Anti-GOP ads: Not so ‘Merry Christmas’ for unemployed
December 26th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
7 months ago

Anti-GOP ads: Not so ‘Merry Christmas’ for unemployed

(CNN) - The liberal nonprofit group Americans United for Change is using a new TV ad to accuse Republicans of ruining Christmas for the 1.3 million Americans whose unemployment benefits are about to stop.

“To the 1.3 million Americans losing benefits, Merry Christmas, from the GOP,” the ad says. The spot will run Thursday and Friday on national cable TV networks, including CNN, the group said.

The unemployment payments are ending because Congress didn’t pass an extension on the recession-era program that offers benefits for people who still can’t find work even after their state aid runs out. The program expires Saturday.

“For Washington Republicans to Scrooge over a million Americans out of unemployment benefits three days after Christmas takes a lot of nerve and makes little economic sense,” Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, said in a statement.

“All out-of-work Americans and their families got for Christmas from the GOP were lectures about pulling up on their bootstraps a little harder.”

Another 850,000 workers will be missing the program in the first three months of 2014 when their state benefits run out.

A pair of Democratic lawmakers were adamant Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the benefits be extended for three months, and that a way be found to pay for them only afterwards.

"There's a sense that this is indeed a lifeline," said Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan.

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island also argued that eliminating the benefits will hurt the economy because without the payments, recipients will severely curtail their spending.

The Republican National Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    If anyone thinks that Republicans are going to agree to extending unemployment benefits, think again. They're not going to do it, and they're going to blame the Democrats for it to boot.

    December 26, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    But baggers like to see people suffer. It appears to be their favorite pastime.

    December 26, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. rs

    Monies that go to the poor and unemployed have the greatest stimulative effect for the economy in primary and secondary effects. In other words, such monies don't lay around in backs, they get spent, and the businesses where that money gets spent grow. The spending even produces revenue for the government.
    This is precisely what the GOP is dead-set against as they still believe that if the economy can be slowed down, or damaged (like during their shutdown in October), Americans will blame the President and the Democrats.
    This is just the GOP running their anti-American agenda. Nothing more, nothing less.

    December 26, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The Republican National Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
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    They didn't respond because they have no intention on helping the unemployed. The RNC looks at the unemployed as a bunch of leeches. Everyone knows that the money that goes to the unemployed gets pumped right back into the economy. Republicans will have a better argument to make if there were actually jobs for the unemployed. What's that thing you ran on in 2010 GOTP? JOBS!!! How come you haven't put forth a jobs bill?

    December 26, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. paulejb

    Does it never occur to these people that the solution to unemployment is a job not a handout?

    December 26, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. wms

    Is only right to extended I just pass the usps exam on Monday this is one more effort for me to trying to save my future and all my past hard work for the last 12 years my home and the well being of my sick wife and my 3 kid's I have fill out job applications one after another in all major hospitals as a medical interpreter with out any response as well is retail with 12 years experience 7 as a supervisor and my new fund career in the medical field and nothing is very stressful but im trying my best to keep searching for work!!!PLEASE RESTORE EUC BEFORE WE LOOSE ALL THANKS!!!!!

    December 26, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. yolanda

    Yup, it's all the Republicans' fault. And if you think differently, good old Rudy and his pals will quickly disabuse you of any such thoughts. Don't even suggest that both parties are to blame, because the Democrats have all the answers, plus they know what is best for all of us, especially when it comes to redistributing (someone else's) money.
    It would be refreshing if someone (from either side) ran a positive add for a change.

    December 26, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Donna

    This ad will provoke the viewers to ask themselves, why almost 5 years after the recession has ended, are there all these unemployed people that need these unemployment benefits. They will say, "I thought we spent trillions and had the summer of recovery in 2010?"

    The conclusion can only be... "So Obama and the Democrats have lied to us again and the recovery never happened, jobs didn't come back and we watsed trillions of dollars our kids will have to repay."

    Great ad Democrats! Keep pointing out how Obama has failed miserably on the economic front!!

    December 26, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    paulejb

    Does it never occur to these people that the solution to unemployment is a job not a handout?
    Paul,

    These people have been looking for a job. They are usually older in their 50's who are being overlooked for younger people. These people aren't sitting around wanting a handout.

    December 26, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Tim

    Democrats hate poor people, all they want to do is pay them and it's out of sight out of mind.

    December 26, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. just saying

    no way, no how. not before the pension benefits of those that served this country are restored. they earned those benefits and the democrats wanted them cut.

    December 26, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @wms
    Is only right to extended I just pass the usps exam on Monday this is one more effort for me to trying to save my future and all my past hard work for the last 12 years my home and the well being of my sick wife and my 3 kid's.....
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    Good luck with your job search. It is sad that GOP and TeaParty folks actually blame YOU for your hardship and call you a free-loader. I hope the GOP does the right thing and not the selfish thing this time around.

