Vote Tally: HRes 841 Yea 219 (R) /0(D) — Nay: 13(R) / 184 (D) — Not Voting: 8(R) / 7(D)
Vote Tally: HRes 841 Yea 219 (R) /0(D) — Nay: 13(R) / 184 (D) — Not Voting: 8(R) / 7(D)
”The Republicans have no credibility on deficits. The Republicans have no credibility on national security. For decades, both have been all but ceded as Republican strengths, despite plenty of evidence that they shouldn’t be. On those issues, Democrats have often played on the Republican home field, to the detriment of everyone. The Republicans would like for the same dynamic to pertain on the economy and unemployment. At the end of last week, while President Obama was enjoying the early indications of what we now know is a substantial post-Convention bounce, Republicans rejoiced at the release of a lousy jobs report. They were sure that would deflate what they deluded themselves into believing was but a temporary Obama polling bubble. It’s the economy, stupid—Republicans rejoiced. And it is the economy. And unemployment still will be one of the key issues in this election, up and down the ballot. But not in the way Republicans think.
President Obama and the Democrats have tried to pass jobs bills. The Republicans killed the American Jobs Act. The Republicans killed the jobs bill that would have repaired our badly crumbling national infrastructure. The Republicans killed the jobs bill that would have given tax cuts to small businesses that create jobs. They’re even holding up a bill specifically designed to create jobs for military veterans. The Republicans don’t care about creating jobs. Republicans do care about playing politics over jobs, obstructing bills that would actually create jobs so they can exploit the lack of jobs for political gain.”
We’ve been listening to the GOP and their Tea Party brethren talk about “taking our country back” and most folks have wondered “from what?” But the question isn’t “from what?” … it’s “to when?” And now, FOXnew has given us the answer …. 1897.
I’m surprised they didn’t include a bullet point denoting the elimination of laws prohibiting child labor as well.
Absolutely none of those bullet points would increase job growth, but they would improve the ability of Corporations to further subjugate their all-white-male workforces. If you’re female, or if your skin has any tinge of color … good luck getting a job at all.
If these guys get their way they might as well rename our country to the United Corporations of America, because this will no longer resemble the country in which we grew up and we can mourn the American Dream as they will have effectively slaughtered it.
Why (Almost) Everything Women Are Told About Work Is Wrong
Defending Bloated Military Spending
Bank of America Makes 6.2 Billion Tax Free Dollars in Third Quarter Profits
Republicans in Congress Are in a Quandary on Jobs
Without Credit Card Donations, WikiLeaks Facing Funding Crisis
Captured Government’s Increasing Irrelevance Shows Occupy’s Importance
Throw Them Out With the Trash
Robert Reich | The Flat-Tax Fraud, and the Necessity of a Truly Progressive Tax
Occupy the Mortgage Lenders
Sending Troops Home Could Pave Way for More Non-Competitive Defense Contracting
Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail?
Shocking Report Reveals the Pentagon’s Addiction to Fraudulent Contractors
The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy
Montana Looks North for Health Care That Works
Robert Reich | The Austerity Death-Trap
Republican Field Shies Away From History on Insurance Mandate
Alexandra Duszak | iWatchNews: “Groups pushing for more government transparency agree with the Obama administration’s recent self-assessment that progress is being made —but budget-cutting efforts on Capitol Hill could threaten both recent gains and the prospect of future progress.”
Robert Reich | The 7 Biggest Economic Lies
Here’s a short (2 minute 30 second) effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards.”
Billionaire Tycoon Claps For Herman Cain’s Attacks On Occupy Wall Street Movement
Super Congress Hauls in Super Donations as Special Interests Try to Influence Budget Cuts
House GOP Wants to Waive Environmental Laws on US Borders
Graphic | Border zone bill would waive environmental laws — In Washington state alone, the zone would apply to about 1/2 of the land area within the state and would include three of the largest cities and it’s capital.
Hispanic Alabama Schoolchildren Face Bullying In The Wake Of Anti-Immigrant Law
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September 14, 2011
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WASHINGTON – At the White House today, Vice President Biden convened a cabinet meeting to discuss waste reduction at federal agencies as part of the administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste. The vice president announced a new initiative to fight waste in Medicaid that is estimated to save taxpayers over $2 billion, unveiled new efforts to track state progress in reducing improper unemployment insurance payments, and directed each Cabinet secretary to undertake a waste and efficiency review that will target unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient federal spending.
