Sunday, June 30, 2013

It's Called "Culling the Herd"

There is nothing else that it can be called, this war against people who find themselves unemployed and underemployed because Congress and the White House won't do one goddamned thing about it.

So what do our worthless elected officials do? They demonize the unemployed in order to create class tensions between these "have-nots" and the "haves," who are employed. This merely directs attention away from the gangsters robbing the taxpayers blind.

The states are jumping on the bandwagon that the unemployed are a bunch of lazy leeches:

In general, modern conservatives believe that our national character is being sapped by social programs that, in the memorable words of Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, “turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” More specifically, they believe that unemployment insurance encourages jobless workers to stay unemployed, rather than taking available jobs.

Is there anything to this belief? The average unemployment benefit in North Carolina is $299 a week, pretax; some hammock. So anyone who imagines that unemployed workers are deliberately choosing to live a life of leisure has no idea what the experience of unemployment, and especially long-term unemployment, is really like. Still, there is some evidence that unemployment benefits make workers a bit more choosy in their job search. When the economy is booming, this extra choosiness may raise the “non-accelerating-inflation” unemployment rate — the unemployment rate at which inflation starts to rise, inducing the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates and choke off economic expansion.

But of course there are few jobs of ANY kind to be "choosy" about.

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