Bloomberg, Spider-Man fight New York unemployment
Reuters - Bernd Debusmann Jr. - Daniel Trotta - 1 hour ago
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and comic superhero Spider-Man joined forces to fight unemployment in the city in a full-color, eight-page comic ...Mayor Bloomberg & Spider-Man Team To Fight NY Unemployment - Newsarama
Mayor Bloomberg Teams Up With Spider-Man to Fight Unemployment ... - DNAinfo
Spider-Man, Bloomberg fight New York unemployment - Forexyard
Creative Loafing Atlanta - New York Times
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My kids went to public schools. I would drop them off at pre-K and I assume that they had a fairly normal and universal experience. Maybe I'm wrong. But I can remember, for example, my oldest son begging me not to leave because they'd sorted all the kids into groups and he was in Big Bird's group and not Cookie Monster's. They did that for most of my children, the schools divided them up into groups and used Sesame Street characters. I thought that was a mistake unless you were going to allow the kids to pick because you don't know what's going on in their home and maybe, for example, Oscar the Grouch isn't right for the little kid who's already got issues with hand me down clothes (I'm thinking of a little boy that was in my second oldest girl's class) -- pairing him with the character who lives in the garbage can is not going to help him and may embarrass him.
So I thought about all that while reading the items above (and I did click on the links and read the stories that you see -- not the additional 218 more articles). And I thought, what if I were a little girl right now and I lived in Flint, Michigan or Tuscon, Arizona? What if I did and my daddy was out of work and my mommy was too? And there's Spiderman trying to improve NYC's unemployment rate?
I'd probably wonder when Spiderman planned to help my parents?
I think a lot of times politicians think they're being cute and they're not. If I were Marvel Comics, Spiderman would not have taken part in the press conference with Bloomberg or with the mini-comic book (eight pages).
Yesterday we talked about how unemployment benefits not only assisted those in need, they also helped our country's economy. So you might think that the Congress was getting right on renewing the benefits before they run out. You would be wrong.
Sticking it to the unemployed
Los Angeles Times - 1 hour ago
Washington is poised to stop providing extended unemployment benefits despite the huge number of laid-off workers, the paucity of job openings, ...Lame Duck Congress: Don't Let Unemployment Benefits Expire - Huffington Post (blog)
Federal unemployment extension programs ending - WPDE
Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire for 6000 Southern Tier New Yorkers - WENY-TV
US Money Talk News - OCRegister
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What kind of a world is it when the economy's still tanking and our elected officials are about to let people go without? They were voted into their offices (whether this year, two years ago or four or six) to work. They need to start working. We can't afford to see unemployment benefits not renewed. The benefits have to be extended.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: