Georgia’s long-term unemployed about to be abandoned

Unless the state Legislature reverses course quickly, 22,000 Georgia households are going to be stripped of badly needed long-term unemployment benefits by the end of June.

The money may not seem like much — an average of $244 a week per household. But for Georgia families that already have had to survive months without a regular paycheck in the worst economic environment in 80 years, it’s at least something. It helps put food on the table.

But with only four days left in the 2011 session, state leaders are oddly reluctant to take action that would save those benefits.

It ought to be a no-brainer. The money at stake — Georgia’s share would come to an estimated $175 million — has already been appropriated by Congress. Other states with high unemployment rates have already taken steps to accept their share. Georgia leaders have to demonstrate their own willingness to accept it by passing a small, technical change in state law, but so far, they’ve balked.

The question is why.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, notes that as a member of Congress, Deal voted against extended unemployment benefits and is philosophically opposed to them. As governor, Robinson says, Deal is “studying the issue very closely” but hasn’t decided yet whether he would sign the necessary bill into law.

“We’re fine with the Legislature moving forward on it” while the governor makes up his mind, Robinson said. But Deal will neither champion nor oppose the move.

As head of the state Department of Labor, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is responsible for administering unemployment benefits and looking out for Georgia workers. But through spokesman Sam Hall, Butler is also taking an oddly passive position.

“The commissioner would support whatever the governor and the Legislature decide to do on the matter,” Hall told me Wednesday.

Of course, it’s not just the long-term unemployed who would benefit from the program. The $175 million at stake would be used to buy groceries at local stores. It would be used to pay rent to landlords, or perhaps fend off foreclosures that in turn would help keep neighorhood property values from plummeting. It would also generate millions of dollars in state income tax revenue.

If the money is rejected, none of that happens.

Despite all that, neither the governor nor the labor commissioner want to be seen as supportive of the idea. They don’t want to be perceived as opposing it; that would make them look heartless and cruel. But given the ideology that dominates their party, they also can’t be seen as advocating assistance for the long-term unemployed.

So they choose to “study the issue” or pretend they have no role. They dump the responsibility on legislators, many of whom are no doubt making the same sort of political calculation as their leaders have. They too don’t want to be seen as killing the program, but many may be perfectly willing to let it die.

Choosing to do nothing is still a choice, however. And it will still have consequences, both for those who can’t find jobs and for the politicians who lacked enough courage and spine to take action.

If legislators follow the example set by the governor and labor commissioner and no action is taken before the session ends, 22,000 hard-up Georgia families in communities across the state will lose their financial lifeline come June 30. They and their extended families and friends will have every right to feel betrayed by state leaders who were elected to serve them, but who chose to serve themselves instead by doing nothing.

– Jay Bookman

590 comments Add your comment

Adam

March 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

Joe Cool

March 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

godless heathen

March 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

Almost time to pick the Vidalias.

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

“They and their extended families and friends will have every right to feel betrayed by state leaders who were elected to serve them, but who chose to serve themselves instead by doing nothing.”

As I’ve said: time to move (to another country)

Handouts forever aren’t the answer. If you’re not an entrepreneur, go where the jobs are.

Kamchak

March 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

What's My line

March 30th, 2011
4:11 pm

Choosing to do nothing is still a choice, however.

Did md put you up to this.

Joe Cool

March 30th, 2011
4:11 pm

They’ll choose to do nothing, then when the outcry happens, thats when they’ll blame everybody else and the same fools who voted them in (one rec’n these benefits) will vote them in again.

@@

March 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

“We’re fine with the Legislature moving forward on it” while the governor makes up his mind, Robinson said. But Deal will neither champion nor oppose the move.

Deal and Obama have a lot in common.

From downstairs:

@@ @ 1:31: I won’t be pulled into jay’s race baiting, so last comment on this thread.

jay @ 1:37: What absolute nonsense from @@:

How does that work exactly?

Talking to yourself, jay?

How? By associating guilt with success. If enough guilt can be applied, mediocrity for ALL will be the “prize”.

For years, I’ve witnessed politicians (dems) claiming voter intimidation against “their people”. Now, there is evidence of voter intimidation by black activists and everyone is being encouraged to ignore it…it’s of no consequence.

It’s public perception, jay. I’ve got a neighbor (Black Tea Party) who’s pithed about the black panther incident Why? Because he was called a racist sell-out at a rally in Atlanta. Called a racist by one of his own!!??!!

