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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:00 PM
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Party That Wonít Tax Millionaires Proposes Slashing Unemployment Benefits In Deal...

Party That Wonít Tax Millionaires Proposes Slashing Unemployment Benefits In Deal For Middle Class Tax Cut

By Travis Waldron

Republicans, while claiming to support a payroll tax cut extension that will primarily benefit the middle class, have cycled through a list of reasons to oppose proposals from Senate Democrats. The GOP refuses to pay for the cut with a surtax on millionaires, even as the wealthiest Americansí tax rates have fallen to historic lows. Other GOP members have claimed the extension ó which would put an extra $1,000 a year in the average Americanís pocket ó would undermine Social Security (it wouldnít).

Now, with some members of the party worried that opposing the extension would cause it to lose its reputation for anti-tax zealotry, House Republicans are attempting to make it look as if they support the extension by proposing an alternative plan full of demands they know Democrats wonít accept. One of those demands, the Hill reports, is a drastic reduction in unemployment insurance that lowers a personís maximum time on benefits from 99 weeks to 59 weeks:

The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the total number of weeks unemployed workers are eligible for aid by as much as 40 weeks and tighten rules for eligibility.

Such a reduction would significantly reduce the cost of extending federal unemployment benefits, making it easier to secure GOP support for a measure that will also include an extension of a payroll tax cut many conservative Republicans dislike.

Unemployment insurance remains one of the GOPís favorite targets. Republicans have decried the program as a ďlifestyleĒ that creates laziness among its recipients, ignoring the fact that nationally, there are four job applicants for each open job. The idea that unemployment insurance keeps people from seeking jobs is also betrayed by fact: a San Francisco Fed study found that those who qualify for unemployment insurance remain unemployed, on average, just 1.6 weeks longer than those who donít.

Meanwhile, unemployment insurance remains one of the most effective forms of economic stimulus, since the money is put directly back into the economy. Failure to extend benefits would cost the U.S. economy $57 billion in the first three months of 2012, a 0.38 percent loss in GDP growth over that period. Thatís roughly the same rate at which the American economy grew in 2011.
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When will the do-nothing Republicans realize that the 21 months of consecutive job creation are a result of the President's stimulus and other initiatives?

They need to stop protecting the rich and do something to help create jobs. Hints to clueless Republicans: More stimulus will facilitate more job creation. More jobs is a solution to unemployment.

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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:11 PM
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1. It isn't the do-nothing Republicans...
...that's the only problem, it's their brain dead constituents as well!

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Cigar11 Donating Member (276 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:42 PM
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2. Why donít they just admit it; they would really prefer to get rid of Unemployment all together.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:35 PM
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3. K & R
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