Republicans Blame the Unemployed for Unemployment, and Block Needed Benefits

By Seth Freed Wessler Apr 12, 2010

It’s been a week since more than 200,000 people were booted off unemployment insurance, because the Senate failed to extend the program before taking a vacation. Senate leadership has promised to take up the issue today but Republicans are showing no signs they’ll budge on demands that the extension be funded without adding to the deficit. Some have even said that unemployment benefits are causing high unemployment, blaming the jobless for the jobs crisis. Last week, ColorLines went out on the street to hear from folks facing cutoffs. For the hundreds of thousands already without benefits, the lapse has been trying — and if the Senate delays passage of an extension, even more will lose benefits.