The Neosecularist

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Extending Job Benefits Helps No One, But…

There are just too many Americans who want to be lazy.  This is the crux of Nancy Pelosi’s plea for an extension of unemployment benefits.  What does extending job benefits always do?  It extends the amount of time an individual is unemployed, precisely because there is not that urgency in finding a job.  The longer a person is able to stay unemployed, the longer they will ultimately remain unemployed.  Let’s face it, we all hate real work.  When we only had 26 weeks of state funded unemployment – what happened?  We found work, either within that 26 week time frame, or damn near too it.  So, what is the logical end result of extending unemployment benefits going to be?

Said Pelosi:

“Christmas is 10 days away.  The president and Democrats in Congress have been very clear.  We’re not going home without enacting a payroll tax cut for America’s working families and extending unemployment insurance for millions of Americans.”

How many millions of unemployed Americans are simply milking their time off, collecting however much in unemployment they are “entitled” to, just kicking back, relaxing, waiting?  Now, Nancy Pelosi wants to extend the vacation time for America’s lazy.  Granted, there are unemployed Americans who are seriously looking for work, and while unemployment benefits, in of themselves, are not bad, if we are ever going to get out of this economic mess, this recession we are in – is keeping more Americans artificially unemployed going to kick start the economy?

Pelosi continued:

“The unemployment insurance extension is not only good for individuals. It has a macroeconomic impact. As macroeconomic advisers have stated, it would make a difference of 600,000 jobs to our economy.”

How does keeping Americans unemployed “make a difference”?  We need job creation and job growth.  Our government is engaged in stagnation.  Our government is unwittingly – or perhaps purposely, preventing our economy from recovering by extending unemployment benefits.  Maybe that is what Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party have had planned all along.  Extending unemployment benefits means more government dependence.  More government dependence always helps the Democrats.

If we are ever going to lift America out of this recession, we need less people on unemployment and more people working.  If extending unemployment benefits is an obstacle to passing legislation that would help pull America out of this recession, this is a perfect opportunity for Republicans to make a grand deal with Democrats.  In other words, let the Democrats have their extension, but make damn sure included in the bill is real cuts in taxes and tax rates.  For example, put a five year moratorium on both capital gains and capital gains taxes, after which bring them both back at a competitive 9%.

Do something that benefits business, as well as those who are currently unemployed.  Do something positive that would put millions of Americans back to work, making a real wage or salary that doesn’t cut into business profits, rather than compel the unemployed to remain unemployed, and stay unemployed indefinitely.  Do something that puts real money and substantial savings into the hands of American business, money that can use right now to grow their business and allow them to compete, hire new employees, provide raises, bonuses and other benefits for all their employees.

Nancy Pelosi clearly just doesn’t get it.  She says:

“Again this is important because this is about the safety net not just for these individuals, but for our economic system that, in times of unemployment, we have a safety net and that is important.”

The only “safety net” she is concerned with is that voting block which the Democrat Party can hold on to to ensure their reelection.   No economy benefits with more people unemployed, and remaining unemployed for longer and longer periods.  No economy can sustain millions of its workforce remaining out of work, idle, and subsidized perpetually by government.

Millions of Americans enjoy being unemployed, and relish collecting a government check.  Obviously, there are still those millions of American that desperately want work, and are earnestly searching for employment.  For the sake of the millions of Americans who truly want work, for the sake of our economy, for the sake of our country – don’t pass any type of legislation that simply allows the imbalance of unemployed versus employed to get any worse that it already is.

Any legislation, even if it includes an extension of unemployment benefits, must also provide tax relief for businesses so they can begin creating the jobs America, and Americans need, to put our economy back on the road to recovery.

And for those Americans who truly are lazy, who truly don’t want to work, who truly just want to sit back and collect a government check?

If politicians do the right thing, if they pass real legislation, the people who have no real desire to go back to work are only screwing themselves.

However – if we pass an extension in unemployment benefits, and nothing else – everyone is screwed.

Why do we want to put ourselves in that situation?


December 16, 2011 - Posted by | Nancy Pelosi, politics, scams | , , , , , , ,

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