Idaho House members, put down the Kool-Aid! I am one of those people collecting extended benefits. Not welfare, unemployment insurance.
Unemployed since June of 2009, I went back to school and have been searching for work all the while. I have no health care, I do not take welfare or food stamps, and I get minimal child support while I have full custodial and financial responsibility for my child. Nobody is “giving me money” as Dick Harwood said, I am not a “horse at a trough,” refusing to work as Marv Hagedorn stated, and Rep. Shannon McMillan sees extended benefits as a “diseased limb” that needs cut.
These representatives need to drop the snarky metaphors and remember we are their constituents, human beings with real problems. I would give anything to work for a living wage. Without extended unemployment benefits, I shudder to think of where we might be. Shame on those who voted to make a “merciful cut.”
Who do you think you are? I haven’t heard of a single one of you forsaking your publicly funded health care benefits or the perks that go with political office. Whatever happened to the idea of public service? Wake up, Idaho!