    December 26, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Yo! Landa – You sound bitter, did the fat socialist jolly elf not stop at your house and redistribute gifts? Most right wingnuts wouldn't know a positive ad because they are Fox or Koch sheep. You vision of America is not the same as most Americans.

    December 26, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. out of work IT

    ITs funny to im a leech when i search and dont get hired for entry level jobs with 10 years IT experience and im 30.

    December 26, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?

    December 26, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Donna – there are many conclusions that can be drawn, you just chose the one with the least thought. Weird isn't it?

    December 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @Tim: "Democrats hate poor people, all they want to do is pay them and it's out of sight out of mind."

    A truly laughable comment. Democrats are the ones who have throughout our nation's history enacted economic policies that LIFT the middle class and give people of modest means the opportunities to prosper and succeed.

    Repubs? Boom and bust, boom and bust, with the top 1% ALWAYS gaining the most.

    December 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    So, let me get this straight... If we taxed the koch brothers a couple of billion on their kajillions, we could help pay these people who can's get a job because of the billions the koch brothers have already spent to slow the economy by shutting down the government and paying their te abag ger lackeys in Congress to spend all their time passing go nowhere bills to end the ACA. Let's just tax them the billions they are already wasting...
    Just get rid of the tax breaks for all these uber wealthy people and get that money out of the Cayman Islands and back into our economy.
    What? Are they NOT going to create jobs?
    They are already NOT doing that.
    Time to go back to sensible economic policies which work... sure they will scream and holler and cry and say socialism and marxism and kick and scream and call names and lie... but they do that already.
    It's time....

    December 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. rs

    paulejb
    Does it never occur to these people that the solution to unemployment is a job not a handout?
    _____________________
    Of course it does. A job would be a far greater solution than ultimately having people lose their homes, their cars and winding up homeless or on welfare and food support.
    Jobs, however don't grow on trees, and despite 8 million being made since Bushcrash'08, more need to be created. I DO seem to recall Republicans taking about all those jobs they were going to make in '10 and again in '12…. I guess they just got too busy doing nothing in the house to pass any jobs bills.

    December 26, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @yolanda: "especially when it comes to redistributing (someone else's) money."

    Typical RWNJ comment, totally baseless. Our country has ALWAYS experienced the most sustained economic growth under Democratic administrations – for all income levels, not just the top 1%.

    December 26, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Rusty Krus

    @just saying
    no way, no how. not before the pension benefits of those that served this country are restored. they earned those benefits and the democrats wanted them cut.

    Once again you prove what a misinformed idiot you are. It the right wing that screws our veterans and middle class/poor.

    December 26, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. rs

    just saying
    no way, no how. not before the pension benefits of those that served this country are restored. they earned those benefits and the democrats wanted them cut.
    _______________
    Give it up JS, the Republicans want every worker's retirement benefits cut- federal, state, county or city workers just aren't good enough for a livable retirement- why should the military be any different? Look, if they really honored the military, the GOP wouldn't send them off to utterly useless wars like Iraq, they would actually take part in the military (not like draft-dodger Cheney, or MIA National Guardsman Bush). They would have funded vets and the VA when they had the chance. Finally- the GOP wouldn't have SHUTDOWN the government- remember? That's what kept the WWII vets out of the Capital Mall.

    December 26, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. rs

    Tim
    Democrats hate poor people, all they want to do is pay them and it's out of sight out of mind.
    _____________
    Confused much? The Republicans LOVE, love, love handouts and tax cuts when they are for their rich patrons. "Corporations are people too" they chirp. They just keep promising that if we all sacrifice so that the 1% can get a wee bit more money those lovely rich people will make a few more jobs. Buy that? I have bridge in Brooklyn I am looking to sell….

    December 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. MS

    RS, don't forget to point out that every time our economy goes to hell that Congress and the Senate has a democratic rule. Oh also don't forget about Clinton being in the service.

    December 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. rs

    It always strikes me as funny (in a sort of tragic way) that the GOP aligns itself as being "Christian" especially when it wants to make a policy choice- We have to keep Gays from being able to marry because well, those illiterate idiots from Duck Dynasty say so- it's in the Bible. There are three whole references in the Old Testament about homosexuality, not one in the NT. The Poor? The GOP cuts their benefits, takes away $ billions in food support from the poor at Christmas (!!!). They won't even consider a minimum wage increase, or equal pay legislation for women. I guess they missed the 300 references to helping the poor in the Bible.
    Oh well, the bigger Bible the bigger the scoundrel. We know what the GOP is.

    December 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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