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War on the Unemployed

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Other than the journalist using the time “war” when describing a groups negative opinion on a said group, that being  the “unemployed”, I think this was a marvelous article. I believe it was Bill Maher who noted: it’s become to popular using war metaphors when talking about addressing issues (ie. War on Women, War on Poverty, War on Terrorism, War on Drugs) which is even worse seeing how our countries been in almost a never ending serious of wars. That being said, yes it is very important to emphasize the importance of not using war metaphors when addressing issues, especially in our country.

There were still some strong points made though:

“Is life too easy for the unemployed? You may not think so, and I certainly don’t think so. But that, remarkably, is what many and perhaps most Republicans believe. And they’re acting on that belief: there’s a nationwide movement under way to punish the unemployed, based on the proposition that we can cure unemployment by making the jobless even more miserable.”

“As is the case everywhere, many of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more, thanks to a national environment in which there are three times as many people seeking work as there are job openings. Nonetheless, (North Carolina) has just sharply cut aid to the unemployed. In fact, the Republicans controlling that government were so eager to cut off aid that they didn’t just reduce the duration of benefits; they also reduced the average weekly benefit, making the state ineligible for about $700 million in federal aid to the long-term unemployed.”

“In general, modern conservatives believe that our national character is being sapped by social programs that, in the memorable words of Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, “turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” More specifically, they believe that unemployment insurance encourages jobless workers to stay unemployed, rather than taking available jobs. Is there anything to this belief? The average unemployment benefit in North Carolina is$299 a week, pretax; some hammock.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/opinion/krugman-the-war-on-the-unemployed.html?ref=paulkrugman&_r=0

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