“Today’s announcements on cutting waste in Medicare, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance shows that we can make our government more efficient and responsible to the American people,” said Vice President Biden. “If we’re going to spur jobs and economic growth and restore long-term fiscal solvency, we need to make sure hard-earned tax dollars don’t go to waste.”
Joined by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the vice president discussed a new initiative to fight waste and fraud in Medicaid that will save taxpayers an estimated $2.1 billion. HHS today released its final rule for the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program, a waste-cutting program created by the Affordable Care Act. HHS projects the program will save $2.1 billion over the next five years, of which $900 million will be returned to states. The new program is based on the successful Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, which the vice president announced has already recovered nearly $670 million to date in 2011 – increasing the taxpayer dollars recovered by nearly 800 percent compared to 2010.
“Today we are building on an already successful program that targets improper payments in our health care programs and recovers those dollars, making Medicare and Medicaid more reliable and responsible,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We simply can’t afford to see even one penny of our health care dollars wasted and expanding this program will help us reach that goal.”
The vice president also unveiled new Labor Department efforts to reduce improper Unemployment Insurance payments and hold states accountable for progress as part of the administration’s comprehensive efforts to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis joined the vice president to discuss the department’s next steps in combating these improper payments:
These steps build on other efforts to address improper payments the administration launched earlier this year.
“The Unemployment Insurance system is a unique partnership between the federal government and the states. States bear the responsibility of operating an efficient and effective benefits program, but as partners the federal government must be able to hold them accountable for doing so,” said Secretary Solis. “These new measures, demonstrate our commitment to working closely with states to ensure the integrity of the system, turnaround underperforming programs and save taxpayer dollars.”
Finally, as part of efforts to cut waste and inefficient spending, the vice president asked the Cabinet to report back on wasteful and inefficient agency spending on travel, auto fleets, publications, and office equipment and supplies, from cell phones to software, or in any other areas identified by agencies.
The vice president highlighted the Department of Homeland Security’s Efficiency Review as a model effort. Since 2009, the agency has identified more than $1 billion in cost avoidances and implemented 30 efficiency initiatives across the agency – from buying software licenses in bulk to using government offices for meetings instead of renting private space. As a result of these savings and other ongoing efficiency initiatives, the agency’s 2012 budget request included more than $800 million in reductions. As he did with the Recovery Act, the vice president called on secretaries to be personally involved in these reviews, and will hold cabinet members personally responsible for the performance and results of the process.
“Over the last two years, we have made an unprecedented commitment to efficiency in order to support frontline operations by building a culture of fiscal discipline and accountability throughout the department,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Efficiency Review, we’ve taken a hard look at how we do business, and identified ways to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of limited taxpayer dollars we receive.”
As part of the launch of the Campaign to Cut Waste in June, the president asked the vice president to take on a new role holding the Cabinet accountable for cutting waste in their agencies – part of the administration’s ongoing effort to make government more efficient and responsive to the American people. The vice president will hold regular Cabinet waste cutting meetings and is working closely with Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and the administration’s Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients to root out waste across the agencies and make government work for America’s families.
“We have made great strides in the last two years – shrinking contract spending for the first time in 13 years, identifying $3 billion in cost reductions from information technology projects across government, and getting rid of property we no longer need,” said Lew. “Particularly now in these challenging fiscal times, it is critical that each and every member of the Cabinet take personal ownership of aggressively rooting out waste and being vigilant stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
Sanders says he doesn’t know who would step up to primary Obama
Sen. Bernie Sanders said he still supports the concept of a primary challenge for Obama, because, Sanders said, even Republicans have done a better job of keeping their campaign promises than Obama.
DAILY KOS: Medicare: Why is it on the table?
Let’s at the outset establish something about entitlements: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are not the same program, don’t have the same financing, don’t have the same problems and don’t have the same solutions. That’s important, because it’s easy to start talking about one and slip into talking about another. The complexities of individual state-supported Medicaid won’t be covered today at all, and for the purposes of today’s discussion, let’s just get Social Security off the table, just like Congress ought to do.
