“At the end of last year, there were 5 million people receiving emergency UI [unemployment insurance]. This year, there are only 2 million. It’s working.
We’re all talking about a stimulus. How do we get the economy moving? This is the best stimulus there is.”
“This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it; a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last — education and training, research and development, our infrastructure — it is a prescription for decline.”
“The unemployment insurance extension is not only good for individuals. It has a macroeconomic impact. As Macroeconomic Advisers have stated, it would make a difference of 600,000 jobs to our economy.”
“Let me tell you, it’s not temporary when that 9-1-1 call comes in and a woman’s being raped. If a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape, it’s not temporary to that woman. It’s not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and has a gun being pointed to his head if a cop shows up and he’s not killed. That’s not temporary to that store owner. Give me a break — temporary.
I wish these guys who thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion what it’s like be on the other side of a gun or a 200-pound man standing over you telling you to submit. Folks, it matters. It matters.”
“Obviously, [the food stamp program]’s putting people to work…
[W]hen you talk about the SNAP program or the food stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus… It’s the most direct stimulus you can get into the economy during tough times.”
“It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance. The biggest bang for the buck.”
“[Giving unemployment benefits] injects demand into the economy.
…It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”
“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation.
“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”