“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
What kind of bugs me about this debate is that it's being treated as if not wanting to extend unemployment benefits for half a year is the same as wanting to stop giving unemployed people any benefits ever. I'm fine with unemployment benefits (though I'd like to see them be privatized, I know this is unrealistic) as long as there is a clear limit during which time the recipient knows he/she has to find a job. Two years is not only plenty of time, but probably about twice as long as I think should be alloted, at least. Extending that by another 6 months not only makes an already ridiculous situation more ridiculous, but also gives the impression that since Congress doesn't have the spine to keep things the way they are, they might just keep doing this again indefinitely in the future, creating even less incentive to go out and get a job.
When you pay people to not work, it's a disincentive to get a job. This is Econ 101 stuff. Or maybe more like the prerequisite to Econ 101. It blows my mind that some people are treating it as a fringe, classist opinion.