When Only Help, Helps

By Thomas Kochman - 07.05.2010

The current Republican stance that places concern over the deficit that “threaten to shake market confidence and saddle future generations with record public debts” as the reason for not extending unemployment is, as usual, bad timing and misguided.

Besides showing an appalling lack of compassion for those out of work –many of those jobs will be permanently lost regardless of how well the economy bounces back— it reflects once again the skewed Republican concern with ideology and political posturing over direct help, like attempting to stem the flow of sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS by counseling abstinence, or the demand for drugs by telling people to “Just say, No!”

Apart from questioning the economic wisdom of scaling back spending –many economists and the present administration are arguing that more money needs to be spent by consumers to keep the economy going, not less— it shows once again Republican indifference to the lives of ordinary people. Read more »