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On the Dole with Unemployment Benefits

While the fucked up MSM (for the most – if not almost all) continues to exaggerate and promote the power of the Tea Party, some of these tea baggers now think it important to learn about what they ARE promoting – like the Constitution.  Somehow I’m of the thought it’ll be in Cliff note style.

This was among my favorite:

Amid Civil War reenactors, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and booths selling Native American artwork, Scott handed out strips of white paper, each printed with quotations from such American luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington.

“With knowledge, there is power,” she said. “And having an understanding of the Constitution can lead to electing people who will uphold it.”


Christ – right off the bat, I digressed.  So far I almost forget what it was I was about to say.  Huffington Post has a very apt picture with this headline and this picture :


John Kyl forgot his quad cane – and his quadfocals.  The guy in the blue tie is truly out of sync.  Hitting the pic will take you to Paul Krugman’s opinion piece at the NY Times as he attempts to sort out the bullshit.  Although he titled his piece ‘Punishing the Unemployed’ I think he misses a tremendous point – see second paragraph below.

The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.

I do, however, think he’s off base about this.

Do unemployment benefits reduce the incentive to seek work? Yes: workers receiving unemployment benefits aren’t quite as desperate as workers without benefits, and are likely to be slightly more choosy about accepting new jobs. The operative word here is “slightly”: recent economic research suggests that the effect of unemployment benefits on worker behavior is much weaker than was previously believed. Still, it’s a real effect when the economy is doing well.

He says the operative word (for him, apparently) is ‘slightly.’   Has HE been unemployed, on U/E benefits, looking for a job?  I have and I can tell you, I didn’t spend A LOT of time lolling around in those benefits.  I was LOOKING because if there’s one thing I understood – the benefits run out at some point.  And then . . .


One Response

  1. And, not to mention the fact that those benefits are hardly enough for many people to survive on.

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