Career Calling

January 7, 2014

Extending Unemployment

Writing in Daily Kos, Laura Clawson examines the debate over extending unemployment benefits.  What she finds is that there was no debate when George W. Bush was president.  During a time when the unemployment rate was lower, the House approved 5 extensions, each of which was not paid for.  Now House Republicans are insisting that the benefit which workers contributed to be paid for.  Wouldn’t it be great if they asked for the same kind of responsibility from large corporations that pay no taxes and still receive government benefits?  As Clawson points out, this policy also makes no sense because it takes buying power out of the economy.  Of course, that is a common theme when it comes to how the GOP thinks about working people, as we have also seen in the debate over raising the minimum wage.

Do some poor people cheat through programs like unemployment and food stamps?  Sure.  So do upper income people cheat – legally – through tax dodges and estate planning.  The problem is that poor people don’t fund the campaigns of the politicians who make the laws and tax policy.  What poor and working class people can do is vote.  Hopefully, they will remember and get to the polls.

 

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