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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

President Obama, Meet Lucy

In a stunning acknowledgment of his administration's failure, President Obama on Tuesday gave (yet another) speech in a push to further extend long-term unemployment benefits. Nearly five years into his administration, and as Brit Hume notes, about five years after emergency unemployment compensation was first extended to 99 weeks, and about four-and-a-half years into an economic recovery that the president and Democrats keep telling us is getting better all the time, Obama is again telling us that extending long-term unemployment benefits is an emergency.

Never mind that his policies and those of his party continue to contribute to the high unemployment and weak economy that have plagued the U.S. since his election, President Obama shamelessly continues to preach to the low-information crowd about how throwing billions more dollars into what is little more than another entitlement is good for America.

As noted, for five years now long-term unemployment benefits have been at 99 weeks. As Charles Krauthammer points out, what we now have is chronic unemployment subsidized. “And the fact is, if you subsidize apples, you get more apples; if you subsidize unemployment, you get more of it.” What's more, those getting their government subsidy tend to vote for those handing it out. In an election year that is already looking daunting for Democrats, you can be sure that liberals will milk this issue for all that it will give them.

Thus, in what was surely political pandering, in his speech Tuesday Obama declared, “I can't name a time where I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job. (Applause.)”

In an effort to enlighten the leader of the free world, President Obama, meet Lucy from Texas:

Copyright 2014, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

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