The other day, I turned on the news to see some pig-faced Senator (probably a liberal Democrat) deriding anybody who called unemployment benefits "welfare".
Well, Senator Moron, that is exactly what extended benefits are.
We employers pay a rate to the state based on the experience our companies have in laying people off. The state, through a complicated formula—much more complicated than it should be—runs an insurance program which mandates 26 weeks of benefits for people who become unemployed through no fault of their own.
At least that’s how it is supposed to work.
Now you can argue that the employee actually pays the premium because it is a percentage of the payroll and there’s a good chance that if we didn’t have to make that payment as an employer, we could give that money to the employee in the form of higher salaries.
And contrary to the addle-brained anti-business lobby, most employers try to strike a balance between wages and productivity because we know that well paid people are the most productive.
So, it’s not a stretch to call the initial 26 weeks of unemployment an insurance program, the benefits of which are something you are paying for and thus entitled to should you have to file a claim.
Now comes the rub.
Anything over 26 weeks is welfare.
It is a direct check from Uncle Sam to you because you can’t or won’t find a job. It is the House and the Senate using your money to buy your votes.
So when the Republicans have had enough and filibuster an extension bill, you get quotes like this in the Las Vegas Review Journal: "They are destroying my life," Jerry Medina, an unemployed bartender said. "I don’t know what I am going to do. What they have done is a total disgrace. Those politicians are scum."
Mr. Medina just cruised through 26 weeks of benefits and was expecting some welfare. He won’t get it and now the politicians are scum.
Here’s a piece of advice for Mr. Medina.
Get a job and stop complaining or just go on welfare and play by the rules.
There’s plenty of research which says that extending unemployment benefits extends unemployment.
Most people, faced with the choice of working or being tossed out of their house will find a job.
Giving 70 weeks of unemployment benefits changes the dynamic.
So, Senator pig-face, in the immortal words of Judge Judy, don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining outside.
Anything more than 26 weeks of unemployment benefits is welfare. Welfare, welfare, welfare, welfare. You want to hear the truth? Or, maybe, you can’t handle the truth.
Either way, that’s the truth.
Here’s another truth.
Any Republican who votes for extending the benefits should be tossed out of the party.
And any Democrat should merely be ashamed of himself.
And if you are unemployed through no fault of your own and have taken your 26 weeks of benefits, stop pretending that anything more is not welfare. You take it and you’re just like the folks you ridicule.