Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Senate holds the unemployed hostage again, perhaps to a "free market cultural revolution"

The New York Times has an important editorial on the recurring issue of renewing extended unemployment benefits, which again has stalled. The piece is called “The Unemployed Held Hostage”, link (web url) here. Barbara Ehrenreich and Elizabeth Warren will love this article. Some Senators, including Democrats, are holding the unemployed hostage to some unrelated tax perks for the rich.

There are those who like the idea of a “free market cultural revolution” and who think that extended benefits give the unemployed unjustifiable leverage in actually looking for jobs that were better than ones they had held before. That’s not so far from how China is today.

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