Once in awhile I agree with Republicans and extending unemployment insurance benefits is one of those times. Here is the thing. Businesses pay part of that cost. Businesses, especially small businesses are already hard hit by this recession. Now the government wants to basically make unemployment benefits into welfare paid for by the businesses.
My feeling is businesses don't fire or lay someone off unless they must. That doesn't benefit them. Now the left wants them to permanently pay a monthly check to cover that person until who knows what date.
This is all based on sympathy and I am fine with sympathy. Help those out of work, who cannot find jobs, to figure out how to qualify for welfare benefits. Reduce the difficulty in getting welfare but permanently calling it unemployment is simply not fair-- nor is it smart! Unemployment was intended to be an emergency fund to tide someone over during a job search. It was not meant to last forever. Doing this unending extension will make a lot of businesses hesitant to even hire new employees knowing what might await them if they run into a hard spell.
I do feel sorry for people out of work but there is no reason we cannot allow them to qualify for welfare if that is the need during these hard times. Permanently putting part of the cost on business is simply not fair.