not and would not understand the plight of the unemployed until you stand in our own shoes. You are just lucky right now. I believe in KARMA; and one of these days it will get you……….

  3. charles smith on February 27th, 2010 1:31 pm

    vote is a** out of office and show him the meaning of the word hobo. career politicians are so out of touch with mainstream america, that they feel they have the right to judge us all. we as americans haven’t been represented for a long time now. i have a feeling that all of congress and the house of reps. will be looking inward come november when they all get fired!!! the government is the reason that we are in this mess in the first place, it’s all about government control over us!

  4. BMJ on February 27th, 2010 1:33 pm

    In response to all those who are opposing the extension of unemployment checks, because they think we are being lazy jobless bums and may become accustomed to the free government handouts; this recession was not caused by the unemployed, but all those who have little to no respect for anyone but themselves. Please know that I, and everyone I know of that are currently unemployed, are not enjoying our situation. This job market is so tough; that even after 30 years of business and financial experience, I find that I can no longer define myself by what my career was, or the education and experience I have attained, but how I am attempting to survive this economic recession and maintain just an ounce of respect before it squeezes the life out of me and my family.

    I am currently in my fourth layoff. All of my layoffs were large layoffs due to company financial difficulties, i.e. lawsuits, bankruptcies, or a company merger, and yet it was the employee that took the financial hit to pay for what most often, was the unfortunate decision of a company’s executive. With every layoff I have undergone throughout the years, I have taken a substantial pay cut just to get back in the workforce. I have known what it is to work two to three part-time jobs at a time just to make ends meet until I was able to get a job in my educational and professional background. Working odd jobs is not even an option this time around, because even part-time jobs are sparse. We are so very tired and worn out from the day to day search for a job that is not out there. Not knowing if you will be able to pay the bills or even keep your home for another week, is a depressing, demoralizing and physical and mentally-draining experience.

    I would like to respectfully propose the question to those who although may have good intentions, think that they are creating jobs, or giving sound job-seeking advice: If tomorrow they found themselves out of work, would they be willing to go back to school to get a job in the medical field, or take a manufacturing job, or relocate to another state; just because these are the industries thought to be currently hiring. In this flooded unemployment, even in applying for a job one may be well qualified for, or for a job that one is over qualified for, the result is a disappointment.

    The cost of not extending unemployment provisions beyond recent attempts until all Americans in need, are back to work in jobs that will not place us in the same situation once again, or in low paying jobs that are being offered to replace the higher paying jobs we were laid-off from, or in what ever industry that happens to be hiring at the moment. Jobs we can be proud of because we worked hard at building a career. The cost of not providing the small amount of unemployment that I and others are getting just to keep an roof over our head and put food on the table will be substantial – in the form of increased foreclosures, less money flowing through communities, and reliance on other public benefits – and will slow down the economic recovery that will bring us jobs. Until companies stop the streamlining of their operations to incorporate automation, and cut financial corners to keep their bonuses — America will not be back at work and long-term unemployment will continuing to rise.

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