Daily Kos: Republicans directly to blame for S&P credit downgrade
It is now becoming readily apparent that yes, rational policy makers, economists, and business leaders do very much resent the moronic stances of the current Republican Party, and have no particular interest in seeing them continue.
What Happened in Wisconsin? We Don’t Know, and That’s Not Good
The results of our exit polling are presented below.In every case there are sizeable disparities between the computer-tabulated votecount percentages and the percentages indicated by our exit polls respondents.And in every case the disparity is a “red shift,” the votecount percentages more favorable to the Repub candidate than are the exit poll percentages. the disparities indicated below may be considered “orange flags,” suggestive of at least the possibility of widespread computerized mistabulation, and indicative that follow-up voter canvassing is warranted. In addition, analysis of prior voting patterns,turnout anomalies,and other data is being undertaken.We hope to continue to build the awareness and involvement on the part of citizens of WI and America that will be needed to preserve our democracy through the restoration of observable vote counting and honest elections.
Romney says corporations are people, so why aren’t HMO hoodlums going to jail?
Mitt Romney’s quote about corporations as people raises the question of why all the HMO hoodlums, caught stealing from taxpayers multiple times, aren’t in jail. Obama, the Republicans and the big insurance companies are complicitly hiding the dirty secrets of the privatization of Medicaid and Medicare.
Scattered throughout Afghanistan, the U.S. military’s burn pits have added their own unique mix to the pollution, in blatant contravention of environmental laws the U.S. applies to itself. A lawsuit filed last year in the U.S. by Burke PLLC and later joined by Motley Rice Attorneys at Law, one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms, contends that Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and its former parent company, the military contractor Halliburton, exposed servicemen and women and civilian contractors to huge quantities of toxic dust, fumes and other air pollutants by unsafely burning garbage in burn pits. The litigation mentioned burn pits at Bagram Airbase, Forward Operating Base Salerno, Kandahar Airbase, and many others in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Robert Reich | How Austerity Is Ushering in A Global Recession
Robert Reich, Op-Ed: “The United States has been moving in the same bizarre direction. Cutbacks by state and local governments have all but negated the federal government’s original stimulus, and no one in Washington is talking seriously about a second. The pitiful showdown over increasing the debt limit has produced the opposite: a Rube-Goldberg-like process for capping spending rather than increasing it, and a public that’s being sold the Republican lie that less government spending means more jobs.”
Robert Scheer | The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas
Robert Scheer, Op-Ed: As a bit of irony, it was U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, who pioneered the passage of federal legislation preventing government oversight of those mortgage-backed securities. Perhaps because Texas homeowners were better protected than those in the rest of the nation, the Texan Bush managed to be splendidly indifferent during his presidency to the dire consequence of the housing bubble. Indeed, how can Perry seek the presidency largely on the basis of his Texas governorship without conceding that it is his Texas predecessor, himself purely a product of Texas state government, who is far more responsible for the economic meltdown than the current president?
Jim Hightower | ‘Governor Supercuts’ for President?
Jim Hightower, Op-Ed: “Perry is an exuberant corporate Republican, unabashedly hugging any big business lobbyist bearing a campaign check and a wish list. Although he dresses alluringly for the right-wing extremists, the corporate powers are his true love — and vice versa. Even though he’s entering the GOP primary late, with little time to put together a national campaign, The New York Times notes that Perry has, “a vast network of wealthy supporters eager to bankroll his presidential ambitions. Why? Because he’s already proven to be a trusted peer of the corporate-political establishment.”
Texas’ Low-Paying Jobs Are Not The Whole Story
Mitchell Schnurman, News Analysis: As Gov. Rick Perry ramps up his campaign for the presidency, critics are seizing on the fact that the state has created hundreds of thousands of minimum-wage jobs during his tenure, including many without benefits. Texas and Mississippi have the highest share of this low-paid workforce: 9.5 percent of all hourly employees were paid the minimum wage or less last year, compared with 6 percent of workers nationwide.
How Safe Are You?
Christopher Hellman, Op-Ed: “In the decade before the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon base budget added up to an impressive $4.2 trillion, only one-third less than for the past decade. But add in the cost of the Afghan and Iraq wars and total Pentagon spending post-9/11 is actually two-thirds greater than in the previous decade. That’s quite a jump. As for homeland-security funding, spending figures for the years prior to 2000 are hard to identify because the category didn’t exist (nor did anyone who mattered in Washington even think to use that word “homeland”). But there can be no question that whatever it was, it would pale next to present spending.”
