Gop Senator Belives Poor Just Lazy

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.

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To me this crystalizes the Republican mindset. The working poor are only poor because they are "lazy" and wealthy are rich because they are "good" people.

niceguyinhell niceguyinhell
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7 Responses Mar 2, 2010

And you are basing your assumptions on?

We're still in a Recession. Credit lines for most businesses are getting better, but still largely frozen.<br />
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Consumer spending is (understandably!) way down.<br />
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No company is going to hire or expand when consumer spending is way down.<br />
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This, unfortunately, means that unemployment is going to remain high for a long time.<br />
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This also means that Conservatives are going to need to stop the bullshit mantra of "The unemployed are just lazy and don't want to look for work."

As with nearly all things in life, there are excepions to all things. I know people that have done just what is portrayed, in waiting till it's all but gone, then look for work. I also know those who truely use it as means to get by, till they can be solvent again. I don't see a good formula or answer to this question. It is a must, for people to have a way of living, till they become employed, so I see it as a necessary evil.

The GOP continues to reveal their contempt for poor Americans. Tom Delay is the latest Republican to flat out admit that he thinks poor people are just lazy.<br />
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Huffington Post excerpt<br />
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Asked whether it was bad strategy to make a budget stand on a $10 billion extension of unemployment (as opposed to, say, the Bush's $720 billion prescription drug package), Delay insisted that if the PR had been done right, Bunning would have been applauded. Helping the unemployed with federal assistance, he said, was unsound policy. <br />
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"You know," Delay said, "there is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits keeps people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don't look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out. <br />
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Host Candy Crowley: Congressman, that's a hard sell, isn't it? <br />
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Delay: it's the truth. <br />
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The hatred and contempt the GOP has for poor Americans is astonishing.

This whole thing is going to end up costing so much money, just to restart what got shut down because of Bunning's antics. What an efficient use of resources!

"Social justice is about giving the stupid, lazy rich people more opportunities to become destitute."<br />
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I couldn't agree more.

And this is the Crystallization of the Democratic mindset:<br />
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http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/02/10/62-knowing-whats-best-for-poor-people/<br />
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"It is a poorly guarded secret that, deep down, white people believe if given money and education that all poor people would be EXACTLY like them."<br />
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"But it is ESSENTIAL that you reassert that poor people do not make decisions based on free will. That news could crush white people and their hope for the future."<br />
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In reality, there are a lot of stupid and lazy poor people, and there are a lot of stupid and lazy rich people.<br />
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Social justice is about giving the stupid, lazy rich people more opportunities to become destitute. It's also nice to give smart, enterprising poor people a shot at wealth, but it's much more difficult.