He just wants to be seen as an equal, and…

it looks like your team doesn’t want it that way.

It’s good for thee but not for he or vice versa. It gets confusing.

What's My line

March 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

jm,

you keep talking about greener pastures in other countries but I’ll bet you’re still here in the USofA. I hear Ireland is a conservative’s paradise.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Think of the new Mercedes that those checks buy. Why no wonder I heard yesterday that the Mercedes dealership laidoff a number of people.

Time to sell Whole Foods. [snark]

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

What’s My Line 4:11 – he stole it from a Democratically appointed federal judge ruling on the Insurance Mandate. :)

md

March 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Yes, money has been appropriated, but if I’m not mistaken, it is in the form of loans………the question then becomes “where does the money come from to pay it back?”.

The States are already cutting to the bone to balance their budgets……now this adds more they don’t already have.

It is not a simple answer……..giving to one will be taking from another…………

@@

March 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

What’s My line 4:13 – funny you should mention that. Long shot discussion tomorrow AM with a company with plenty of offices in Asia….

What's My line

March 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

@@ sure is carrying a lot of excess baggage. Does Jay charge extra for all those carry-ons.

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

you are mistaken, md. It is an outright appropriation; no loans involved.

Rich Dude

March 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

When the State stops paying benefits, the unemployed can start cutting my lawn at what I deem fair market value. $5/hr.

md

March 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

“President Obama, in his new budget plan, called for suspending for two years the interest payments states must make on their federal unemployment loans. But it then would raise the unemployment tax on employers responsible for paying back the federal money.”

And how many jobs will be lost with those tax increases??

Sounds like a circle………….

@@

March 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

WML:

Just looking out for jay. Didn’t want readers only to think he was daft…talking to himself and all.

Let it go

March 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

@@ – it’s a new blog, give it a rest from downstairs already….

md

March 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

“you are mistaken, md. It is an outright appropriation; no loans involved.”

Have a link for that?? I see the money coming as loans…………

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

“…22,000 Georgia households…”

Not to worry.

I suspect that 21,998 of those households are in College Park…

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

1,000+ pages of health-care rules?

Health care lobbyists and advocates are bracing for six pages of the health care reform law to explode into a phonebook-sized federal regulation when the Department of Health and Human Services releases its long-delayed accountable care organization rule expected this week.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52170.html#ixzz1I7GYbOPV

oh goody

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

If we incented the illegal aliens to go back home, via HB 87, that would open up some jobs for the long term unemployed.

Just sayin’…………….

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

The loans from the feds to the states cover the first 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, which states are supposed to finance. Many, such as Georgia, have exhausted those funds, in Georgia’s case because years ago we stopped collecting the taxes needed to build a surplus.

The $175 million in question is federal money for the longterm unemployed in states with a high unemployment rate. Again, it is not a loan.

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

AmVet,

“I suspect that 21,998 of those households are in College Park…”

Of course that is the total population of College Park…

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

Maybe the long-term employed are tired of supporting the long-term unemployed.

Just sayin’…………..

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

“What, you expected less than a thousand pages for legislation that only took a page and half?” a staffer with one of the current proto-ACOs asked.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52170.html#ixzz1I7Gqk236

WOW

March 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

“The question is why.”

Better question. Where are all the jobs Obama promised back in 08?

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

At one point, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick had suggested the rules would be out by Jan. 15. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who had promised that the regulations would be out by the end of March, said last week that they’d be out “in the next couple weeks.”

The silence has left room for plenty of speculation. Several industry sources have told POLITICO that they’re expecting at least 1,000 pages of regulations to emerge from the process.

One of them is John Gorman, a former official with the predecessor office to CMS who is now CEO of the Medicare/Medicaid consulting firm Gorman Health Group. He said he expects the rule to come out on Thursday, March 31—because he doesn’t think HHS will want to deal with releasing the regulation on April Fool’s Day.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52170.html#ixzz1I7H5br2h

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

“Many, such as Georgia, have exhausted those funds, in Georgia’s case because years ago we stopped collecting the taxes needed to build a surplus.”

When did that happen? I had to pay unemployment insurance when I employed a nanny.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Does anybody know if the employers of illegal aliens are paying unemployment insurance?

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) launched a petition Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to oust General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt as the head of the White House’s jobs panel, if the executive doesn’t step down voluntarily.

Feingold’s complaint stems from recent revelations that GE will pay no taxes this year, despite making more than $5 billion in the United States in 2010.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52240.html#ixzz1I7HBXbge

Evil tax dodgers….