Republicans Call Out Buffett For Views On Wealthy Taxpayers
Kim Geiger, News Report: “This is not the first time that Buffett, a friend and donor to Obama, has used his personal tax bill – and those of his employees – to make the case that super-wealthy Americans are under-taxed. In 2007, Buffett raised the issue at a fundraiser for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, arguing that secretaries pay higher tax rates than their millionaire bosses and offering to pay $1 million to anyone who could prove him wrong. This time, Buffett’s words come as a bipartisan committee of 12 members of Congress sets out to trim the federal budget gap by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, with the growing national debt becoming a central issue as the 2012 presidential race heats up.”
Kucinich to Obama: Free Trade = Fewer U.S. Jobs
Dennis Kucinich, Letter: “We cannot have a strong economy without a strong manufacturing base. Investments to put Americans back to work by rebuilding our infrastructure would be beneficial for manufacturing. However, these investments will be significantly undermined by the passage of free agreements which will further damage our manufacturing sector. Two-thirds of the more than 2.3 million American jobs displaced between 2001-2007 as a result of the U.S.-China Free Trade Agreement were in the manufacturing sector. This has resulted in the outsourcing of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.”
True Cost of Afghan, Iraq Wars is Anyone’s Guess
Nancy A. Youssef, News Analysis: “How much do the wars actually cost the U.S. taxpayer? Nobody really knows. Yes, Congress has allotted $1.3 trillion for war spending through fiscal year 2011 just to the Defense Department. There are long Pentagon spreadsheets that outline how much of that was spent on personnel, transportation, fuel and other costs. In a recent speech, President Barack Obama assigned the wars a $1 trillion price tag. But all those numbers are incomplete. Besides what Congress appropriated, the Pentagon spent an additional unknown amount from its $5.2 trillion base budget over that same period.”
Riots and the Underclass; The View from America
Alexander Cockburn, Op-Ed: “Twenty years ago, conservative criminologists here were drawing up graphic scenarios of cities held hostage by gangs of feral black youth. City police forces compiled vast computer data banks of “gangs” and suspects linked to a gang drew heavier sentences, shoved into a penal system where remedial counseling and post release job training had vanished. Simultaneous to the drop in violent crime rates, has come the discovery that America can’t afford to lock up 2.3 million people for years on end. It’s too expensive.”
FBI Brags About Chasing Down Mortgage Fraudsters But Big Banks Are Left Untouched
Ben Hallman and Michael Hudson, News Analysis: “In a new report , the Federal Bureau of Investigation pats itself on the back for using “sophisticated investigative techniques” to target mortgage fraudsters. The FBI’s 2010 “Year in Review” mortgage fraud report says the agency has used wiretaps, undercover operatives and “tactical analysis coupled with advanced statistical correlations and computer technologies.” Not everyone is impressed. Consumer advocates say the FBI is missing the big picture, focusing its investigative muscle on small-time crooks and turning a blind eye to misconduct by big banks.”
Democrats Must Push Back
Norman Solomon, Op-Ed: “The negative trends in the Nation’s Capital are mostly due to extreme GOP ideologues in Congress. But they’ve been enabled by too many Democrats who keep giving ground while Republican leaders refuse to give an inch. ‘A day after signing legislation that raised the government debt ceiling and authorized steep budget cuts,” the satirical magazine reported, “President Obama thanked Democrats as well as Democrats for their willingness to make tough, but necessary, concessions during negotiations.’”
Juan Cole | President Bachmann: Another Mideast Messiah
Juan Cole, Op-Ed: “Michele Bachmann made waves in June when she said in an interview, “I’m tired of Afghanistan and Iraq, too. I think we need to get out. I think Afghanistan is—on many, many levels, it doesn’t seem we’re gaining any ground. I want to reduce U.S. exposure in Afghanistan. So, let’s get them [U.S. troops] out as quickly as we can.” This quote is often now taken out of context, and in conjunction with her opposition to the NATO intervention in Libya, to suggest that she is a neo-isolationist. But other statements make it clear that Bachmann is actually no more eager to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq than are the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
The Jobs Question
Robert Borosage, Op-Ed: “Twenty-five million Americans are in need of full time work. One in four teenagers not in college can’t find a job. Wages aren’t keeping up with prices. Our trade deficit is rising, as more and more good jobs get shipped abroad. It’s projected that a staggering 48 percent of homes with mortgages could be underwater – worth less than the mortgage – by the end of the year. Moreover, there is no recovery to an old, healthy economy. The old economy didn’t work for most Americans even when it was growing. The cancer was spreading before it metastasized in the financial panic. In the so-called Bush recovery years before the collapse, the few captured all the rewards of growth.”
