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The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right

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The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:23 am

A few days later I was confronted by another conservative Republican who blamed the nation’s high unemployment rate on the availability of unemployment benefits. “If you pay someone not to work, they won’t,” he said. When I pointed out unemployment benefits couldn’t possibly be the cause of joblessness because there are now about five job seekers for every job opening, he scoffed. “Government always makes things worse.”

Government-haters seem to be everywhere.

Congressional Republicans, now led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, hate government so much they’re ready to sacrifice the full faith and credit of the United States in order to shrink it.

http://robertreich.org/post/7652593366

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Re: The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right

Post by jmainframe on Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:56 pm

I made this point in another thread...

Now that benefits have stopped for exhaustees for several months, the data should now be there as to whether this move got them back to work. I DON'T THINK SO!!

A study needs to be conducted NOW, showing how this did NOT get exhaustees back to work. The results of this study should then be shoved down congress' throat, especially the ones who used this as an excuse AGAINST adding weeks of benefits for the exhaustees.

I also sent this suggestion to the person in charge of Labor Market Research over at NELP. I told her that if NELP no longer advocates adding weeks for exhaustees, to possibly send this suggestion to one of her contacts who do.

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Re: The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:11 pm

I noticed that NELP is not advocating as well. And, to your point, it should in fact end the argument that when people's benefits end, they will find a job. The BLS has reported the total number of jobs lost 2008-2011 vs. the total number of jobs gained as of 2011, not even close. That as well should end the argument. You can't get a job that doesn't exist.

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