Y’all made your bed:
Tempers flared at an unemployment office in Louisville, Ky. as the end nears for federally-funded extended jobless benefits.
Local CBS affiliate WLKY captured a bit of the scene on Monday — amid some commotion, a man can be heard saying in a raised voice, “What did you just say to me?”
WLKY reported that “at least two people were escorted out” of the office. With the threat of benefits expiring for 100,000 Kentuckians, WLKY reported, “tempers are flaring.”
It’s the type of scene that contributed to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s decision to add armed guards to each of its 36 field offices where workers can file unemployment claims (previously only some of the offices had armed security).
Kentucky just voted Rand Paul into office for six years with 56% of the vote. Here are Rand Paul’s thoughts on unemployment benefits:
Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has a blunt message for the millions of Americans who remain unemployed in the long-term: “Accept a wage that’s less than [you] had at [your] previous job” and “get back to work.”
According to Paul, the issue is “bigger than unemployment benefits” and the Tea Party-backed Senate hopeful made his position on the matter clear in an interview with talk radio host Sue Wylie on WVLK-AM last week.
“As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that’s less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again,” Paul explained. “Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen.”
Paul’s advice for the increasing proportion of the long-term unemployed came in response to a question from Wylie on Republicans successfully blocking a measure that would have extended $120 billion in unemployment benefits to jobless Americans in the Senate last week.
Obviously I feel sorry for the people of Kentucky, but it is kind of hard when they continue to vote against their own interests. If unemployment benefits do get extended, it will only be after the GOP secures tax cuts for millionaires. Maybe the people of Kentucky ought to get a damned clue.
Wait until they find out what Rand thinks about their social security checks and tells them they can’t have free scooters from Medicare anymore (although he’ll still keep accepting their medicaid payments for visiting his office). Knowing these folks, they’ll probably pitch a fit and then give him 64% of the vote, because, you know, Charlie Rangel.