WOW

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

“Georgia’s long-term unemployed about to be abandoned”

Jay and the Democrats want people to be unemployed. If Jay really wanted people in Georgia to have jobs, he’d have sense enough to ask to the guy who currently resides in the White House and makes economic policy.

NIght Train

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

So if the state stops paying the benefit, my employer can stop paying the unemployment payroll tax, right!

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

md, I’ve been on the phone all day with the governor’s people, the Labor Department, employment attorneys, etc. There are no loans involved.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

“Better question. Where are all the jobs Obama promised back in 08?”

Same place as his birth certificate.

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Harry Callahan,

“Maybe the long-term employed are tired of supporting the long-term unemployed.”

I suspect the great majority of those long-term unemployed would really rather having a job. How many jobs bills has the House passed since the Republican’s have taken over again. I forget…

Dusty

March 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Would someone please tell Bookman that the Feds and the states DO NOT have any money. The word is BROKE! That is why talking about borowing money that is borrowed is wrong, crazy, needless, mindless, unproductive, financially foolish, etc. etc.

Liberals seem to love a tsunami debt. Now ask WHY????

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Maybe the long-term employed are tired of supporting the long-term unemployed

Yea that’s it. $244 a week of support, but millions in tax breaks and credits to corporations who are not paying taxes already and making billions…..

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

WOW 4:22 – he only promised Hope and Change, not JOBS.

He delivered hope, people found out its not worth much. And he delivered change, the kind they don’t like.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

“How many jobs bills has the House passed since the Republican’s have taken over again. I forget…”

Same number as Obama passed when the Democrats controlled both houses. That help you remember?

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

jcb, shhhh!

As long as this corporate foisted economic meltdown continues to affect no Republicans, everything is copasetic. (eye roll)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDAmPIq29ro

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

“Yea that’s it. $244 a week of support, but millions in tax breaks and credits to corporations who are not paying taxes already and making billions…..”

Your people have been in charge since Jan 2009. Are you hoping for a change in tax policy?

Joe Cool

March 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

“Same place as his birth certificate.”

HAHA….Harry, dont be mad you guys lost. Maybe 2016 might be ya’lls year. Doubt it though.

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Harry Callahan,

“Same number as Obama passed when the Democrats controlled both houses.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/us/politics/19jobs.html

Really…hmmm. Democrats did not control both houses in March 2010?

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Any corporation, GE included, has the responsibility to pay as little tax as the law allows, thereby maximizing profits. Shareholders demand this and rightfully so.

WOW

March 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

“he only promised Hope and Change, not JOBS.”

I seem to remember him saying that the stimulus package would create shovel ready jobs.

“How many jobs bills has the House passed since the Republican’s have taken over again.”

I love how left wingers don;t have any answers to their failed cult leaders economic agenda.

Hey, whatever happened to Obama’s “laserlike” focus on jobs?

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

JC…so where’s the jobs from that awesome jobs bill?

Can't We All Just Get Unemployed

March 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

Obama’s doing all he can to help with unemployment. He thought he could create more jobs without complaints from the Republicans by starting new wars, since Republicans generally love wars, but even that effort has met opposition from the GOP. Now, job creation is in Boehner’s hands. He did campaign on that and now he must deliver or else he must force states such as Georgia to accept the federal handouts that they would normally take without question (from a Republican president) and use them to support the near-terminally unemployed.

Dave R.

March 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

Screw the long-term unemployed!

If you can’t find a freakin’ job that pays AT LEAST $225 per week in more than a year, you’re either aiming too high, or your just hopeless.

Dave R.

March 30th, 2011
4:31 pm

Now THAT comment ought to be a shining beacon on the top of the page! :D

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:31 pm

WOW 4:29 – it got scattered in that crystal skull of his.

WOW

March 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

“Maybe 2016 might be ya’lls year. Doubt it though.”

Sucks to be you, Joe.

Poll: Obama’s approval hits new low

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52208.html

Sure does

March 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Harry said it best – neither side has delivered on jobs. Makes you wonder – are they capable of delivering jobs? Is it even their role to deliver jobs? I thought the free market would dictate job growth.

Left wing management

March 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

The $175 million at stake would be used to buy groceries at local stores. It would be used to pay rent to landlords, or perhaps fend off foreclosures that in turn would help keep neighorhood property values from plummeting. It would also generate millions of dollars in state income tax revenue.

