Democrats love playing Santa Claus, even when that means using the taxpayer credit card. So it’s no surprise that they want to extend unemployment benefits to the tune of $6.5 billion without any way of paying for it.
Interrupting their vacation on Thursday, two Democrats — Sen. Jack Reed of R.I. and Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan — demanded that Republicans go along with a three-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits without immediately paying for them. The cost of a three-month extension is around $6.5 billion.
Losing jobless benefits is like being hit by an “economic hurricane,” said Rep. Levin, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.
“And so that’s the reason why, in the past — much more often than not — there has not been a pay-for. They haven’t been offset. And I think what we hope to do both in the Senate and the House is to pass this three-month provision on a bipartisan basis — not offset, and then we can sit down and talk further about where we go from here.” (Read More)
They think this is going to be a winning issue in 2014. They wrecked the economy and now they plan to trot out the victims of their policies to share sob stories in the hopes of garnering more votes.
Something tells me the Democrats won’t be talking about how when North Carolina cut off extended unemployment benefits the unemployed actually went out and found jobs. That doesn’t fit the narrative.
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