Gregg: Cut off extended unemployment NOW

Judd Gregg on CNBC:  

Q: Senator Gregg, is there a point, you think, when the government has to sort of end these ever-continuing claims?

Gregg: Yeah, right now. This week, however, we’re going to extend it again. And this has become counterproductive. We’re basically undermining the cyclical event. Because you’re out of the recession, you’re starting to see growth and you’re clearly going to dampen the capacity of that growth if you basically keep an economy that encourages people to, rather than go out and look for work, to stay on unemployment. Yes, it’s important to do that up to a certain level, but at some point you’ve got to acknowledge that we’re not Europe.

We’re enabling all those lazy people who don’t want to bother to find jobs.  Right.  There are no words.

There was disagreement, of sort:

…Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s, was fortunately on with Gregg, and rebuked the senator. “The senator is right except that, in this environment, the job market is so bad, I think it’s still premature to give up on those emergency benefits,” Zandi said. “I mean, just a statistic, for every one job opening there’s five people that are looking for work. That is incredibly unusual, so therefore its premature to give up on those emergency benefits.”

Gregg wants to let the so-called “business cycle” work its way around.  As long as he and his buddies are insulted from its effects.  I truly hate these people.


7 Responses to Gregg: Cut off extended unemployment NOW

  1. Mike Hoefer May 25, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    I may have to see if I can get a count downtimer.. Days till powerball Gregg is out of office.

    • bloomingpol May 25, 2010 at 3:23 am #

      make me feel a little bit better.  

    • Tim C. May 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

      to be a millionaire and play powerball?

      You’ve already hit the money jackpot in life, asshole.  Give someone else a chance.  Say, someone without “assets between $2,697,000 and $9,430,000” or annual income “between $278,000 and $1.2 million.”

      Oh, and did I mention asshole?:

      Gregg didn’t let that good fortune keep him from putting in a full day’s work yesterday. For instance, he found time to vote against a bill that would have helped poor families pay their home heating costs this winter. (Gregg was the only New England senator to vote against the proposal.)

      A day earlier, Gregg voted against raising the minimum wage by $1.10, to $6.25 an hour. That wage hasn’t increased since 1997.

      Gregg wasted no time claiming his share of the Powerball prize, picking up his oversized check from the lottery commission and depositing it in his bank account.

      Gregg was vague about how he and his wife Kathy would spend their winnings. “Obviously, we have taxes,” he noted.

      Asked if he’d send any money to hurricane relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, Gregg said, “Well, I’ve already contributed, Kathy and I, to the Katrina flood fund. I’m sure we’ll also be contributing to many other worthy causes, especially in New Hampshire.”

      What other worthy causes?

      “I’ll put a fair amount into the family foundation,” Gregg said, referring to the charity named after his father and former New Hampshire governor, Hugh Gregg.

      Gregg also invested part of his winnings in lottery tickets for each of his Senate staffers.

  2. susanthe May 25, 2010 at 3:26 am #

    is a lousy human being. When I think about all of the wretched things he’s done and said in his life – there really isn’t any excuse for him being what he is.

    When he dies, I hope people will begin a tradition of eating cake at his grave.  

    • Timmy J May 25, 2010 at 8:59 am #

      we can excommunicate him from NH?  Or at least put him under house arrest – he’s committed enough crimes against the citizens of this state for one lifetime.

  3. hannah May 25, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    deprivation on other people.  Rather, he strikes me as one of those people who feels validated and energized by other people’s distress.  When people proclaim, “there, but for the grace of God, go I,” they’re laying claim to their own special status as one of God’s chosen and elect.  
    That’s how come Blankfein of Goldman Sachs can assert that they’re doing God’s work.

  4. tchair May 26, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    I am with out words—-well not really—just no words I can print—————-nope–can’t do it—–ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!. There—I feel better.

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