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We heard it so often -- it was enough to make a thinking person scream.

'We CAN'T do anything to frighten the "Jobs Creators," afterall they hold the future well-being of our Economy in their hands. This is why, year after year, loophole after tax loophole, we had to keep granting them on-gong extensions to the Bush Tax Cuts -- so that they might not do anything MORE drastic to our economy than they already had.'
Think of the poor "Jobs Creators" -- you tax them anymore and they just might leave the country.

DON'T think of the poor "The Unemployed" -- they couldn't 'leave' if they wanted to -- they're kind of over a desperation barrel, docha know?


Thankfully some pundits keep "The Unemployed" front and center:


Writing Off the Unemployed

by Paul Krugman, Op-Ed Columnist, nytimes.com -- Feb 9, 2014

[...]
What all of this suggests is that the long-term unemployed are mainly victims of circumstances -- ordinary American workers who had the bad luck to lose their jobs (which can happen to anyone) at a time of extraordinary labor market weakness, with three times as many people seeking jobs as there are job openings. Once that happened, the very fact of their unemployment made it very hard to find a new job.
[...]

If you follow debates over unemployment, it’s striking how hard it is to find anyone on the Republican side even hinting at sympathy for the long-term jobless. Being unemployed is always presented as a choice, as something that only happens to losers who don’t really want to work. Indeed, one often gets the sense that contempt for the unemployed comes first, that the supposed justifications for tough policies are after-the-fact rationalizations.

The result is that millions of Americans have in effect been written off -- rejected by potential employers, abandoned by politicians whose fuzzy-mindedness is matched only by the hardness of their hearts.

[emphasis added.]


And NOT-so thankfully some pundits want to kick "The Unemployed" over to the curb (unless they get their ransom demands):


MSNBC.com Whines ‘Congress Goes Home, Leaves Unemployed Behind’

by Jeffrey Meyer, newsbusters.org -- Feb 13, 2014

[...]
   By the smallest of margins, Republicans continue to block the renewal of federal jobless aid, and there’s nothing that Democrats can do until one GOP members moves over…The Republican-driven deadlock has been deeply infuriating for Donald Mohr, a 61-year-old manager who worked in manufacturing for more than 40 years before being laid off.
“It’s just a travesty-this is not what America is supposed to be about. They [Republicans]{sic} can rest assured when it comes time to vote, they’re not going to get mine again” groaned Mr. Mohr.

Khimm’s only evidence to support her argument were quotes from Mr. Mohr, who repeatedly slammed the GOP, and a poll from the liberal Public Policy Polling which suggested that “Republicans could indeed pay a political price for opposing the extension of jobless aid.”

The MSNBC reporter [Suzy Khimm], didn’t bother to mention that in reality it was Senate Majority Leader Harry Read {sic} (D-Nev.) who had objected to GOP attempts to extend unemployment benefits provided they were paid for. According to The Hill, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “wanted to offer at least two amendments that he said would help pay for the three-month extension: delaying ObamaCare's individual insurance mandate for one year and restoring a $6 billion cut in military retiree benefits.”
[...]

[emphasis added.]


Suurre ... the long-term unemployed can still get their subsistence checks -- if the GOP gets a few concessions that it wants first.

It's that Harry Reid's fault, that's how the corporate-booster Austerity Party, is spinning their lack of concern for millions of fellow Americans, who's most basic means of support is about to has already just vanished.

Sort of like Congress' track record for common sense and compassion ...


It's not like the Jobs will just magically appear -- that "Job Creator" ship has sailed.   (aka. "Take the GWB Tax Cut Money and Run.")

And it's not like the Congress will suddenly realize we have an aging, failing, decrepit infrastructure (much like themselves) -- in desperate need of Public Works programs, to keep Americans competitively moving into this bold new century.  To put out of work Americans, back to work NOW.

Aging, failing, decrepit politicians ... just DON'T think that far ahead, ANYMORE ... (as some sort of badge of honor. Go Figure!?  We used to call that "selfishness.")


What do the jobless do when the benefits end?

by Ylan Q. Mui, washingtonpost.com -- Feb 11, 2014

The end to federal jobless benefits for nearly 2 million people has sparked a bitter debate in Congress about whether Washington is abandoning desperate households or simply protecting strained government coffers.

It is also providing real-time answers to a question economists have long pondered: How do people survive when they suddenly have no money coming in?

Studies show that about a third of the people cut off from long-term unemployment benefits will find help from Social Security or other government programs. Others will cobble together dwindling savings or support from family. [...]

[...]
Regardless of whether they qualify for government help, the vast majority also rely on private sources of income -- a mishmash of personal savings, odd jobs, credit card debt and loans from friends and family, the report found. About half also live in two-person households without children, which means they are more likely to have another income to rely on.
[...]

[emphasis added.]


