Over at the American Prospect, Mori Dinauer writes
Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) says he believes "there should be a federal safety net" yet also asks rhetorically whether extending unemployment insurance is the equivalent of the government "creating hobos." In attempting to reconcile these two sentiments, I have to ask: at which point do our unemployed on government assistance officially become hobos? After one year? Two?
Let's consult the final arbiter on these issues, Wikipedia
Unlike tramps, who worked only when they were forced to, and bums, who didn't work at all, hobos were workers who wandered.
- HOBO - worker who wanders
- TRAMP - works only when forced to
- BUM - not working at all
Clearly, Representative Heller has it wrong. All those on unemployment insurance are BUMS. He should issue a statement to that effect, directed at the 15 million
bums currently residing in the United States.
Also, he should submit legislation preventing the unemployed from owning a bindle
since that's only supposed to be used by hobos. Bums should not be allowed the luxury of possessing a bindle.