Rep. Alan Grayson: GOP Is Wondering Why The Unemployed Don’t Sell Their Yachts

It seems that every time Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson takes the podium in the House, he makes a headline. Today he spoke in favor of extending unemployment benefits, but instead of trying to persuade Republicans that this was the right course of action, he argued that the GOP is actively “trying to revive” the America of the Great Depression, and mocked them for their yachts and art collections.

Grayson begins his statement with a dramatic anecdote from the Depression: his grandfather, trying to feed a family of seven, digging through dumps to find something worth selling. “That, my friends, is the America the Republicans are trying revive,” he concludes, with no clear evidence– “The America where people have nothing, hope for nothing, and are desperate to live for the next day.”

He then goes on to explain the obvious– that everyone receiving unemployment benefits from the proposed bill will actually be unemployed– and that, unlike the average Republican, they can’t just dive into their well-organized assets. Grayson claims Republicans ask themselves the following when they look at the unemployment crisis:

“Why don’t they just sell some stock? If they’re in really dire straits, maybe they can 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.”

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