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September 3, 2011

Is extending unemployment benefits really the solution?

11:20 PM, Sep. 2, 2011

By Debra J. Saunders

There are two Americas.

In one America, working stiffs wonder whether it makes sense for the government to pay unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. In this America, folks have a lot of sympathy for those who are out of work through no fault of their own, but they also fear that when government writes unemployment checks for almost two years, that’s an incentive not to get a job.

In another America, there is strong support for President Obama’s call for another extension of jobless benefits to 99 weeks. Like Obama, these Americans believe that unemployment benefits stimulate the economy.

Some want to extend benefits further. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has introduced a measure to add another 14 weeks on top of 99 weeks.

These two Americas are about to collide.

The president has called for another extension of benefits. He is expected to bring up the issue next week as part of his jobs package. Since 2009, Obama has been successful in pushing for a 99-week extension, which has been reauthorized five times — most recently as part of the 2010 tax deal that extended all of the Bush tax cuts. But last month’s debt ceiling package did not include an unemployment extension. The 99-week benefit is set to expire in January.

via Is extending unemployment benefits really the solution? | Statesman Journal |

One Comment
  1. September 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    The cartoon is stupid. The idea that the richest country in the world will allow families to lose everything and become beggars on the streets is outrageous. Businesses and society earned a profit from the work those laid off now seem to feel no responsibility according to many Republicans in Congress.

    The idea of many rich people is that we don’t need you workers now so get out of our face. If you and your family starve it’s not our problem. Is that what it has come down to?

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