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First Republican Jim Bunning of Kentucky pulls off a single-handed shutdown of federal transportation programs, idling 2,000 federal employees without pay, and — in the process — stalling extension of unemployment benefits for 400,000 Americans whose benefits are running out.
Now Arizona GOP Sen. John Kyl says — in effect — that those drawing unemployment don’t want to get a job.
Kyl claims unemployment creates a new welfare class of non-workers who have no desire to look for work.
Kyl claims “continuing to pay people to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work…you can’t argue that it’s a job enhancer. If anything, it’s a disincentive.”
Those struggling to pay bills and buy food on the meager amounts paid under unemployment insurance probably disagree with Kyl and Bunning and the Republicans who back them.