Special Ops: The New Face of War
John Grant, Op-Ed: How does modern warfare in a nation-state system that evolved out of feudalism continue to evolve as new communication systems increase? What does modern warfare look like as that nation state system breaks down, to be replaced by a confusing, “globalized” world of power centers and power vacuums? The answer for the United States seems to be a growing concentration on what is known as Special Operations, which includes Special Forces, Seals and a host of other lethal military forces that emphasize mobility, efficiency, secrecy and unaccountability.”
New Study Blames Human Beings for Ice Melt
Richard Mauer, News Analysis: “About half the recent record loss of Arctic sea ice can be blamed on global warming caused by human activity, according to a new study by scientists from the nation’s leading climate research center. The peer-reviewed study, funded by the National Science Foundation is the first to attribute a specific proportion of the ice melt to greenhouse gases and particulates from pollution. The study used supercomputers and one of the world’s most sophisticated climate models to reach its conclusions, said lead author Jennifer Kay, a staff scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. The paper was published last week in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.”
Jim Hightower | The Illegal Foreclosure Epidemic
Jim Hightower, Op-Ed: “That’s the virtue of the “ouchie” that Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and other big financiers got last year when they ran into the law after racing wildly through home foreclosure paperwork. They were caught falsifying thousands of documents and taking illegal shortcuts that were causing innocent families to lose their homes. They had to pay fines, make restitution, suspend foreclosures, and pledge to clean up their act. But at least they learned their lesson. Oh, but wait …”
President Obama Joins the Cult of Economics Deniers
Dean Baker, Op-Ed: “President Obama is no longer paying attention to economists and economics in designing economic policy. Instead, he will do what his campaign people tell him will get him re-elected, presumably by getting lots of money from Wall Street. resident Obama intends to focus on reducing government spending and cutting programs like Social Security and Medicare. In other words, President Obama intends to ignore the path for getting the economy back to full employment that most economists advocate. Instead he is going to cut government spending because his chief of staff and former J.P. Morgan vice-president Bill Daley and his top campaign adviser David Plouffe both say this is a good idea.”
First … we have an unbelievable income dispartity between ordinary Americans and the super-rich …
Of the richest 10% … well, they control approximately two-thirds of America’s net worth …
Perceptions are not the actual reality …
And given our war on this, war on that, winner takes it all focus, who do you think has been taking it all?
So … who’s winning and who’s losing the ‘battle’?
Are you outraged yet? The GOP is vehemently attempting to eliminate unions, the last bastion of protections for the working class so they can complete their pillaging of America. They’re not out to protect America’s liberty and freedom, their out to turn our nation in to a plutocracy, one governed by and for the super-rich and at the expense of it’s mere peons … that would be you.
Wake up America, before it’s too late to overcome the avalanche that will become America’s dark ages. For the first time in America’s history, today’s children absolutely have less hope of doing just as well as their parents, let along better. If we let the GOP do their bidding, it lead only to the death of what once was a great nation.
My point … and for further reading:
Obama to Freeze Federal Worker Pay
President Obama, today, announced plans for a 2-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers in an effort to curb an increasing deficit [NYTimes]. His proposal will eliminate a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise scheduled for 2011 for 2.1 million civilian federal government employees (the freeze wouldn’t apply to uniformed military personnel). It would also mean government workers would see no raises in 2012 either. It’s estimated that the freeze would save more than $60 billion over the next 10 years.
With the deficit citing at $1.3T, the pay freeze will save $2 billion in the current fiscal year that ends in September 2011. That’s just a tiny little blip in budgetary expenses and it’s anti-stimulative. Plus, with the National Debt rapidly approaching the legislated debt ceiling of $14.3T, $60B over the next 10 years isn’t going to make any type of sizable dent in rectifying the financial abyss into which we’re rapidly descending.
