Here’s the question that demagogic Democrats ask Republicans: “How can you be so heartless to cut off people in need who, for no fault of their own, lost their jobs?”
Here’s the question Republicans ought to respond with: “How do you think having lifetime jobless “insurance” benefits will work out for those who no longer ever need to get a job?”
Let me begin with a couple of quotes:
Here’s one from a liberal HuffPo article titled, “It’s Not Just Poor People Getting Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire“:
When lawmakers skipped town for Christmas break this year, they left unresolved what to do about federal unemployment insurance. The benefits, available to jobless workers who had used up six months of state-funded compensation, had been running since the Great Recession hit in 2008. Early in 2012, Congress began scaling back the duration of federal benefits as the economy improved. There was uncertainty as to what would happen at the end of this year with even better economic conditions. Now, with the program set to lapse, recipients such as Torian are left gaming out a petrifying next few months.
Point: Federal “long-term unemployment insurance” has been going on for going on seven damn years. And Congress has just kept extending it over and over and over and over. And of course you can NEVER end it because the day you do, the poor, poor workers will be “hosed.” So you have to keep providing these benefits forever. Or else you’re cruel.
The standard time-length of unemployment compensation payment is six months, although extensions to this are possible for certain individuals. Once this six-month time period elapses and payment ceases, an individual who remains unemployed is at risk of falling into poverty, as they no longer have a safety net upon which to rely. This contrasts with the situation of the unemployed in most European countries (such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom), where unemployment benefit is of unlimited duration so long as the individual remains unemployed.
Okay, so we have America where we’re willing to help you – to a point. And then you’ve got to stand on your own two feet and get a job, even if you don’t WANT to get a damn job. And even if you have to take a job that you feel is “beneath” you. Because that’s what grown-up Americans do. And then we have European socialist nanny-statism, which says, “You NEVER have to grow up. You NEVER have to take responsibility for yourself. It takes a village. Blah blah blah socialist blah.”
America used to be like America. Because we were the greatest nation on earth and no one else even came close. But now we’re a mediocre “mediocracy” like all the other socialist realms where everybody should be the same and anybody who tries to be better ought to be punished for the effort.
Here’s the bottom line: Democrats keep wanting to extend jobless “insurance” month after month and year after year after year without end. And they never have to answer the question: “At what point is it immoral to keep extending these “benefits”?
Should I get an unemployment check for a year? How about two years? Is five years too long? How about ten years? Do I hear twenty-five years? Hey, let’s go deep and say sixty years of unemployment bennies. Is THAT too long?
Snotty, dishonest Democrats will undoubtedly respond, “No one is talking about unemployment benefits for ten years” (They can’t say “five years” anymore because they’ve ALREADY EXTENDED THEM FOR THAT LONG). But consider the following question in the following paragraph. Because:
You know what I want to hear from Democrats? I want to hear them say, “If you continue to receive unemployment “insurance” for more than _____________ (please fill in the damn blank, Democrat), you are a lousy person. You are a slacker and a freeloader. And only a foolish and depraved society would give you one more nickel.” I want to hear them put a number in that blank.
But they won’t. They NEVER will.
What they WILL do is month after month, year after year continue to demonize and demagogue and slander Republicans who are reluctant to provide welfare for life.
(CNSNews.com) – The subsidies that help low-income people buy expensive health insurance are a ‘disincentive for people to work,” Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, told Congress on Wednesday.
“What the Affordable Care Act does, is to provide subsidies focused on lower- and lower-middle-income people to buy health insurance. And in order to encourage a sufficient number of people to buy an expensive product like health insurance, the subsidies are fairly large in dollar terms. Those subsidies are then withdrawn over time — withdrawn from people as their income rises.
“And by providing heavily subsidized health insurance to people with very low income, and then withdrawing those subsidies as income rises, the (Affordable Care) Act creates a disincentive for people to work, relative to what would have been the case in the absence of that Act,” Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee.
Dishonest, demon-possessed Democrats – caught like cockroaches in the kitchen when the light finally gets turned on – are actually saying it’s a GOOD thing that ObamaCare will destroy at least 2.3 million jobs (mind you, I assure you it will be FAR worse than that. And the CBO has been reliably late to comprehend the horror of this murderous and evil ObamaCare law). Believe it or not, the Democrats who demonized Republicans as “job killers” are now actually openly saying that it is a GOOD thing that ObamaCare will drive another 2.5 million Americans out of the workforce. Because now the people who have the right to choose to murder their very own children will also enjoy the right to choose whether to work or accept the welfare dole and mooch off of other people’s money for a life of mediocrity and failure.
Democrats are pathologically dishonest. On the one hand, they claim with their Pseudo-Messiah Obama that they have improved the economy so damn much that unemployment is now only 6.7 percent. But on the other hand, they’re evil, not stupid, and so they know that real unemployment in this country is really well over ten percent under their Failure-in-Chief and his disastrous and stupid and frankly wicked and immoral policies.
