Grayson to GOP: Why Don't the Jobless Just Sell Their Yachts to Feed Their Kids?

Abby Zimet


The ever-eloqent Alan Grayson finally called to task an unconscionable GOP still blocking unemployment benefits for millions of people by insisting they must be paid for now – while declining to set the same standard for extending tax cuts to the rich. Charging again that Republicans are clueless about the harships so many regular folks face, he recalled his destitute grandfather, during the Great Depression, visiting the dump to find something to sell. Democrats try again today to pass the bill.

Grayson on the Depression:

"There was no State benefits back then.
There was no help for the people who had no jobs. All they could do,
like my grandfather, in desperate straits, supporting a family of seven,
was to go to the dump and desperately try to find something he could

That, my friends, is the America that the Republicans are trying to
revive. The America of desperate straits, and for them cheap labor. The
America where people have nothing, hope for nothing, and are desperate
to live to the next day. That is what the Republicans are trying to
resurrect by blocking unemployment insurance day after day, week after
week, and now month after month..

Now, I know what the Republicans are thinking.
They're thinking why don't they just sell some stock. If they're in really dire straits, maybe
they could take some of their art collection and send it off to the
auctioneer. And if they're in deep, deep trouble maybe these unemployed
can sell one of their yachts.

And I will say this to the Republicans who have blocked this bill now
for months and kept food out of the mouths of children. I will say to them now, may God have mercy on your souls."


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