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Is Unemployment Compensation the New Welfare…It is According to Newt Gingrich

Former Congressman Newt Gingrich seemingly equates welfare with unemployment compensation. He believes people become satisfied with unemployment checks and only go through the motions of actually looking for a job. In an email to supporters Gingrich cited a Wall Street journal article and said this “For instance, the extension of unemployment benefits has given people a perverse incentive to stay on unemployment rather than accept a job. The part-owner of a machine parts company, Mechanical Devices, is looking for as many as 40 new engineers, but is quoted in the article as saying many applicants at job fairs were “just going through the motions so they could collect their unemployment checks.” The article also quotes an engineer who admits he turned down more than a dozen offers because the salary would have been less than he made on welfare.” So the 9.5% of Americans on unemployment are living the good life? Please give me a break. The conservatives constantly accuse the president of being elitist but this kind of thinking is the very definition of elitism. Gingrich who has a Congressional pension and healthcare for life is in no position to take potshots at the unemployed. Sadly, they are still the ones stuck paying his pension.