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  •  Gov Art Pope here in NC (6+ / 0-)

    has commanded his puppet to slash benefits permanently to pay for the cuts in payments to UI by businesses since the nineties.

    The ultimate in Disaster Capitalism, create a crisis via trickledown and pay for it down the road with more of the same.

    The race to the bottom continues...

    "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

    by Jim R on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:21:37 PM PST

    •  It's going to pass in NC - 26 weeks to 12, and ... (5+ / 0-)

      $550 maximum benefit down to $350.

      R.I.P. North Carolina - It was nice while you were becoming a progressive state, to now falling down and being relegated to back of the Southern bus of civility, and plantation mentality.

      “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

      by LamontCranston on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:52:57 PM PST

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      •  85,000 affected (3+ / 0-)

        to say nothing of the anti-Keynesian effects. Added Randian bonus points? The first state to cut so much they'll lose millions in federal dollars. Genius!

        "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

        by Jim R on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:10:24 PM PST

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        •  It's twice that - 170,000 (4+ / 0-)
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          NC Republicans = Imbeciles

          Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth Harris, who took the unusual step of issuing a news release on a piece of state legislation.

          If enacted, the legislation also would cut off all federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation – that is, benefits after 26 weeks of unemployment – to 170,000 unemployed North Carolinians. This cutoff is automatic under federal law. I have no discretion to stop it. As a result, families struggling to secure their place in the middle class will suffer a grievous blow, and the state's economy will lose $780 million in federal funds that are vital to reducing North Carolina's high unemployment rate.

          http://www.wral.com/...

          Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

          by bear83 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:53:57 PM PST

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        •  Gee, they must really want to expand their (2+ / 0-)
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          medicaid enrolloment!

          /sn

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