Give The Devil His Due: Dems Were Brilliant To Temporarily Extend Jobless Benefits

As the Obamacare implosion continues, liberals are desperate to find something else to get voter attention and for which they can blame Republicans. Cue Huffington Post:

An overwhelming majority of voters are opposed to cutting off extended jobless benefits for the unemployed, a poll revealed on Monday.

The left-leaning Public Policy Polling surveyed voters in four key congressional districts, as well as House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) district, to gauge support for extending unemployment benefits. The poll, funded by the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change, showed that voters across party lines were overwhelmingly in favor of extending the benefits, with 63 to 68 percent of voters in each district expressing support for preserving jobless benefits.

Voters in the four districts surveyed said they were less likely to vote for the Republican incumbent in 2014 — by at least a 9-point margin — were he to vote to cut off extended unemployment benefits.

Though jobless benefits are set to expire on Dec. 28 for 1.3 million longterm unemployed Americans, members of the House and Senate have returned home for the holidays without a solution to preserve those benefits. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said it was an “immorality” that the benefits weren’t secured in a recent budget deal, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to bring the extension to a vote no later than Jan. 7, 2014.

Moderate Republicans urged Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to rescue jobless benefits for the longterm unemployed earlier in December, saying the issue was “important to many American families.” But Boehner would only consider the proposal if cuts were made elsewhere and job growth guaranteed, and the measure ultimately did not make it into Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget deal.

First of all, since these benefit weren’t included in the budget deal, then adding them now will just make a bad budget worse. We’re supposed to believe that borrowing more money is better for the economy than not borrowing. I’m doubtful.

Liberals pretend that these jobless benefits are humanitarian. Whether or not they do more good than harm, they are not a representation of government “compassion.” They are more like a suicide net that is erected around a Chinese factory to prevent fatalities among work-slaves. We live in under a regime in which the wealthiest degrade the economy in order to put massive amounts of money in their own pockets. They then pass on miniscule bribes to the rest of us to keep us content.

Or to keep us from overthrowing them.

The HuffPo spins this as a case of Republicans voting to “cut” benefits. But that’s not the case. The benefits are set to expire automatically. The question is whether or not Republicans will vote to extend them. You have to hand it to the Democrats: voting for a “temporary” extension of jobless benefits was a well-placed landmine for the GOP.

But how must the GOP handle this? I’m divided on the issue. On the one hand, part of me hopes that, if the benefits are not renewed, that we see a sudden surge in job hunting and the unemployment numbers get better. That may not be possible but we don’t know until we try. If it works, then the issue will be moot by the time we reach election day in 2014.

But maybe the economy is too far gone and people will still not be able to find work.

Frankly, I don’t really think a party that has just voted for a bill to increase military spending (except for the odious cuts taken from military pensions) and give more money to the Federal Government is going to look all that principled by refusing to give money to unemployed households.  I don’t think Tea Party cred should depend on favoring such a refusal to give that money away. We should be dealing with the jobless in this economy after we get rid of the ponzi scheme of middle class entitlements. Leaving those in place and taking away the relatively small amount we give to the unemployed just seems mean.

Those aren’t Tea Party priorities.