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August 1, 2009


NY Times - Over the coming months, as many as 1.5 million jobless Americans will exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits, ending what for some has been a last bulwark against foreclosures and destitution.

Because of emergency extensions already enacted by Congress, laid-off workers in nearly half the states can collect benefits for up to 79 weeks, the longest period since the unemployment insurance program was created in the 1930s. But unemployment in this recession has proved to be especially tenacious, and a wave of job-seekers is using up even this prolonged aid.

Tens of thousands of workers have already used up their benefits, and the numbers are expected to soar in the months to come, reaching half a million by the end of September and 1.5 million by the end of the year, according to new projections by the National Employment Law Project, a private research group. . .



Anonymous Mairead said...

We need to have a world where the necessities of life are a right of citizenship. If you're a citizen in good standing, then your basic needs should be covered, and not meagerly.

There is something deeply, deeply pathological about a society in which the bad effects of decisions are felt only by those who had no part in taking those decisions.

August 1, 2009 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The human species will rid itself of the idea to allow limitless personal fortunes or it will succumb to the results of having the next and the next and the next wealthpower giants, ad infinitum.

August 1, 2009 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you realize one man's downstream is another man's upstream it becomes obvious that society must become socialistic. Otherwise it won't survive except possibly in a very brutal form. However, for a socialistic society to work, i.e. be sustainable, the responsibilities expected from citizens must balance out the benefits that inure to them. To those who say this can never work, I say this: then we shall forever be the victims of greedy plutocrats.

August 1, 2009 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Socialism is glorified theft.

August 2, 2009 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

And Capitalism is brutal theft. If you prefer brutality to glory, A1225, then either you're one of the perps, and a psychopath, or you're one of the victims and should be in residential care for the cognitively disabled.

August 2, 2009 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it so many morons support robbing rich people at gunpoint - which is what taxation really is - to give handouts to the poor? All the poor have to do to get enough money for everything they want - even get rich themselves - is work for it. Sure, that means finding rich people to give you a job, but what's so wrong about that?

Look around at the real reasons for poverty there are two main ones: laziness and stupidity. You can do OK if you suffer from just one - but if you suffer from both, you're screwed. The focus of public education should be to hammer this lesson home to those too lazy and stupid to work it out for themselves during the 12 or so years we force them to attend.

August 3, 2009 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

That's quite easy to answer, A623: turnabout is fair play.

Except that it isn't, because the tax laws that transfer a little wealth from the rich to the poor don't begin to compare with the myriad of laws that transfer enormous chunks of wealth from the poor to the rich.

But individuals like you never look at those other laws, do you. You believe in the "vile maxim" that Adam Smith identified: "all for ourselves and nothing for other people".

August 4, 2009 8:25 AM  

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