Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Republican Joy: Getting Rid of those Unemployed Freeloaders

The Republicans must be rejoicing.  The number of people collecting unemployment benefits is declining.  Some 2 million Americans have been unemployed so long they are no longer eligible to receive unemployment checks.   The average duration of unemployment is now at 39 weeks, approaching the record of 41 weeks back in the days of the Great Depression.  At the same time, the unemployment rate dipped to 9.0% thanks to tens of thousands of people who has just given up looking for work.

So we have the Republican plan to fix unemployment.  Just let people go jobless until they give up and are no longer eligible for benefits and guess what?  The Government spends less and the unemployment rate declines.  Never mind that millions of Americans are going hungry and homeless.

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