Jobless benefits were extended by 99 weeks last week, but Congressman Joe Wilson says he’s concerned about how they will be paid for. Wilson says the Democrat’s call it emergency spending and approved the help, but that raises a red flag for him.
They said just borrow another $34 billion and just add that to the debt. Actually, the extension of unemployment is an admission of the failure of the spending stimulus program of this administration. We should be working together, Democrats, Republicans, to do what John F. Kennedy did, what Ronald Reagan did: cut taxes, that’s what grows jobs, not just more spending.
Wilson says Republicans were not against the unemployment benefits, just how they would be paid for.
There’s always the concern the longer we extend unemployment, we’re promoting unemployment. But, there are people, legitimately, who need our assistance, so that’s why I would savor extension of unemployment because of the record unemployment that we have. But, we should use the money that’s already at hand. There’s stimulus money that has not been spent.
Instead of the extension of unemployment benefits, Wilson says they could start by focusing on growing small businesses, which would create more jobs.