Jay, how 20th Century of you to try using rationality and a straightforward appeal to common morality and decency to an economic problem. Haven’t you heard? The market is all. So if it means feeding up our children to the machine, then we just do it dutifully. Besides, haven’t you heard such Keynesian ideas as a multiplier effect of such infusion of cash into the economy is wild-eyed socialism which we decent Georgians mustn’t compromise with?

@@

March 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Let It Go:

@@ – it’s a new blog, give it a rest from downstairs already….

Permission to be rude?

Alrighty din!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Harry, not true but don’t let reality get in the way. You may also posit that corporations have a responsibility not to make charitale contributions and should pay that money to shareholders, but others disagree. Corporations who lobby for tax loopholes and who fail to pay fair share of US taxes may find that they face a backlash. Some corporate leaders consider it their responsibility to pay appropriate taxes fairly.

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

“Screw the long-term unemployed!”

Dave R. says what the governor merely thinks.

Which is why, I suppose, he’s governor.

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

md

March 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

“The $175 million in question is federal money for the longterm unemployed in states with a high unemployment rate. Again, it is not a loan.”

OK…I was mistaken on the extended money involved……..but to say there are no loans is also inaccurate……….since the feds also have no money, we take out loans from China to cover……..

Big picture, the money still has to come from somewhere………and since we don’t have it at the State or Federal level, we will more than likely have to cut something else out……so again, no simple answer………..it is not as cut and dried as you want to make it.

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Harry Callahan,

“so where’s the jobs from that awesome jobs bill?”

Well, 1st Obama arrested the free-fall in layoffs, then came the jobs…

http://www.wealthvest.com/blog/tag/nancy-pelosi/

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cbd645d6-5ac3-11e0-8900-00144feab49a,s01=1.html#axzz1I7K1FNRv

WOW

March 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

“Which is why, I suppose, he’s governor.”

Delta is ready when you are, Jay. There are plenty of failing blue states that would love to have you.

Left wing management

March 30th, 2011
4:35 pm

WOW: Poll: Obama’s approval hits new low

Yay. With any luck that will continue …

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:35 pm

America is overpopulated. Time to move to Asia.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:35 pm

“Some corporate leaders consider it their responsibility to pay appropriate taxes fairly.”

If GE weren’t paying taxes appropriately, the IRS would be filing charges. They are entirely legal.

md

March 30th, 2011
4:36 pm

“Feingold’s complaint stems from recent revelations that GE will pay no taxes this year, despite making more than $5 billion in the United States in 2010.”

As NBC remains silent on the issue………………..

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

Harry Callahan,

“so where’s the jobs from that awesome jobs bill?”

And I must also say, nice deflection. So are you still saying that Obama created as many jobs bills as the current Republican controlled house?

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

It’s no fun preaching to the converted, WOW,

Joe Cool

March 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.

Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment.

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

The post BushCorp devastation will take a long time to undo.

Even so, more bad news for the cons:

Job cuts are down 39% from a year ago and employment is averaging an uptick of about 200,000 per month.

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

Jay, look at it this way. The state is turning down something not to different than something like the cornhusker kickback.

There is an argument to be made, that the Feds are borrowing the money, and everyone should stop taking borrowed money. If every state did this (blues never would), then the Feds might finally get the message.

Dusty

March 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

Folks, Bookman wants you to think about the poor jobless not getting government money when ( you are in debt) there is no money to give away.

Stop superfulous giveaways until the federal debt has started receeding. It hasn’t yet. That is what states count on to rescue them. You cannot give away what you don’t have.

poison pen

March 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

Jay, while I support the benefits, I would like to know what the Technicality is.

itpdude

March 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

Joe is not so cool. He’s number 2.

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

Dusty, then at least be consistent.

And preach that welfare for the wealthy and income redistribution UP the ladder is an even greater sin.

md

March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

“President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.”

Good for him……….he better have a hit squad looking for Qaddafi since he already has a hit squad looking for that rogue american in Yemen………….

Abrazos

March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

Cut their unemployment, cut their foodstamps. Kick ‘em out of their homes. Let ‘em starve! Let ‘em freeze! They can’t move because they can’t sell their houses or they can’t sell them because they’re underwater on their mortgages. And let’s not forget that if any of YOU bought a dwelling since 2007, you are probably underwater on your mortgage, too.

These fellow Georgians are on the ropes. Is the Governor is hoping all 22,000 families will have the courtesy to make eliminate themselves from his budget woes by joining hands together and drowning themselves in Lake Lanier?

