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.
- US senator blocks benefit payout (news.bbc.co.uk)
- The real world impact of Bunning’s filibuster felt in Maine. Where are Collins and Snowe? (americablog.com)
- Sen. Kyl: Extended Unemployment Benefits to Pass (abcnews.go.com)
- Hundreds of Thousands Lose Unemployment Benefits Due to GOP Filibuster (angryindian.blogspot.com)
- 2,000 Transportation Workers Idled Over Impasse (abcnews.go.com)