On Tuesday, a potential agreement to extend benefits for those who have been out of work for six months or more fell apart over squabbling about procedural disagreements in the Senate. That fight came two and a half weeks after those checks stopped going out to millions of Americans, and it doesn’t look like it will be resolved in the next two weeks. Congress let the program lapse at the end of the year, which offered support to the jobless after their state benefits ran out, drying up a lifeline for those who are struggling to find a new job.

The people who have been left without that support are incensed, and the anger reaches across party lines. In an email to ThinkProgress, Peter LeClair, an out of work investment manager from New York, said he has been a lifelong Republican. But he “will never vote for a Republican, as long as I live” after watching them say that relying on unemployment benefits makes people dependent. “I am incensed with this Rand Paul,” he said, who has said extending the benefits would “do a disservice” to those who were relying on them. “He says I am lazy… I am not lazy, how dare he. He doesn’t even know me.”


11 thoughts on “The Long-Term Unemployed Sound Off: ‘I Will Never Vote For A Republican Again’

  1. Well…there you have it Robert. Poverty has to be made personal before people get all bent out of shape over it. So, this person voted ‘republican’ and now that the republicans have smacked him where it hurts, he’s done with republicans. And all this time, the republicans have been smacking the shit out of those who were already low on the totem pole, and that was fine for many. But like I said, poverty’s gotta get personal before folks will wake the hell up. It’s a shame, it’s gotta be that way, but there you have it.

    Thanks for posting this!


  2. Really?!?!?! It’s about time Republican voters realize that their politicians are ignoring their needs. What took this guy so long to decide not to vote Republican????


  3. I can’t vote for Republicans but the Democrats have lied to me far too many times for me to ever vote that party ticket either. The Tea Party is destroying our country (IMO) so there goes any support I might have had for them. It seems my only option will be to vote Independent and judicially study every issue on the ticket. I thought I’d always done that but, I really made some major mistakes this last time around when I made my choices.


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