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View Diary: Over the cliff I go. Not laughing. (159 comments)

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  •  Getting on the Right Track (5+ / 0-)

    I utterly sympathize with your plight, and I'm sure it represents the needs of millions of people.

    We still have to fight for the right policy. A defeat at the strategic level means that all these battles (over unemployment compensation, for example) will be lost over time.

    In fact, the reason it came to this was because the President and Democrats in Congress generally did not fight the last battle. And that's because they didn't fight the battle before that. They just caved in.

    I'm in favor of "going over the cliff". I know it's a cutesy title that hides the misery it implies, but I think you and everyone else would be better if there were no deal made on the deficit at all.

    The question of extending unemployment isn't legitimately a part of that deal in any case. And it isn't even partisan. Extending (and enhancing) benefits wouldn't just be good for the unemployed, it would be good for all the communities where they live (read "the entire country") because people who get those benefits immediately spend them on essentials in those communities. Both Democrats and Republicans are unemployed and the businesses that would be saved or helped are run and staffed by people of all political persuasions. So, for anyone to hold up renewing benefits on the basis that it has to be a part of the budget negotiations is just politics, and politics of the most vile and damaging sort. It's damaging to people and it's damaging to the economy.

    I have generally refrained from using the cutesy terms for this mess in writing about it because I think they lead away from serious discussion. But by whatever name, compromise at this point to avoid an imaginary crisis would be the worst possible outcome. I hope that the talks will not be resumed until February.

    And, in the meantime, Congress should simply pass an unemployment extension because it's vital to the economy, fair to people, and a bipartisan solution to a very real problem. The budget negotiations are not an excuse for avoiding this issue. If they don't pass the extensions then they have failed for no reason at all, other than wanting to do the wrong thing.

    •  The government needs to pass an (0+ / 0-)

      employment, not an unemployment solution. The employment solution needs to be on the scale of the WPA, which, if adjusted in scale to fit today's population base, would employ over 12 million people.

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:38:44 PM PST

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