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

“And I must also say, nice deflection. So are you still saying that Obama created as many jobs bills as the current Republican controlled house?”

If it didn’t create jobs, was it a jobs bill?

Dusty

March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

AmVet, 4:37
start being truthful. You cannot blame Bush for everything when he’s been gone for two years. Haven’t you noticed yet?

We do have another president. Kapeche?

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

“It’s no fun preaching to the converted”

Wonder if that means Jay thinks Blue states are bust, or if he’d be happy to catch a Delta flight to a blue state…..

Joe Cool

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

“Joe is not so cool. He’s number 2.”

Bettter than 8th like @@ :-)

poison pen

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

AmVet, I don’t think the job picture is as rosy as you picture, and people are still losing their homes at an alarming rate. I support helping people laid off, but our country is not out of the woods by a long shot.

ty webb

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

“And preach that welfare for the wealthy and income redistribution UP…”

good grief…please amvet, stick to race baiting. You’re better at that.

hahaha!!!

March 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

Hey Gay, where is the law that forbids you from giving up your entire salary to handout ro whomever or how ever you want? Why do you want your neighbors to pay for agenda yet you refuse to yourself?

Just curious big guy….

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

“Well, 1st Obama arrested the free-fall in layoffs, then came the jobs…”

It was 8% when he took over, rose to 10%, and remians stuck there. Nice try though.

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

If every state did this (blues never would)…

jm, ask Jay about the 24 states carried by McCain…

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

“Bookman wants you to think about the poor jobless not getting government money when ( you are in debt) there is no money to give away.”

And Dusty wants you to think that the US is broke (which it isn’t) in order to push through ideological cuts that do little to address the budget deficit at the expense of the most vulnerable of our society. The time when gov’t spending is important is exactly at times like these…not in times of excess.

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:44 pm

RESET BUTTON.

Hitting the snooze button doesn’t reset your clock. Our economy is toast and all jacked up on printed roids and morphine credit. Gravity will reassert itself soon enough.

Double dip anyone? Laws of gravity have not been refuted and there’s too much burnt capital….

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:44 pm

Harry Callahan,

“If it didn’t create jobs, was it a jobs bill?”

Still deflecting huh?

md

March 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

Like oil, money is finite………not too sure why folks can’t understand that.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

““Feingold’s complaint stems from recent revelations that GE will pay no taxes this year, despite making more than $5 billion in the United States in 2010.”

You and Mr. feingold need to do some reading. The have tax credits from previous years where the OVERPAID. Even the NYTimes said so.

Reading comprehension.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

So harry, what about those penalties and tax audits that GE mentions in their annual reports….I guess they dont pay all of their taxes lawfully. They have lost a few disputed provisions too. Let’s be honest….but then my post was not about unlawful act, it was about appropriate acts.

Dusty

March 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

AmVet,

Are you saying this country is NOT in debt?

Most wealthy people got rich by being smart and working hard. Hating them because they could do that does not make you look any better or richer. It just makes you look envious.

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

“And Dusty wants you to think that the US is broke (which it isn’t) ”

Guess it depend on your definition of “broke”. What’s the current debt? $13 trillion, and rising at $1 trillion annually? At what point are we “broke” Sherlock?

jm

March 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

Our economy is like some of the turkeys around here who smoke pot.

“Everythings all cool, I’m high, whatever dude, its all good.”

Then they wake up, a whole lot dumber and less productive.

Jay

March 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

OK, poison, but remember, you asked:

Under the previous program, states had to do a two-year “lookback” of their unemployment rates to document the fact that in the previous two years they had a bigger jobless problem than other states (only the worst-hit states are eligible.)

When Congress authorized the renewal of the extended benefits in December, it decided to require a three-year “lookback,” a minor tweak in the law. Ga.’s Legislature had to authorize that change.

Now you know why I didn’t put all that in the column.

AmVet

March 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

pen, rosy?

Oy.

Warning, do not read this ty. Ignorance is bliss…

http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

Harry Callahan

March 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

“Still deflecting huh?”

No. The bill created no jobs. It was either;

A) Really intended to do somehting else, under the guise of “creating jobs” or
B) A miserable failure

I’ll let you decide if it was A) or B)

jewcowboy

March 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

Harry Callahan,

So now we are comparing unemployment rate to the number of jobs created? Just throwing everything at the wall to so if it sticks, aren’t we?