Newt Gingrich is an asshat. A self-absorbed, merciless, greedy asshat. Not just because he left his wife when she was dying of cancer and was having an affair at the same time he was going after Bill Clinton for extra-marital blowjobs. No. He is an asshat because he has an attitude toward those who are struggling in today’s economy that is more suited to a story-tell villain; if people starve, that’s their tough shit.
According to Newt, people should not get unemployment benefits for 99 weeks because that’s just paying the lazy bastards for doing nothing. If they really wanted a job, it wouldn’t take 99 weeks, now would it?
Suck my metaphorical dick, Newt.
I have some good friends who had to rely on unemployment benefits, which are not exactly “lavish” I promise you, for nine months. A minimum wage job would not have paid for both rent and food for them and their two children, so the Dad continued to look for work in his field and drew unemployment, while the Mom worked at a Big Store for 35 hours a week. If Dad worked at the Big Store the unemployment would have been withheld, and they would have literally gotten to chose between being homeless or letting the kid’s go hungry and not paying the electric bill. The kids had state health insurance at the time, but my friends were left blowing in the wind and just prayed they could fight off any infections without antibiotics. They had to use “cash-advance” places to get groceries at times. They even rationed how often they took the kids to the library since the gas in the car was a precious commodity. It was so hard on them that I had let them know Sweet Babou and I would have made room for them in our little 3 bedroom ranch rather than let them go homeless.
Tell me Newt, do you think they enjoyed that? Thought it was a vacation? Spent that extra time off on their yacht? Think the Dad enjoyed the weeks of fruitless applications? Think the Mom and Dad enjoyed “doing nothing” when they needed to buy their kid’s Christmas gifts? Think they enjoyed selling jewelry the Mom had gotten from her grandmother for gas money? Think the Mom enjoyed selling her mother’s china when her children needed new shoes? Do you honestly think they were using unemployment benefits because it was easy and fun?
And what does that psychopath know about tough economic times? Newt Gingrich has a net worth of $20 million. Anyone think his ass would have to draw unemployment even if he was kicked out of his cushy lobbyist job?
I’m going to need a double shot of amaretto in my moo-juice, y’all.