GOP Sen. Rand Paul says UE benefits are “disservice” to unemployed

Unemployment benefits are running out for 1.3m unemployed Americans at the end of this month.

Republican Tea Party Senator Rand Paul thinks we’d be doing a “disservice” to the unemployed if we extended those benefits.

He’s just thoughtful that way.

Chris Wallace: Senator, let me ask you a direct question. Do you, personally, do you support extending unemployment benefits or would you let 1.3 million Americans lose those benefits before the end of the year?

Senator Rand Paul: 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.


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24 Responses to “GOP Sen. Rand Paul says UE benefits are “disservice” to unemployed”

  1. Discusted says:

    Rand Paul is an idiot. How could anyone vote for such an idiot.

  2. Paula Rehnlund says:


  3. The_Fixer says:

    No, eating is important to him. Other people eating, not so much.

  4. Paula Rehnlund says:

    Yes, I guess eating isn’t important to him..

  5. Paula Rehnlund says:

    i saw that too! I can bearly live off the “unemployment” amount I get. I am grateful, don’t get me wrong but I want to get back on my feet again so I can keep my home, take a trip and maybe buy some clothes! I get tired of getting all my clothes at the Salvation army!!

  6. fletcher says:

    The real lazy ones are the right-wingnuts like Rand Paul. They can never get off their ever expanding butts to see what is really happening. The unemployed do want jobs. I’ve seen more than a dozen news stories on TV (not Fox News) where there was only a rumor that a company was going to fill as few as three jobs and the TV helicopters showed more than 300 people outside at 8:00 a.m. waiting to apply for those nonexistent jobs.

  7. fletcher says:

    I’d rather have seen Cindy Lu Who biting his finger in response.

  8. Paula Rehnlund says:

    You are an idiot Mr. Paul….I heard that you think the unemployed are lazy!! I get up first thing every morning looking for work!! I have cried buckets and buckets because I see all my neighbors going to work and I can’t! I am trying to save my home after my husband died; So you see….all of us :unemployed” are not lazy asses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are unemployed some day to see how the rest of us feel!

  9. BeccaM says:

    It’s the wingnut logic that holds if a person is poor, sick, or down on his or her luck, they must’ve done something to deserve it.

    It’s the flip-side of plutocratic entitlement, where the wealthy and powerful assume they were ordained by God’s Holy Britches to have what they have — and not because they victimized hundreds or thousands, climbing heedlessly over shattered lives, to acquire their ill-gotten money and influence.

  10. Monoceros Forth says:

    Does he trumpet his superior, ultra-rational, Objectivist credentials any more, though? I thought he’d gone full-on God-botherer.

  11. Indigo says:

    He’s an odd one, that Rand Paul person.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    Of course Rand Paul thinks that. His entire political philosophy relies on the premise that anyone who can’t be an active corporate profit generator should be ground into fracking fluid.

  13. BeccaM says:

    Well, it’s all part of the plan to have the poor die off and reduce the surplus population.


  14. BeccaM says:

    Y’know, for a guy who claims to aspire to his namesake’s Randian philosophies and libertarian ideals, Rand Paul sure does spend a lot of time being paternalistic and deciding what’s best for others, doesn’t he?

  15. GranmaKnows says:

    Oh for the good Lord’s sake, shouldn’t this Kentucky boy be frying chicken instead? What a nonsense, his affirmation! How can a boy like this be in politics? Never mind, I know, I know…

  16. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’m touched by Rand Paul’s deep concern for those intangible qualities so little appreciated by those churlish, materialistic liberals who care nothing for the finer things, preoccupied as they are with pedestrian worries about such dull and primitive banalities as food and health. Any clodhopping plebe can think with his stomach. Paul, though, knows that what really matters is the nourishment not of the body but of the character and of the soul. What does nutrition matter if it comes at the price of dependence, that eighth and deadliest of sins?

  17. Bill_Perdue says:

    “I would love to know what logic he uses to arrive at that position.” The same logic Clinton used when he gutted welfare and the same logic Obama uses when he supports further cuts in Medicare and gutting Social Security. It’s the logic of those who prostitute themselves to the rich.

  18. Bill_Perdue says:

    Republican and Democrat politicians who oppose unemployment paid at high trade union wages or who oppose supplementing low wages until they’re equal to high trade union wages are hooligans prostituted to the rich.

    So are Democrats and Republicans who ignore massive underemployment and unemployment and who want to cut Social Security and Medicare. Speaking of working people, Democrats and Republicans are not our friends, they’re our enemies.

  19. nicho says:

    Logic. Bwahahahaha. That’s a good one. I like starting the day with a laugh. Conservatives use ideology, not logic.

  20. Lawerence Collins says:

    Chris Wallace… From Fraud News, right?! Of course he wouldn’t bother to ask the natural follow up questions of, how and why! Fraudulent News, Faux News… Tomato, Tomatoe.

  21. heimaey says:

    That grinch picture with Rand as the grinch is perfection.

  22. The_Fixer says:

    I would love to know what logic he uses to arrive at that position.

    Most normal people would say that it’s a good thing for people to have some kind of income, so that they can, you know, eat. And don’t forget, they spend that money and that might help our level of economic activity? Apparently, some people just don’t get those concepts.

    But Rand Paul lives in some kind of alternate universe where there are plenty of good-paying jobs to be had, and if only those lazy people would just go out and get them, we wouldn’t even need unemployment insurance.

    Oy vey! We got us a real gem here.

  23. Houndentenor says:

    In 2009 I was unemployed for six weeks. that means I collected four weeks of benefits (and there was some work during that time so I don’t think there was a single week in which I collected the maximum benefit). Even with that the unemployment benefit was about half what I had been making before and I realized quickly that I was going to have to make hard choices if this went on much longer. I couldn’t have survived for months on end on that amount of money. It would have taken 3 weeks of benefits just to pay my rent. The other week would have covered utilities. Oops I forgot about food! Fortunately I had some savings at the time but not nearly enough to live on for months and months like some people have to. And when I did find a job it was back where I had been working before only $2 an hour less because that’s how the companies that did their best to destroy the economy while lining their own pockets with taxpayer bailout money role.

  24. olandp says:

    It is such a disservice to allow people to eat. If the unemployed starved to death, they wouldn’t be unemployed any longer. Problem solved. Why is it so difficult for Liberals to understand logic?

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