Rand Paul: Extending Unemployment Benefits Would Be A "Disservice"


WALLACE: Senator, let me ask you a direct question. Do you personally, do you support extending unemployment benefits, or would you let 1.3 million Americans lose those benefits before the end of the year?

PAUL: I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers.

There was a study that came out a few months ago, and it said, if you have a worker that's been unemployed for four weeks and on unemployment insurance and one that's on 99 weeks, which would you hire? Every employer, nearly 100 percent, said they will always hire the person who's been out of work four weeks.

When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. And it really -- while it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you're trying to help.

You know, I don't doubt the president's motives. But black unemployment in America is double white unemployment. And it hasn't budged under this president.

WALLACE: But, Senator --

PAUL: I think a lot of African-Americans voted for him, but I don't think it's worked. I don't think his policies have worked.

WALLACE: But, Senator, how do you persuade the African-American voter in the inner city, you're not going to spend more government money, you're going to vote to let the -- the unemployment benefits lapse, how do you persuade that black voter, this is good for them? This is the right policy?

PAUL: My economic stimulus plan for Detroit would leave over a billion dollars in Detroit's economy and would stimulate Detroit. There is no other plan on the table. And there's not going to be some grand bail out that's going to go through Congress. Other than my plan, if my plan would pass, I think it's the only one that politically could pass.

Over a billion dollars would be left in Detroit. I'm also talking about restoring voting rights. I'm talking about school choice. I think there's a lot to offer in the Republican message that hasn't been offered in the past. And I think there's only upside potential for voters in Detroit or all the big cities for Republicans.

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