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Today, on Fox News Sunday, Senator Rand Paul was asked about whether unemployment benefits should be extended for the long-term unemployed.  Here is his answer:

I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers.

There was a study that came out a few months ago, and it said, if you have a worker that's been unemployed for four weeks and on unemployment insurance and one that's on 99 weeks, which would you hire? Every employer, nearly 100 percent, said they will always hire the person who's been out of work four weeks.

When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. And it really -- while it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you're trying to help.

You know, I don't doubt the president's motives. But black unemployment in America is double white unemployment. And it hasn't budged under this president.

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It is amazing to me that Senator Paul (or anyone else) believes this.  His answer is based on a false underlying assumption--that the long-term unemployed are not trying hard enough to find work, and that by denying them help, they will be more motivated to find work.

This is insulting to the many unemployed people who look for work day after day without success, and who constantly worry about how they are going to keep a roof over their head and feed their children.

There is a good reason why we have so many long-term unemployed in this country.  The economic policies of the Republican Party ruined the economy, which meant that many employers were not hiring.  And as the economy has improved, those employers who are hiring are flooded with job applications, which means that they have their pick of who they want to hire, and as Senator Paul acknowledges, they are less likely to pick the long-term unemployed applicants.  

Because it is harder for the long-term unemployed to find a job, it means that they need more help, and not less, something which Senator Paul apparently does not understand.

I only hope that the voters in Kentucky will make sure that Senator Rand Paul joins the unemployed in 2016.

Originally posted to night cat on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM PST.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Vicious little snot... n/t (12+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 07:19:40 PM PST

  •  Rand Paul has a few good ideas (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, OooSillyMe

    this is definitely not one of them.

    This idea is cruel to individual unemployed Americans and bad for the American economy.

    •  This idea (9+ / 0-)

      is from the core of his ideology, not some random dumb thing he said.

      •  Yes; so are his good ideas. (1+ / 0-)
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        worldlotus

        It is unfortunate, but the extreme libertarianism he espouses generates both his good ideas and his insane nutcase ideas, with the latter predominating.

        •  I'm curious to know what his good ideas might be./ (4+ / 0-)
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          There is no existence without doubt.

          by Mark Lippman on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:02:24 PM PST

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          •  The following areas (1+ / 0-)
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            Marijuanna: He favors decriminalization and decisions being made at a state level.

            Mandatory Minimum Sentences: He wants to weaken these rules.

            NSA suveillnce:  He wants to restrict this.

            •  I've heard some people who say they like (3+ / 0-)
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              certain positions Rand Paul promotes or Justin Amash, maybe 1 or 2 others, as well. These are politicians that are very far on the political spectrum from me.

              I don't credit far right politicians by giving them my agreement on anything because it's not possible to choose some of their ideas like items from an a la carte menu. I understand that a lot of people don't get this.

              People who don't get it expect me to reject Democrats too if I don't agree with them 100%.  I can cut most Democrats some slack that rightwingers don't get because there's no equivalence between them and I act accordingly.  I don't make common ground with my enemies. Ever.

              Rand Paul endorsed Greg Brannon, a candidate for North Carolina Senator. The endorsement was timed to coincide with a "Nullify Now" convention in Raleigh. The center was full of clean-cut college types who probably think Rand is cool on one or two issues, and maybe go along vaguely with nullification because they like their state.

              But the Confederate flag is there. The literature painstakingly goes through the legislative and judicial steps needed to roll this country back to its pre-Civil War days. A Senate seat would be useful.

              I read those good idea positions very closely. I put them through a fine mesh sieve.  

              There is no existence without doubt.

              by Mark Lippman on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 11:09:39 PM PST

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            •  I am so sick of people (1+ / 0-)
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              saying these extreme libertarians are a fountain of "good ideas" because they advocate for the legalization of marijuana. That's pretty trivial compared to eating and taking care of your family. Everyone pretty much is advocating for the lessening of mandatory minimums, even people like our right-wing governor, John Kasich. And their opposition to NSA surveillance is situational.

              Their other 200 ideas are wretched.

              Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

              by anastasia p on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:24:02 AM PST

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  •  I guess those on longterm unemployment (7+ / 0-)

    Should tell their mortgage holders, landlords, supermarkets, gas company, electric company, etc., that it's a disservice for them to be paid due to the fact that they are unemployed.

    Rand Paul is an idiot and I hope the people of Kentucky put him on the unemployment line in 2016.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 08:39:30 PM PST

    •  You beat me to it with your comment..... (0+ / 0-)
      •  Sorry (not really) (0+ / 0-)

        But I was one of those long termers and finally had to file for early Social Security which is 1/4 of what my take home was for 1 week.  I'm now taking from my IRA to make ends meet.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:32:30 PM PST

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  •  Ayn Rand Paul, just asking for defeat in 2016 (2+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, I believe Ayn Rand Paul is getting more vulnerable for defeat in 2016.  If Alison Grimes beats Mitch McConnell and gets elected, a new energy will appear in the Kentucky Democratic Party and Ayn Rand Paul will have to watch his ass.  Seriously.

    You can't get any lower than sticking it to the unemployed.

  •  Sneaky little tell at the end: (1+ / 0-)
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    You know, I don't doubt the president's motives. But black unemployment in America is double white unemployment.
    But no, Rand Paul is NOT racist, nope.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 04:36:15 AM PST

  •  Hey Rand, I'm unemployed- (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    61 and cut loose from my job of 41 years so the company could move more profit to the shareholders by moving the plant to Singapore.  The unemployment check is not that fucking fantastic that I'm looking forward to trying to live on it for the forseeable future.  
    I started looking for jobs by asking for about 80% of my previous salary.  In January,  I'll be forced to cut that a little further.   The lady at the unemployment office is waiting for me is waiting for me to come crawling back after she hinted I'd up taking a job at 15% of my previous pay and like it.  
    Try finding a job when you're 61.  Companies are afraid I'll retire in 4 years, they're wrong.  Companies are afraid if they pay me at 50% of my previous salary, I'll jump ship if a better opportunity arrives.  They're right.
    Like actual food stamp users vs the Republican idea of food stamp users,  the unemployed aren't sitting here with their feet up watching the tube.  I'm not here because I screwed up or did something wrong.  I'm not here because I'm a lazy ass enjoying the high life while the government pays for it.  I'm here because your corporate buddies needed another dime on their dividend checks.
    Use your head for something besides growing curls.  

    •  Also, since you are required (0+ / 0-)

      to take ANY job offered apparently, even if you are completely unqualified and cannot do the work, this doesn't make getting unemployment a luxury. Apparently, this is why these "supplementary life insurance" companies hit up everyone who posts their resume, invites them to "orientation" meetings, and probably hires everybody, with half of them washing out after a month. I read an article about these companies that said they have a higher than 90% annual turnover. The one that called me was boasting that they had their turnover down to around 70% but were trying to do better. Here's a clue: stop recruiting anyone with a pulse and hire people with sales skills.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:27:40 AM PST

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  •  You know what, Rand Paul? FUCK YOU! (1+ / 0-)
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    Sorry to be rude, but I want this asshole to live on $10,000 a year. Lock up all his resources. Don't pay him his entire salary. Let HIM try it and see how he survives. Friggin' asshole. Of COURSE employers prefer someone who has been out of work a shorter time but WHERE ARE THE JOBS? The requirements for getting unemployment are so confusing and so onerous that it's unlikely many people are getting away with not even looking for a job because they are living large on unemployment.

    I still cannot believe this creep got elected over Jack Conway.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 07:21:53 AM PST

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