GOP Rep. Dean Heller claims extending unemployment benefits is creating ‘hobos.’

Oh those compassionate conservatives:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is trying to pass an extension of unemployment benefits, but is facing resistance from Republicans who are throwing up procedural hurdles and trying to use the extension as leverage to push through a tax cut for the wealthiest families in the country. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) today questioned the necessity of an extension on the grounds that “we intend to have some immediate impact on the economy through what we’re doing.” And discourse in the House isn’t any better, with Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) positing that extending unemployment benefits may be creating “hobos”:

Heller said the current economic downturn and policies may bring back the hobos of the Great Depression, people who wandered the country taking odd jobs. He said a study found that people who are out of work longer than two years have only a 50 percent chance of getting back into the workforce. “I believe there should be a federal safety net,” Heller said, but he questioned the wisdom of extending unemployment benefits yet again to a total of 24 months, which Congress is doing. “Is the government now creating hobos?” he asked.

(via J-Walk)


  1. It’s a little hard to wander around if you don’t have an address to receive your unemployment check. *Sigh* Okay I know I know that was obvious but I am snowed in here in New Jersey and I’m already pooped from shoveling half of my car.

  2. Makes sense to me. TWO YEARS of unemployment? That’s just too long. Rather than keep the checks rolling in for doing nothing these people need to get off the government teet and move to another area, take a pay cut, work multiple shitty jobs, basically whatever they need to do to pay their own way in life.

    A safety net is a good thing. This is going beyond that into training people to not work.

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