Union Worries that Failure to Pass Unemployment Extension Means Lost 'Stimulus' $

-By Warner Todd Huston

If this isn’t the most perverse example of “reasoning” you’ve ever seen, then you haven’t seen any, yet. It seems the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is worried that the failure to pass an extension for unemployment insurance will deprive Illinois of “stimulus” money.

So, here is the perverse part… unemployment is for the unemployed, right? “Stimulus” is for economic growth (or at the very least economic water treading), right? So if we throw “stimulus” into the coffers of unemployment insurance, aren’t we “stimulating” unemployment and NOT stimulating economic activity?

Does this even make sense?

Of course it doesn’t but the SEIU is pushing the idea anyway on its “Illinois Progress” website. The SEIU-backed website is scolding Congress for not passing an extension for unemployment insurance because it will cause lost “stimulus” cash.

It all seems pretty backwards, doesn’t it?

Of course, we all know that there hasn’t been any “stimulus” of the economy regardless of the billions that Obama has thrown at the issue. Little of this money has gone to stimulate anything but the wallets of his buddies, his union supporters, and federal, state and local governments. No regular folks have gotten much of anything from the so-called stimulus.

As the good folks over at the Prairie Stater said, “Providing a safety net through unemployment insurance is one thing — but ignoring real job-creation policies in favor of scoring political points is certainly not.” And I couldn’t agree more.


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  • So....if I'm unemployed and getting unemployment, I'm paying my bills and my mortgage. But no the unemployment has run out....I can't pay my mortgage or my bills. I guess I won't be able to help the economy and my house will go into foreclose!! Just an FYI....I

  • In reply to Artemis:

    I say I'm in the same boat as you on the job front. But I also say that the so-called stimulus $$ should not be going to unemployment. It should be going to business to hire people at the very least!

  • In reply to Artemis:

    I really dont understand it either..iam in Pa and my husband was laid off last year he got unemployment for a year and got the 2nd extension and now they are trying to say he did something wrong and stopped his checks...can they just do that wat am i supposed to tell my mortgage company i work full time but just my income wouldnt cover the mortgage let alone food me, my 2 year old daughter and my husband...WHERE DO WE GET HELP!!

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