Mitch McConnell Laughs at the Unemployed When Asked Not to Extend Unemployment Benefits

McConnellSometimes in life, until you’ve actually been through something, you have no idea what it’s like to really deal with a particular situation.  Being poor is one of those things.  Until you’ve lived a life where you literally didn’t know if you might be homeless soon, able to pay your electricity bill or even have food to eat — you really can’t comprehend what it’s like.

It’s why when people judge the poor — especially those who’ve never been poor — I just can’t take their opinions seriously.  I grew up dirt poor.  I know what it’s like to struggle.  I know that being poor often makes it harder to dig yourself out of a hole even if you desperately want to.  That’s what people don’t get about unemployment benefits, and programs that help the poor in general.  Most of the people who rely on these programs really don’t want to.  Most Americans, the vast majority of them in fact, just want a job that pays them enough to provide for their family.  That’s it.

Most of us don’t strive to be rich.  We don’t have dreams of private jets or multimillion dollar yachts.  A decent house, money for our children’s eduction and the ability to retire with dignity to enjoy the latter part of our lives is about all most of us want.

But even these humble hopes are something tens of millions of Americans will never attain.  Even as badly as they might want to, unfortunately they’ll just never get there.

So when I listened to a radio interview where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talked about how extending unemployment benefits was something he opposed, I was slightly disgusted.  Not shocked — after all he is a Republican — just fairly repulsed.

Then when the radio host was closing out and with a chuckle implored McConnell to please not extend long-term unemployment benefits — and McConnell emphatically laughed right along with him — I became enraged.

These are people’s lives these jackals are playing around with.  This isn’t some political game.  Millions of Americans need these benefits to provide for their families.  Millions of children face an uncertain future if these benefits stop coming in.

You want to call yourself the “pro-life” party while taking away the little that millions of Americans are getting, putting children at risk in the process?  That’s an absolute joke.

And don’t give me this, “Well, McConnell said he’ll support an extension if they agree to delay the ‘Obamacare’ mandate for one year” nonsense.  They’re not going to delay the mandate — get over it already. 

As a politician, you either care about the livelihood of Americans or you don’t.  Extending benefits for millions of Americans who desperately need them shouldn’t be a matter of, “What are you going to do for me?”  You either support the extension by simply extending the benefits, or you don’t.

But it’s clear Republicans only care about continuing to help millions of Americans if they can get something out of it.  Mitch McConnell is basically saying, “I’ll extend these unemployment benefits if you give into something my party has been trying to blackmail the Obama administration with for years.”

That’s all they’re doing is willfully playing games with the lives of millions of Americans.  And that’s absolutely pathetic.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • The Green Devilish One

    They’re sociopaths. They lack empathy. You’re right. To them, poor people are funny and obviouslg lazy leeches who just want a hand-out.

    McConnell and the teatards want the program paid for with cuts? Great. We start with the $2 billion dam project in Kentucky and then go after oil compang subsidies. Surely Exxon can pull itself up by its bootstraps.

    • 1EdMeadows83

      I agree but I don’t approve of calling Republicans names like Teatards. That’s exactly what they’re doing with their constant use of the word, “Libtards’.

      • 1EdMeadows83

        I’m speaking of made up words. Calling them assholes is proper.

      • jdh

        LOL! Now THAT was refreshing 🙂

  • Tracy Rowe

    i am one of those unemployed affected by this political game. Right now I have no money, can’t buy food or pay my rent or utilities. It disgusts me that the men we elected in good faith to represent us treat us with such disrespect. McConnell, after the extension was voted down, actually accused the Democrats of being obstructionists. What? How do they lie so blatently and get away with it? And how do we rid ourselves of these parasites when their constituents, voting against their own best interests, keep reelecting them? The bill is up for review. After having a two week Christmas break, they come back and accomplish…nothing, and go on another week long break?? And now we wait and we pray that maybe a miracle will happen and we may find a job or some help or something to get us through while these bastards go on blithely with their lives, totally unconcerned with the welfare of millions who are just trying to have a decent life. It’s unconscionable and infuriating.

    • Ian Davis

      I absolutely agree with you, and I hope things get better for everyone soon – I am fortunate to earn a good salary but this “I’m alright, Jack” attitude disgusts me. I want everyone to have a decent wage, every kid to get 3 good meals a day and a decent education – it is good for all of us.. But any second now, expect some GOP troll to come on here and demand to know why, if you are broke, you can afford to use the internet.

      • Because you walk or ride your bicycle down to the library?
        (Not the GOP troll, but that’s a possible snappy reply.)

      • Tracy Rowe

        That and my cell (which I will probably have to cancel at the end of the month) has internet. Of course the troll would point out that I can’t be poor because I have a cell. Because who needs a phone when you’re trying to find a job? (I don’t have a landline)

      • jdh

        I hope you don’t have a car, because you’re not supposed to have one of those either if you’re poor. 😉

      • Tracy Rowe

        I actually don’t have a car, which is probably why I’m poor. Makes it a bit more difficult to find a job. I do have a refrigerator and a stove. Oddly my landlord includes them in all the apartments (snark).

