More than 2 million Americans stand to lose their jobless benefits unless Congress reauthorizes federal emergency unemployment help before the end of the year.
The people in danger of having their unemployment checks cut off are among those who have benefitted least from the slowly improving job market: Americans who have been out of work longer than six months.
In this recession, the benefits should have been extended permanently. If some centrists and right wingers needed something, then the legislation could have had markers in it -- such as, "When unemployment falls to 7.1%, this percentage of benefits are cut . . ." Or whatever. But with unemployment still at record highs and with no jobs flowing into the country, people are struggling and you don't need to worry on top of that about things like, "Come January 1st, we won't have unemployment!" And think about what that means for families with children?
This needs to be resolved by December 1st.
Parents need to know if they're going to be able to get gifts for their children.
This is such nonsense. I can't believe that moron got re-elected.
And all he's going to do now is gut the safety net.
Today, Joseph Kishore (WSWS) writes:
With the US elections out of the way, the American ruling class is moving with remarkable speed to implement a deeply unpopular agenda centered on trillions of dollars in cuts to health care and other social programs.
The first order of business, to be at least partially implemented even before the newly elected Congress takes office in January, is the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
The language is chosen quite deliberately. The image of a “cliff”—first used by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in February 2012—is intended to create a sense of impending catastrophe. The fiscal cliff has become the latest mantra of the political and media establishment, complete with a continually updated countdown on CNN. The aim is to foster a crisis atmosphere to force through measures long desired by the ruling class that would otherwise be impossible to impose.
This “cliff” is an artificial creation. As a result of legislation agreed to by Congress and the Obama administration, the end of the year will bring with it the expiration of Bush tax cuts on all income brackets as well as the implementation of across-the-board cuts in military and domestic spending (excluding Social Security and Medicaid).
Other measures set to expire at the end of the year, particularly extended federal unemployment benefits, have gone unmentioned in the media. Both parties agree on the need to cut off meager assistance to the jobless.
I'm so smart, I wrote about that last week!
That's what four of you said in e-mails. I'm not that smart.
I went to some hearings with C.I. about this. And I spoke to some economists. This is an artificial creation to force us to gut the safety net.
In other news, I wanted to love Malibu Country. I love Lily Tomlin. She's hilarious. I've loved her since Laugh-In. Now she's back on TV with a sitcom no less! And on Fridays. I taped it on the DVR and watched it. I hoped it would be better than the first episode. It wasn't. Lily's not the problem. It would be great if they could write her a character. But she's not the problem with the show. But the show is awful. Read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The continued demise of the media" because it nails the show. I made a point to catch Partners tonight (Ava and C.I. praised that) and they're right. That is funny. That is laugh out loud funny. I so wanted Malibu Country to be that.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: