"They keep money in the pockets of working families, money that gets spent
at local businesses, thus promoting growth and job creation."No,
it would be kept in the pockets of working families if taxpayers paid less in
taxes and kept more of the money they earned. And they would still go out and
spend that money at local businesses, thus promoting growth and job creation.
Over a year living off of taxpayer money is long enough. A year is
plenty of time to find a job. No, it may not be a pleasant job or a very high
paying job. But a year is a long time. Time to teach personal responsibility.
The GOP's war on the poor is one of the strangest wars on record. Usually
strategy in war includes eliminating or at least depleting the enemy. But in the
GOP's war, they are actually trying to increase the size of their declared
enemy. This is a losing strategy.
What's wrong with wearing a sweater around the house?I do it.
Not because I can't afford it, but because I want to minimize the amount of
pollution my furnace makes. And I don't believe you need to live in a
constant tropical climate inside our house.Frugality may also have
something to do with it... but I have no problem not heating my house to 80
degrees in the winter.
Oh... I forgot to mention (reading the previous posts reminded me)... it IS the
GOP's fault. No doubt. They want poor people to die. It's a fact.
More lies from an administration not known for telling the truth. If
unemployment benefits help the economy why haven't they these past seven
years of Obama and Congress extending them?
Sal,According to the Obama Administration... every dollar we put into
unemployment... puts $2 into the economy.By that brilliant economic
logic we should lay EVERYBODY off and put EVERYBODY on unemployment!===IMO extending unemployment payments should not be used to
manipulate the economy. If families need it... then give it. But don't
pretend you're stimulating the economy.Fact is.. the government
can't give out one dollar in unemployment without taking that dollar from a
working American. So extending unemployment payments must take one dollar out
of the economy for every dollar it puts back.I can see how
unemployment checks are spent and re-spent many times. But it's the same
for every dollar you don't take out of a working person's paycheck.
That same dollar would be spent just as many times whether it came from a
welfare check or a pay=check.So assuming welfare dollars are any
better for the economy than any other dollars... just doesn't make
sense.Work stimulates the economy... not welfare.
There's nothing wrong with wearing a sweater around the house. When times are good, invest in solar heating technology and that will give a
person some free relief as well. It's been shown that good home
designs barely take any energy to keep warm.
The fact is, 2 bits, actions speak louder than words. No matter what the GOP
says, the party's actions prove that it really does not care about the
poor. It has no use for them. They are moochers, free loaders, lazy people who
need to buck up and pay their way (even if there are not enough jobs to go
around). And the first comment here is typical of that thinking. A year is
plenty of time to find a job. Has this person ever been unemployed? Has he
personally known anyone who has tried and tried to find work but cannot, simply
because there are so many other unemployed people out there competing for the
few available openings? And the longer you are unemployed, the more businesses
look at you like damaged goods. If you're unemployed for longer than a
year, there must be something wrong with you. So getting hired is harder the
longer you are unemployed. This "My View" piece is dead on,
and those who disagree with it need to stop spouting platitudes but start
dealing with reality.