So, why did President Obama propose this today? Does he expect to get anything in return? If everything goes as it has over the first two years of his presidency, we can expect to see him get bumpkiss.
Unemployment Benefits to End for 1.2 Million Americans
As indicated in an earlier post, tomorrow, just a week after corporations posted their biggest profits ever, 1.2 million Americans, who cannot find gainful employment, will lose their unemployment benefits.
Republicans are already indicating they will vote once again, en bloc, to oppose any further extension of unemployment benefits, unless of course, they’re paid for. Well, the President has already proposed a 2-year pay freeze for federal workers without conditioning that freeze on the passage of any bill. You can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll not let Democrats use that freeze as a budgetary offset for unemployment since President Obama already couched that freeze in terms of deficit and debt reduction.
As Democrats, we appear not to understand ‘when to hold them’ and only let go of ‘them’ when we have something for which to trade ‘them.’ We just keep giving things up for nothing in return. So you can bet, the Senate Republicans will vote en bloc tomorrow or sometime this week to disallow any further extensions of unemployment benefits.
Republican Obsession with Tax Cut Extensions for the Richest 2%
Now, given the Republican obsession with paying for an extension of unemployment benefits, one would think they would be equally obsessed with paying for an extension of any tax cuts as well. Well, think again. These are the guys who campaigned and won their seats in the next Congress based on doing what is fiscally responsible for this nation … and the first thing they’re not only planning to do, but are demanding that is done, is to extend and make permanent the tax policies that took this nation from having a budget surplus and a debt of $5.4T, to a nation that has a $1.3T budget and that is $14.3T in debt.
Over the next couple of weeks, expect to see the Republican caucuses in both Houses of Congress throwing one hissy fit after another without offering up one single budgetary offset. You can also expect to see them attempt to hold any extension of unemployment compensation benefits hostage, unless they get to make the Bush tax cuts for the upper 2% permanent. The other thing you can expect to see is Democrats begin to cave on the upper-limit of those receiving tax cuts. They’re already floating bumping the $250K target up to $1M, but the revenue loss from raising the threshold from $250,000 to $1 million would be significant. Leaving the threshold at $250K, would generate $70oB toward retiring some of our national debt over just the next 10 years.
Where’s My Health Care?
Dr. Andrew P. Harris (Representative-elect R-MD) arrived in Washington for his orientation session and made quite a stir when he demanded to know why he had to wait 30 days before his health insurance would take effect, and why he couldn’t buy into it to cover himself during the waiting period. All of this hubbub was created by a man who campaigned against health care reform.
All of this … and we haven’t yet gotten to two other big ticket items: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or the START treaty.
Tomorrow, just a week after corporations posted their biggest profits ever, 1.2 million Americans, who cannot find gainful employment, will lose their unemployment benefits.
Looking around the potential employment landscape, you’re lucky to find one job for each five unemployed Americans, and in some areas of the country, odds of finding any job at all are far worse than that. Thus, no matter how motivated the unemployed are, no matter where they relocate, no matter if they retrain, no matter how willing they are to take minimum wage jobs, for every one unemployed American that finds a job, four will not.
That, however, doesn’t stop people like John Tammy, writing for Forbes, from implying, like Sharron Angle, that people are lazy and would rather sit home and collect unemployment benefits than find a job. From his Nov. 28, 2010 post:
… “unemployment insurance pays individuals out of work to stay unemployed. Though the benefits aren’t substantial, the funds paid out are a cushion of sorts that make finding the work necessary to feed oneself less of a near-term necessity. Not only does jobless compensation make securing work less of a pressing issue, it also raises the cost of luring workers from the sidelines. Indeed, in deciding whether to take on new employment, the unemployed must consider the wage offered through the prism of what will be lost thanks to the cessation of government paychecks. Looking at the above, jobless benefits in a very real sense artificially prop up wage demands, and the results are predictable.”
He goes on to say that if we discontinue extensions of unemployment benefits, people would immediately find work” at wages that reflect actual demand for labor in the marketplace.” In other words, businesses could hire anybody they wanted at minimum wage or less and pocket even greater profits going forward.
I found Mr. Tammy’s article totally revolting. When exactly was it that we stopped being citizens of a wonderful Country and instead became nothing more than consumers and production workers for corporations to manipulate, use, and abuse?