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Republicans Prevent Unemployment Benefit Extension For Third Time

June 30, 2010

Recall it is the GOP that wants to be put back in charge again…..

For the third time in three weeks, Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday successfully filibustered a bill to continue providing unemployment checks to millions of people.

But since Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine voted with Democrats to advance the $33 billion measure, its passage seems assured next month once a replacement is named for Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died on Monday. Democrats would then have a filibuster-proof majority for the bill.

About 1.3 million people who have been out of work for more than six months have already lost jobless checks averaging about $300 a week when benefits began running out earlier this month.

2 Comments
  1. willl from colorado permalink
    June 30, 2010 10:21 PM

    Patrick. It will come to that. The future labor shortage is a myth. Only hi-tech and service jobs will remain in America. People will be required to take six-months off of work per year. Stipends will become the norm.

  2. Patrick permalink
    June 30, 2010 9:42 PM

    I say good. But you might want to check out the work of Charles Murray who writes about a basic income for all. His idea is that the government should just pay each adult $10,000 (or “X” amount) and then forget about all the foolishness about forcing people to “look” for work in an economy which will not have enough jobs for full employment. While this sounds expensive, you would eliminate medicare, welfare and many other entitlement departments from the government and thus save the costs of administering these programs. His idea begins to make sense when you consider how much it must cost our inefficient government to send out a check, verify that people are looking for work, etc… City Journal did a story about some government types in Germany considering this reform. I bet that between this and a flat tax, you could solve a lot of the nation’s problems.

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