Certain things make me bang my head against the wall. Politically, one of those things is the complete lack of real concern over the employment deficit by our political betters, especially by Democrats. Here’s the latest installment of stupidity (italics mine):
To fight the worst recession since the Great Depression, Congress started giving the unemployed additional weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits in July 2008 on top of the 26 weeks always provided by states. The benefits became more generous in 2009 to the point where in hardest-hit areas, the jobless are eligible for 73 weeks of extra benefits, for a total of 99 weeks in some states.
All 73 weeks of federally-funded benefits expire on Nov. 30 without a congressional reauthorization, which will face stiff opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats opposed to deficit spending, which is the traditional way of financing extended unemployment benefits during recessions.
Apparently, some members of Congress and their staffers fundamentally misunderstand the question before them. They think they’re being asked to hand out additional weeks of benefits to help the “99ers” — people who collected unemployment for nearly two years without finding work. (There are bills to give additional weeks to the 99ers, but those bills are pretty much dead in the water.)
Have you fucking morons learned nothing? Finding jobs for people, and helping those who can’t find a job should be your top priorities. I could understand an ordinary citizen being confused about this stuff, but this is your job. You have to know this stuff. How can they be so misinformed about something critical to so many?
Maybe they should lose their jobs…