Yesterday I heard him say, to paraphrase, “I never met a person who would rather take unemployment over the pride of earning it with a job…” Well, I have come across more than a few who were in employment that had job offers, but, wisely from their standpoint, would not take them for they would lose money if they did. I cannot speak to everyone on long term employment, but I know that there are jobs that are looking for workers that would rather take unemployment of welfare then take them.
I have been the recipient of unemployment insurance two times in my life, the first time when I was discharged from the Marines, the second when a company I was working for downsized and laid me, along with a lot others, off. MY benefit expert that time before I was able to find a new job, and there was no talk of an extension. Then I was fired for having been convicted of a DWI and could not draw unemployment as the state considered that being fired for cause (long story), and I had to make do as best I could until I found my next job.
I tell you all of this to show that I am not without empathy for those who are out of work, but nevertheless I do not think that the taxpayers owe them an extension. There are other sources of help than the government, i.e., the taxpayer, such as families, friends, churches, etc., oh but I forgot, the government has been hard at work for the last century to take these roles away from the people and make you dependent upon government whenever you need help.