Appearing with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that he was opposed to extending unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks. He justified his stance by saying that it does a disservice to the unemployed, particularly black Americans since the unemployment rate in black communities is much higher.
He went on to say, “When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. And while it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you’re trying to help.”
He seems to be oblivious to the fact that for every job that becomes available there are still 3-4 applicants. Paul’s claim that businesses say that they are more inclined to hire the man who has been out of work for a few weeks than the one who has been out of work for several months it is not a justification. It is merely more evidence that businesses are contributing to the problem of long-term unemployment by using the fact that the worker has been out of work for too long as a justification to not hire him.
Of course this is no surprise coming from the man who thinks that the government should do nothing for the people. He has no such reservations about the government doing things to benefit his corporate benefactors who have created the problem of long-term unemployment.
It also brings us back to the topic of those sweeping changes that the GOP was going to make to reach out to minorities, they gave lip service to that goal after the last election and Mitt Romney’s dismal showing with minority voters, but since then it has been more of the same dismissive rhetoric such as this.
Like the rest of the party, Senator Paul just does not get it, he is completely out of touch with the people.
Watch his remarks below.