Say it with me: "Unemployment Benefits Are Evil"
We're not going to get anywhere until we stop giving the collectivists a moral ground that they neither deserve nor earned. Maybe one day, we will grow a pair and say,
"I oppose extending unemployment beneftis, in good times or bad, just as i oppose all measure that confiscate property from their owners. I oppose any policy that turns ordinary citizens into State beggars. I oppose any policy that pits one group of society against another. I oppose any policy that forces equalization on people who are unique from birth. All of these policies are evil and unemployment insurance is no different. It does not help anyone. It gives them back pennies on the dollars that have been previously confiscated from them.
Furthermore, I support all policies that maximize income inequality. The most efficient economy would be the one where the division of labor was so perfectly coordinated that no two individuals earned the same income. This is the path of any society that respects property rights. Although that will never be the case, the opposite path - striving for the most inefficient and immoral ideal of income equalization is the most absurd idea to ever catch popular fancy. Hopefully more men and women of intellectual courage will speak up against the outrageous presupposition of higher morality assigned to the false doctrine of egalitarianism."
For a more scholarly approach to the see Rothbard's Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Hoppe's Economics and Ethics of Private Property. (Both free by pdf via Google search.)
David in Qatar