Rep. Paul Ryan Wants Unemployed People to Work for Free

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that he supports a Georgia plan of making people, who are receiving unemployment benefits (which they paid into while employed), to work for free.

The plan is based on a program called “Georgia Works” which matches job seekers with employers. Under the plan, employers agree to provide up to eight weeks of on-the-job training. Workers, who can only work for 24 hours a week, continue to receive unemployment benefits instead of getting paid.

“The Georgia plan sounds pretty interesting,” Ryan told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday. “I think that’s something we are looking at, which is unemployment reform.”

According to data the Georgia Department of Labor, the program isn’t very successful. Between 2003 and 2010, only 16.4 percent of people that participated in the program found work, about the same rate as those who were not participating. As of late August, there were only 19 trainees enrolled in Georgia Works.

In the same interview (below video) Ryan claimed that Obama was declaring “class warfare” by asking millionaires to pay their fair share with the so-called “Buffet tax.”

The so-called “Buffet rule” would make sure millionaires pay about the same tax rate as the employees that work for them. It’s named after billionaire Warren Buffet, who has said that he is taxed at a rate of about 17.4 percent, while his secretary is taxed at a rate of about 36 percent.

(Source: RawStory.com and Fox News)

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