Another blow to the conventional wisdom…

Posted: June 30, 2010 by datechguy in employment, opinion/news
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If you do a search of stories on the Unemployment extension or lack thereof you will see a lot of stuff like this:

Republicans are united against the extension

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a press release yesterday that

“Republicans in Congress are clearly more focused on their short-term political standing than the immediate economic security of millions of Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and are unable to find work.”

Evil Republicans yada yada yada, just like the tea party stuff we’ve heard so many times before. You would think it was part of journolist.

Interestingly enough if you look at the Globe today you find this:

Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts is planning to introduce legislation today aimed at extending unemployment assistance for the long-term jobless, funding summer jobs, and providing more Medicaid funding to states.

His plan would pay for the additional spending using unspent stimulus funding, along with cuts in other areas.

“There are some programs in that legislation that are important to Massachusetts during this economic crisis,’’ Brown, a Republican, says in a video message he is planning to release this morning. “But we need to find a way to pay for them.’’

Scott Brown? An Evil republican extending unemployment? That’s has to be as unlikely as democrats showing up for a Tea Party Forum.

How about that actually paying for that extension. As someone in tight shape who could use that extension I understand that the money is coming not from the Government but from my fellow taxpayers. Once people forget this we become a society of dependence.

Comments
  1. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    From a different angle: I’m not eligible for unemployment insurance, because of the nature (contract-based) of the work I do. Neither is my mother, who has her own business. My father is, but my stepmom isn’t, even though she only left her job because he has a good one. Neither is any person who graduates college or tries to return to the workforce, who is unemployed but has no job to be laid off from.

    In those situations, we all certainly understand being in the situation in which extended unemployment would help, because we fear being there ourselves, but it gets a little irksome when politicians decide that you should be paying for other people, and if you don’t, you’re an immoral SOB who doesn’t care. No, it’s just that a lot of us who aren’t getting unemployment insurance, and are ineligible for it if we lost our jobs, know that we’re paying for this in higher taxes, higher prices, inflation, and reduced job opportunities (since corporations also pay these taxes). We’re being told that our own woes don’t matter.

    In an abstract sense, we also worry about the downward cycle: paying people to not work, for over two years, does nothing but bring the economy up short. We worry that if this continues too long, we’re going to create another Great Depression, because businesses can’t keep paying for two people but getting work from one.

  2. ck says:

    Good for Scott Brown, anything chipping away at the unspent stimulus funds(democrat re election funds) is good with me.

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  4. How is this paid for? Unspent stimulus money. Um…where again did this stimulus money come from? It wasn’t an anonymous benefactor.

    The banks were required to, and for the most part, paid back their stimulus loans. So how is the country going to be paid back from the said funds if they are diverted from stimulus money?

    Shouldn’t that be the same goal with these funds?

    So how exactly is the tea party/republican plan being paid for again?

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