While vacationing in Hawaii, Obama railed against Republicans for going on vacation without extending unemployment insurance benefits.
In his weekly address Saturday, Obama demanded that Republicans extend unemployment insurance, the same insurance extension that was ended as part of the Murray-Ryan budget deal voted on by Congress and signed by him.
He condemned the Republicans for going on vacation when he is trying to break a deal he agreed to. “Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.”
Obama is in Hawaii vacationing while he is saying this mind you.
Obama seen here vacationing in Kaneohe Hawaii. He is in a golf cart with the New Zealand PM.
This is the same president who went on a fundraising trip to Vegas while Americans were facing death in Benghazi.
The Democrats have gone back on their budget deal and have been pressuring Republicans since the day the deal was signed. Republicans should have known this was coming.
Early in December, Nancy Pelosi bizarrely said, “Economists agree that unemployment benefits remain one of the best ways to grow the economy in a very immediate way.” She said unemployment insurance “creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”
I know, let’s put everyone out of work and really give a boost to the economy!
If what she said were true, we wouldn’t have 11 million unemployed, 11 million on disability, and 90 million out of the work force altogether.
Obama and his congressional thugs think paying people to not work is a job stimulus. They believe that taking from one group of people and redistributing it to another somehow creates money and increases overall spending. While the group with money might spend more, the group who forfeited their money will spend less.
The Democrat logic on unemployment is the same logic this administration used when selling Obamacare as something that would provide insurance to everyone and save money.
In his speech, Obama predictably turned the unemployment insurance deal, a deal he agreed to, into an attack on Republicans:
“We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job,” he said.
“What’s more, it actually slows down the economy for all of us. If folks can’t pay their bills or buy the basics, like food and clothes, local businesses take a hit and hire fewer workers. That’s why the independent Congressional Budget Office says that unless Congress restores this insurance, we’ll feel a drag on our economic growth this year. And after our businesses created more than 2 million new jobs last year, that’s a self-inflicted wound we don’t need,” Obama said.
It’s a self-inflicted wound he signed on to and inflicted on himself.
One thing is certain, we won’t hear Obama railing against the loss in pay to our military that was also part of the budget deal. That won’t cause him to lose any sleep.