      • CoolD

        What those narrow minded trolls fail to realize is that there are millions of folks currently on unemployment who have worked for 20,30 and 40 years who have been
        abruptly separated from their job due to downsizing, Gov’t Sequestration cuts,outsourcing,etc.We didn’t buy our cell phones,vehicles, homes etc. using Unemployment. However they are essential tools in finding and obtaining employment.I was laid off in June at the age of 50 after having worked since the age of 15!I have been fortunate in that I have been steadily employed for all those years.I worked in I.T. for the FAA supporting the Nation’s Air Traffic Control system.Sequestration cuts caused the elimination of my position along with numerous others.While it was a tough blow, I did not sit around expecting a handout. I immediately began seeking work and also took advantage of a NJ State training program to gain additional In-Demand skills.The problem is that 6 months is usually not enough time to go through the required prerequisite training sessions,testing,school search/selection process,processing of applications and finally upon receiving approvals, enrollment at many training facilities is not revolving, i.e. you may have to wait months for he next classes to begin.I was fortunate in that although my local community college did not have Cisco CCNA training available until the following year, a college in a neighboring town and county about an hour away did so I enrolled and completed the course.But my point is that the Republican “Leaders” complain that EUC should contain training components to help people obtain employment. The fact is they already do. They also require recipients to maintain and document job search activities.For them to assert that 6 months is ample to find and complete training and obtain a new job in the current economic climate is absurd, unrealistic, unreasonable and downright cruel.

      • Charles Vincent

        With your qualifications you should be able to get an IT job in the private sector.

      • CoolD

        I just got a job yesterday!It took me 6 1/2 months though. Many businesses were reluctant to hire because of economic uncertainty. Things are looking up, but the process is slow. People often need more than 6 months to find a new job, much less only having 6 months to go through job training and finding a new job. I truly hope that the out of touch “leaders” in Washington realize that 99% of Americans would rather have a job than have to depend on an Unemployment check which only covers bare essentials. The job search requirements they mention as well as educational components they have used as excuses for not extending EUC are already in place! That alone proves that they are looking for reasons not to approve it rather than reasons to approve it.

      • Charles Vincent

        Personally I think Government need to be Hands off the job market their intervention has done more harm than good.
        This video explains why the free market is messed up by government and government subsidies to big corporations and banks;
        http://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=64eI831eKY8

        This isnt a democrats v republican issue to me its both parties screwing shit up. Glad you found a job.

    • Sam

      Good luck, Tracy Rowe. I hope they extend benefits, and I hope you find a job soon. I agree with everything you said above.

    • jdh

      I read an article just recently that the GOP’s myth of an “Entitlement Culture” is starting to come unraveled. Support from those who they’ve been able to convince to vote against their own best interests for years is starting to wane. I genuinely hope this is true. Differences in ideology are one thing. Playing with peoples’ lives using outright, unverifiable fabrication (for 30+ years) is another…

      • Keith

        You mean like the “trickle down theory”. LOL! Yeah that was a fabricated lie that everyone fell for. It’s about time Americans started “getting it”. Where did you see this article? I would love to show it to some of my relatives, and I am not joking.

      • jdh

        I think the moderator deleted my reply (I don’t know WHY? Because I posted a legitimate link?). Look for it on Robert Reich’s blog, the article is called “Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy — Setting Working Class Against the Poor — Is Backfiring”. It’s from January 9, 2014. It’s also reprinted on Bill Moyer’s website. Maybe you’ll get this without any links 😉

  • patsijean

    Extortion is illegal.

  • And Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell’s Democratic opponent, promptly turned this into a campaign ad. You go. I need to donate to her campaign.

    • Brian

      Not my district but put a few bucks in for me too.

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Harm-Joy: Schadenfreude is the name of the game for Conservative/Republicans. The more harm it’s inflicted on the poor, disabled and senior citizens during the Obama Administration, the better the platform for future elections for them. So they think. During the GOP Government shutdown(in which the State of Kentucky was the biggest beneficiary), their moribund popularity was put on life support. Did they learn their lesson? Absolutely not. The GOP-TEA continue to implode in front of their eyes. Incredibly stupid, I may add.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      the best part???? FOX “news” has the gumption to say that the tea party is gonna capture MORE seats in house and take over the senate in 2014
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ahhhhh: delusions!

  • Denny W Powers

    Ditch Mitch

  • Geoff

    Worst part is these assholes have true believers who will keep puting them in office because they are either too dumb to vote sensibly or are biggots who will do anything and everything to screw the black guy in charge. It’s all a bunch of crap. But if they ever need anything they will be the first to cry foul. Hippocrates!

    • 1EdMeadows83

      Geoff you are correct but the word you used is not correct. Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician. (The Hippocratic oath?) Hypocrites is the name for these cretins.

  • Brandis5

    His phone number 202-224-2541

    Call the rat bast**d, out for what he is.

  • Edward Krebbs

    McConnell laughs at the unemployed. Sounds like the evil is starting to feel so invincible that it is showing its true form.

  • Brian

    Yeah, it pretty much amounts to “You can eat, or you can have healthcare, but I’m too petty to let you have both!” When people start starving, that’s when America becomes a third world.

    • Rick Hitchings

      America has been in third world status all over the world for quite a few years now.