President Barack Obama took pride in presiding over the nation’s “lowest unemployment rate in over five years” during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. But while this statement is true — the jobless rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December — it’s not exactly something to write home about.
That’s because a large part of the most recent decline in December was the result of 347,000 people giving up the search for work entirely and dropping out of the labor force. Such a decision helps the unemployment rate look better on paper, since it pushes those people out of the unemployment picture altogether. But in reality, it is not a great sign for the millions struggling to find work.
I’ve been writing about this in articles such as “Rapidly Worsening Labor Participation Rate Now Lowest In More Than THIRTY YEARS Under Obama’s Failed Regime. PLEASE LOOK AT HISTORY!!!” And that rate is no longer “more than thirty years”; it’s now the worst in over THIRTY-SIX YEARS. We haven’t seen anything like this since Jimmy Damn Communist Carter was busy destroying America with his own failed socialist experiments back in 1978.
I pointed out quite a while back about the “Unemployment Rate: At ‘The Rate’ We’re Going, We’ll Have 0% Unemployment But No One Will Have An Actual Job.” I predicted that THREE FULL YEARS ago. Tell me how I was wrong, lying liberals.
Barack Obama is a pathologically dishonest liar. But because he is protected by pathologically dishonest liars in the mainstream media, he is able to keep pumping out total crap. But meanwhile he is driving ordinary people into the dust each and every month of his disastrous curse-from-God (as in “God damn America!”) presidency.
Things are just going so good under Obama that we closed out the year with headlines such as: “Applications for Unemployment Benefits Experiences Largest Increase in Over a Year.”
And then we get into January and February and we hear this from the always reliably rabidly ideological Los Angeles Times:
Retail sales fall unexpectedly in January
Amid bitter weather, sales slump a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in January from December, missing Wall Street’s expectations, Commerce Department reports.
By Tiffany Hsu
February 13, 2014, 6:16 p.m.
This year’s streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring.
But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded in Atlanta and this week is pounding the eastern part of the country with snow, have dealt a particularly severe blow to retailers.
The tempests couldn’t have come at a worse time. In January, as businesses struggled through a weak post-holiday period in a month that already tends to be slow, industry sales slid by their largest margin in 18 months.
And “February does not offer much hope for relief,” according to a report from Credit Suisse.
Maggie Taylor, an analyst with Moody’s, said she’s spent two days in each of the last three weeks stranded at her New Jersey home because of the weather. She’s tried to run errands but has been stymied by closed stores. There’s so much snow she can’t even see her front stoop.
“The consumer is coming back slower than we expected with or without the storms,” she said. “But this winter, the storms appear so extreme that we don’t believe retailers are using them as an [unreasonable] excuse. People are staying home.”
The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales slumped a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in January from December, missing Wall Street’s expectations of flat results. Compared with the same month a year earlier, sales were up 2.6%, disappointing many analysts.
The government also revised down sales for the prior two months. December sales, which had previously been reported as a 0.2% month-to-month increase, were changed to reflect a 0.1% decline.
Don’t worry: they’ll have an excuse for March and April, too. I’m guessing they’ll go back to their favorite straw man the Republican Party.
We conservatives have been openly MOCKING the left for the constant and incessant use of their favorite economic adjective under Obama: “unexpected.” They expected a Utopia under their messiah and just can’t figure out why the streets aren’t paved with gold yet because they know with the faith of true Allah Akbar believers that socialism WORKS and “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
I can’t help but laugh as I think of the Soviet Union, which shortly before its collapse had the balls to blame seventy years’ worth of bad weather after their policies resulted in perpetual famine, having executed all the other viable scapegoats.
That is ALL Obama has done. Blame, blame, blame, demonize, slander and lie like no other human being in all of history has lied. All liberals do and all they have EVER done is make false promises, then blame Bush, blame House Republicans (because they should have worshiped Obama and they refused to), then blame “unexpected.” And ultimately if they get to grab the sort of totalitarian power their communist heroes in the USSR did they’ll blame seventy years’ worth of bad weather. Because that’s who they are: a nation of Cains who refuse to accept responsibility for the horror they cause.
Do you want to know the TRUTH about what Democrats actually want? THIS is what they want:
Let me remind you this has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
Democrats don’t want jobs. If they wanted jobs, they wouldn’t be at war with the people who CREATE jobs. What Democrats want is CONTROL. They want the fascist control of society such that the people are beholden to THEM, such that THEY get to “punish their enemies and reward their friends,” such that they get to pick the winners and the losers, such that they get to decide whom the IRS targets and whom the IRS passes. THAT is what they want.
Democrats don’t want you to have a damn job; they want you to be on welfare so you’ll have to keep voting Democrat forever in order to get your next meal. That is ALL they want.
And the last six miserable years under Obama proves that they are increasingly GETTING what they want.
I wish Democrats would just have the honesty and integrity to preach their offer: in exchange for wiping out any chance at independence and genuine success in life, we’ll give you a menial subsistence existence as long as you keep waiting for your check in the mail and vote for the party that made it all possible for you to be a permanent parasite.