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  •  There are a couple of reasons for the (4+ / 0-)

    Con attitude towards unemployment compensation, none of which have anything to do with the unemployed:

    1) Subsidizing short-term unemployment is mainly designed to assist corporate employers who need to shutter plant, either for retooling or for seasonal slumps. In other words, the fund is designed to assist employers with significant numbers of workers who can be persuaded to vote "right" for the corporation's angels in Congress.

    2) The "return on investment" from the unemployment fund has not been as expected during recent elections. While the Taxed Enough Already people are decried, the sacrifice of the unemployed in their name is a sort of payback. Innocents always have to suffer for the Cons' mistakes.

    3) The quantity of dollars whose disbursement Congress actually controls has been steadily shrinking by virtue of the Democrats' insistence that Congress keep hands off "designated" funds like SSI and Medicare and, now, the subsidies for the ACA. If they can't target dollars, how will they buy their re-election?  By depriving ACORN of more dollars? By threatening women with vaginal inspections?  By pissing off the Vatican?

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    by hannah on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 10:42:26 AM PST

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