Unemployed Rising tries to be as non-partisan as possible, as there are just as many unemployed republicans as democrats. However, during the GOP candidate debate of 9/22/2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked what he would do about unemployment insurance, particularly in regard to those unemployed workers who had exhausted their 99 weeks of benefits.
"It is fundamentally wrong to give people money for 99 weeks for doing nothing," he said.
Most studies of unemployment insurance have showed that lethargy is not a side effect of providing help to the unemployed. The money that is being distributed simply doesn't cover the salary lost from not having a job.
The more cynical minded would argue that Gingrich's condemnation of
welfare insurance resembles the type of class warfare that Republicans
are often deriding... only in reverse."
The preceding was from Sam Stein of the Huffington Post. To both we say "Thanks!"