Not so much, according to Michelle Malkin. She’s got some great information that was fed to her by a House Ways & Means staffer, in light of the “economic stimulus” package that politicians are currently arguing about.
The Senate is arguing over whether or not to extend the normal 13 week unemployment benefits to add another 26 weeks of eligibility. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. It doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t improve unemployment figures. If anything, it just keeps people on their couches longer.
Here’s what the extension of similar benefits in the past got us:
- The extensions went on years longer than originally promised
- It cost taxpayers billions of dollars
- It didn’t reduce unemployment
Here are some snippets from the staffer: