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Unemployment benefits and Republicans--By MIKE THOMPSON , detroit free press


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Nov 24, 2009
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Blog: Mike Thompson: Unemployment benefits and Republicans | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Dean Heller has a word to describe the 13.6% of Michiganders and 9.5% of Americans who are jobless in this Great Recession: Hobos. Heller, a Republican congressman from Nevada, was before a recent Republican gathering and spoke on the subject of people who are receiving unemployment benefits: “Is the government now creating hobos?” Heller said.

If you’re Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, unemployment can be explained away by laziness. “The jobs are there. But if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there," Republican Corbett said, ignoring the fact that even minimum wage jobs are in short supply.


The avowed concern of Republicans is that expending unemployment benefits would balloon the deficit. Never mind that their two main legislative priorities -- extending tax cuts for the rich, and ending the inheritance tax for the wealthy -- would create a geyser of red ink.
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