GOP House candidate: Extending UI benefits is "European"
Okay, we have another Republican applying for membership in the "Let Them Eat Want Ads" Caucus.
GOPer Scott Bruun, a state representative in Oregon who's running to unseat Dem Rep. Kurt Schrader, told a local radio program that extending unemployment benefits beyond two years is "European," adding that an extension would bring "shame on our government" for "encouraging" joblessness.
Asked by KPAM radio host Victoria Taft whether he would have supported extending benefits, Bruun responded that he wouldn't have:
"When we're talking up over close to two years and longer with jobless benefits, I think we really start talking about a European style system and all the problems that that sort of system brings if you try to bring that sort of system to the United States."
A bit later, Bruun said that we have to adopt a new approach to those who have been receiving benefits for a long time:
"We need sort of a new game plan going forward, a new accountability. Shame on our government, if you will, if the government is in a position where we're encouraging people to stay out of the workplace longer."
This comes after Michele Rollins, a GOP Congressional candidate in Delaware, was caught on tape saying that if people get unemployment benefits extended, they "will continue to do nothing for a very long time."
This is not the official position of the GOP leadership, which argues that extending benefits is okay as long as the cost is offset and doesn't increase the deficit. Be that as it may, the "Let Them Eat Want Ads" Caucus is growing. In addition to these two new members, it includes Sharron Angle, Senators Richard Burr and Jon Kyl, and Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson.
Also: If there are any studies that show that employment suddenly increased among those whose benefits have been cut off, I haven't seen them.
July 29, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , House GOPers , Senate Republicans , economy
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