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This story just breaks my heart:

A homeless single mother in Arizona who struggled to make ends meet is in jail after she allegedly left her children in her car while she went on a job interview.

"She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job," Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark told KPHO. "Obviously not getting the job. So it's just a sad situation."

Being broke isn't cheap.  Things still cost money.  Finding a job requires travel expenses, proper attire, employment preparation, means of communication, and oh yeah -- babysitters.  I understand not everyone will feel that way about this case but one thing this woman is not is some lazy moocher.  Said the woman who is organizing a fundraiser for her:

"There are a lot of us who feel she was just a victim to what an economy like this is putting struggling families through..."

Someone please tell congress.

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  •  The economy needs unemployment insurance (4+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk, cjtjc, chimene, Calamity Jean

    we have structured our economy to have a certain amount of unemployment at any given time to provide for a fluid labor market.  This means we KNOW that many people will be unemployed from time to time.  Without UI, the economic costs of this disruption could become much larger as housing gets foreclosed on, medical issues get unattended, etc. etc.

    It is cheaper for the economy as a whole to provide UI so that the transaction costs associated with having a large pool of available employees does not get so large and drag down the economy.

    Compassion is one reason.  COmmon sense is another.

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