Alaska tea party candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller believes that providing unemployment benefits is unconstitutional, but could not tell Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” what he’d do to help the 44 million Americans needing those benefits.
“Why are unemployment benefits unconstitutional?” asked Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“The Constitution provides enumerated powers,” answered Miller.
“I guess my challenge is to anybody that asks, show me the enumerated power. And then look at the 10th amendment that says if it’s not done in the Constitution, it’s a power that belongs to the state and the people. And I think we as a people need to stop being disingenuous about what the Constitution provides for. It does not provide for this all-encompassing power that we’ve seen exercised for last several decades.”
When pressed on what he would do for the poor if elected, Miller struggled to provide details.
“I think what you need to look at is the context. We had an extension of unemployment benefits several weeks ago, which is beyond what we had in the past in this country. What we have in this country is an entitlement mentality. Entitlement, not just as individual but even at the state level,” he said.