GOP constituents also depend on jobless aid

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 15, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    All this complaining about Obama in this forum is ridiculous. It is the Republicans who blocked all attempts by the Obama to build necessary infrastructure, and action that would have simultaneously employed millions while giving this nation the infrastructure to be competitive. But Republicans insisted that any investment in infrastructure was essentially just a waste of taxpayer money.

    Well what's more of a waste? Spending Federal money building infrastructure and getting people working . . . Or paying people unemployment benefits while they don't work?

    If the Republicans could be far-sighted enough to see the long term consequences of their actions (and non-actions) this nation would be a much better place.

    Come on Republicans . . . Please stop obstructing progress.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    its funny that they wont touch the top 1% in taxes but will cut off the working class and think they will be better off. and the tax cuts over ten years ago didnt make even one more job. and the rich at a record rate are shipping income to banks outside the united states. the top 1% are the ones shipping jobs out of country with the help of tax laws from clinton and bush that profit them to go over seas. look it up. the lower 50% of americans will not be able to afford a home or university schooling in the next 20 years and yet corporations are making record profits.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    We have an anti business president. The stimulus bill made things worse. 40,000 new rules and regulations this year do not help. Business and industry are champing at the bit. Anyone receiving unemployment should be required to work a few days a week. There are millions of jobs it is just they don't pay well. An incentive program would help.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 7:27 a.m.


    At least complete the picture. Obama does not offer anything either. If he did, then after 5 years we might have seen something approaching normal employemnt. Instead we have 90 some million dropping out of the labor force. We now have a lot of part time jobs and McJobs. Plus, probably the most important statistic is one RBB pointed out. When peoples unemployment runs out many run out and get jobs.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    It just goes to show that what Mitt Romney said was correct. It is hard to get people to vote one way when the alternative is getting hand-outs from the government. Lets require anyone receiving unemployment to spend 10-15 hours per week doing something to help their community. I bet many will find jobs.

    It is also interesting to look at the percentage of people who find jobs within 30 days of their benefits running out. I could not find a job for two years, and then - Whammo! - right after the benefits ended - I found one.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    It's like a self-fullfilling prophecy...

    So long as the GOP remains convinced that only the stupid and lazy are Democrats - they will keep loosing support.

    People need jobs, not hand-outs.

    The GOP offers neither.