Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rep. Steve King: Unemployment Benefits Created "A Nation Of Slackers"

Why do we have an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent (Aug. 2011)? According to Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the primary problem isn't jobs being shipped overseas or the lack of consumer demand. No, suddenly almost one out of every ten decided to have a grand ol' time on what he calls the "slacker rolls." Further, even though Moody’s Analytics has confirmed that unemployment checks are an economic stimulus (every dollar spent on benefits produces $1.61 for the economy), King doesn’t want to be confused with the facts. And though he calls for putting people back to work, the Republicans oppose the infrastructure bank proposed by Obama that would do so. Watch as King tells us the reason we have so many unemployed: the benefits themselves have created “a nation of slackers":

King: United States of America borrows money and hands it to people and tells them, you don't have to work for this. You don't have to produce anything for this. We just want you to spend it. That's your patriotic duty, to take the money that we borrowed from the Chinese, and the debt burden we put on our grandchildren, and put it in people's hands and say it's a patriotic thing, take your food stamps and take your rent subsidy and heat subsidy and your unemployment check, and go engage in commerce, that's patriotic. Um, no? [...]

The former speaker of the House, Speaker Pelosi, has consistently said that unemployment checks are one of those reliable and immediate forms of economy recovery, that you get a lot of bang for your buck when you pay people not to work, and they will go out and spend that money immediately, therefore we should pass out unemployment checks and stimulate the economy. That statement is ridiculous where I come from, Mr. Speaker. To pay people not to work, and somehow in that formula it stimulates the economy. [...]

The 80 million Americans that are of working age but are simply not in the workforce need to be put to work. We can't have a nation of slackers and then have me have to sit in the Judiciary Committee listening to them argue that there's work that Americans won't do, so we have to import people to do the work that Americans won't do, and borrow money to pay the welfare of people that won't work. That is a foolish thing for a nation to do. We've gotta get this country back to work and get those people out of the slacker rolls and onto the employed rolls. (h/t: Daily Kos)

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