Real Americans in need, being abandoned by unreal politicians in DC.

I hope they remember this when it comes time to vote for those stone-cold members of Congress again.

Remember WHO took the plight of average Americans seriously -- and WHO just simply took -- yet another undeserved vacation.


... a Vacation from Doing Nothing! ... except making more dumb-ass excuses.




Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM PST.

Also republished by Unemployment Chronicles.

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Comment Preferences

  •  issue of agency: job creators & job craters (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Calamity Jean

    production/service requirements versus productivity requirements under inefficiency: productionrequirements/labor demand and job creation are not identical

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:21:03 AM PST

  •  here's a bit more (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, bgblcklab1

    on the Populist themes, just waiting for the Dems,

    to once again champion them:


    Want to Take Back the House?  Then Focus on the Issues ...
    by jamess -- Feb 14, 2014


    If we don't, who will?   Paul Rand?

  •  Unemployment benefits increase unemployment (4+ / 0-)

    according to Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta working paper. This study shows that college graduates should take low level service McJobs while they wait for better opportunities.

    I'm curious what jobs they recommend for the less educated they replace?

    Unfettered 'free-market' capitalism at work - jobs go to the lowest bidder even if the pay is not sustainable. America is fast becoming a banana republic run under neoliberal economic policies.

    Extended Benefits Kept U.S. Jobless Rate Higher, Study Says

    After the recession, extended jobless benefits kept the unemployment rate half a percentage point higher than it otherwise would have been, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
    ...
    One of the findings by Ms. Fang, an economist at the Atlanta Fed, and Mr. Nie, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in their paper was that extended benefits kept the unemployment rate higher than it otherwise would have been, especially for more-educated workers. Economic output was depressed because fewer people were working, but extended benefits also increased labor productivity because they “allowed unemployed workers to be more patient in selecting jobs” and find better matches, the economists wrote.

    Their findings follow earlier research by Makoto Nakajima, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mr. Nakajima estimated extended jobless benefits accounted for 1.2 percentage points of the jump in the unemployment rate from the end of 2007 to the fall of 2009.

    •  you raise some great questions CB (2+ / 0-)
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      oldpotsmuggler, Calamity Jean

      Here's mine,

      What makes 'the Invisible Hand of Unfettered Markets' SO 'PURE'?


      Especially when, at it most basic level, the motivations of the both Markets and Participants in a market, are more times than not, based on short-term, self-centered Greed?


      Who can build a long-term, stable, healthy Society,
      based on such crass, core, conflicting emotions?

    •  unaffordable 'jobs' are slavery. not jobs n/t (4+ / 0-)

      ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

      by in on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 10:24:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The problem is really how our employment markets (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jamess, Claudius Bombarnac

      are structured, you lose a high paying job and take an interim lower paying job, you will NEVER be allowed to re-enter your field even when the marketplace opens up.  If you are unemployed for a long period of time you are screwed and if you take a job out of your field or at a low level you are screwed.  Employers fire people at will and then pretend that the employee was at fault.  It is a completely crap system.

      •  nice analysis, thanks lhl (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Claudius Bombarnac

        we need more cut-the-fog

        explanations like that.

      •  Structure ? (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jamess, Claudius Bombarnac

         It's precisely why unions were created in the first place. When employers have the last word in who stays or goes, employees are screwed. When employers dictate wages and working conditions, employees are screwed.
          Unions also give the employers a great scapegoat as to why the business failed. It was the damn union that took my business into the tank, forget the poor decisions that management made or the excessive salary for management members, it was the damn unions.

          Enter VW in Tennessee. "The workers" voted NOT to have a union represent them, citing "fair" treatment and excellent wages already in place. We'll see how long that lasts. It had nothing to do with the threatening remarks by one Senator about job losses right ?

  •  Cause of and Solution to Unemployment (0+ / 0-)

    The real cause of the current unemployment problem and income inequality that has steadily increased since the early 1970’s is poorly regulated globalization with one big gap in tax policy. The solution is to tax the income of businesses who offshore jobs or import workers under H1B visas.

    Offshoring jobs is THEFT of the public investments such as education, federally funded R&D, use of infrastructure, and national defense/homeland security that supported the creation and protection of those jobs for American citizens.

    In economics, the theft of public property such as pollution of air or water is called a negative externality which is regulated with large fines (taxes).  New taxes on offshoring/importing workers will stop the theft of American jobs.

    The solution to a lack of good domestic American jobs is to eliminate the unfair business profit incentives for offshoring jobs and importing workers. Removing the business profit incentives will create nearly full employment with labor shortages and wages will be no longer unfairly depressed.

    Those incentives can be easily eliminated with a new tax of about 10% on all corporation annual revenue enabled by exporting any job/factory or importing workers.

    This change in tax policy wouldn’t violate any free trade agreements because it doesn’t impose tariffs on imported goods or services.

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