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  •  I've already said.... (0+ / 0-)

    that all 10 of those things are good ideas.

    I was asking specific to the the unemployment benefits.

    No, I am not in favor of the status quo with regard to Goldman Sachs.

    Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been...a nation of cowards. - Holder

    by malharden on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:27:12 PM PDT

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    •  Why do unemployment benefits need (8+ / 0-)

      to stop if someone is still unemployed?  If you believe this:

      I am not saying it's good to leave people with no social safety net.

      aren't unemployment benefits part of that safety net?

      Or government work programs like the WPA, CCC, etc., as the diarist suggested?

      •  Because a budget is not a blank check. (1+ / 0-)
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        The Gov't sets aside a certain amount of money to pay for things.

        If what you are saying is that anyone who does not have a job should be cared for, I don't disagree.

        But our current system of revenue and budgeting does not support that. The system can be changed, but under the current system we can only pay for things until we run out of ca$h.

        And yes, getting the frick out of the war would certainly make it easier to pay for other stuff here at home...

        Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been...a nation of cowards. - Holder

        by malharden on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 02:44:07 PM PDT

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        •  Right. A budget is a set of priorities. (2+ / 0-)
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          tmo, Brooke In Seattle

          Shouldn't the priority be keeping people off the streets, cared for, etc.?  So it seems to me the question should not be what is an appropriate end point for unemployment benefits, but how to change the priorities of the budget.

          And given the fact that we don't run out of cash--the Treasury can continue to print it, witness the wars or actions of the Fed--I think that's really the wrong way to frame things.

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