Earlier today, Senate Republicans filibustered an attempt to extend unemployment insurance benefits to 1.7 Million Americans.
“It was what needed to be done,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “We can’t have a bunch of people who aren’t working getting paid. Here in the Senate, we’re paid while not doing anything too, and there’s just not enough money to go around for everyone.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Free Wood Post, “It’s a hard truth, but where is the incentive for people to work if we keep giving them money for not doing anything?” When we reminded Sen. Cruz that the current Congress has been the least productive ever and maybe we should stop paying them as an incentive to get to work he replied, “Let’s not get crazy. It’s okay for us not to work. Us not working is the people’s work. We’re paid to make sure government involvement is at it’s absolute lowest, and that includes us doing absolutely nothing whatsoever.”
When Free Wood Post asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) what he thought about unemployment insurance he said, “I’m sorry, I’m on the phone,” and as we waited nearly two hours we came to the conclusion that Sen. McCain had likely laid down to take a nap on the taxpayers dime, because absolutely no work was being done.
Apparently, Republicans believe they are the only ones who should be paid for not working.