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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    Jobless benefits like unemployment insurance are fine when those benefits are insurance. When they become taxpayer subsidized they are not insurance but welfare.
    The current crop of Democrats apparently believe that endless welfare benefits are a good thing ignoring all the damage such an idiotic idea has created in the past.
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    Oh, but that is right! The current crop of Democrats are mostly Progressive Leftists and they ignore history because they KNOW this time their ideas will work! Never mind they didn’t the last 10 or 50 or 100 times!

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    It’s beneficial for Democrats to keep a large, dependent voting block.

  3. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

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  4. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, about 1 year ago

    @Enoki

    The unemployment benefits were extended to help people during an economic catastrophe, Enoki. In your view, this is a bad thing. You also have no problem with Corporate welfare, in the form of grants, subsidies, and tax cuts. Ignore history? How long does the nation have to suffer under Supply Side economics before conservatives try a different approach?
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    Progressives don’t ignore history, but try to learn from it. Determine the cause of fluctuations in the financial markets and prevent the crashes that hurt everyone. Find and embrace ideas that do work.
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    So tell me, which Progressive Leftist ideas didn’t work, for the last 10, 50, or 100 times?
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    Conversely, what fresh new ideas have been furnished by Republicans, besides more tax cuts, cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, and buying weapons and wars on credit?
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    (crickets)
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  5. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 1 year ago

    Well, Tony, we know they aren’t ‘sorry’ … we embrace your sarcasm …

  6. wbr

    wbr said, about 1 year ago

    how about the 18+ job bills the house passed that hairy is sitting on?

  7. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @wbr

    Oh the “poisoned” jobs bills that sought to eviscerate the EPA,ACA,Medicaid,funding for the poor? Oh THOSE jobs bills…sure!

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    @Zuhlamon

    Unemployment insurance benefits I have no problem with. Those were paid in by employees and employers to provide those benefits should they become necessary.
    I object to the Democrats extending those benefits using tax money because all that is is a dodge to not call welfare, welfare.
    I also recognize that spending of tax money, even in the form of welfare or whatever, has an effect on the economy but that effect is not a net gain.
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    As for “corporate welfare” I’d have to know what the money was being given to a corporation for. Much corporate welfare is not welfare but rather the government subsidizing something they want corporations to do that they otherwise wouldn’t. Sometimes that is a good thing other times it isn’t.
    For example, subsidizing a corporation to clean up pre-existing enviromental damage (ie., damage that occured before it was regulated) is a good thing that a corporation likely otherwise would not do.
    Paying farmers to produce a net loss in energy making ethanol on the other hand is an example of bad corporate welfare.
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    As for Progressive ideas that didn’t work:
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    Public housing projects
    Statist capitalism / central economic planning
    Closed shop unions
    Government run public transit
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    That’s a few examples.
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    For the non-Progressive Left (not Republicans per se) a non- overly intrusive government is considered best. Regulation should be kept to a minimum and is not the automatic solution to anything as it is with the Left.
    The Left thinks that more government will solve problems yet historically large bloated buearucratic government creates nothing but problems.
    You miss the point that the non-Left holds: The government is not the solution to a problem except as a last resort and then it should be put on a very, very short and tight leash that the people have full control of.

  9. wbr

    wbr said, about 1 year ago

    ahab they are poisoned only in that they get people off of the dole and will be less likely to vote for democrats

  10. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Republicans CLAIM they are “Jobs Bills”, but they DO NOT DIRECTLY address job creation / reduced unemployment…that would be AGAINST Republican / Conservative principles: http://www.politifact.com/ohio/article/2011/dec/06/so-how-you-do-you-define-jobs-bill/ ….It ISN’T a “Jobs Bill” just because Mr. Boehner says it is.

  11. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Now, we can’t be giving stuff to poor people like jobless benefits. It destroys their incentive.
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    And we need that money to give to the Family Farmers, like Archer Daniels Midland, so that incentives will be provided for them.

  12. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Unemployment benefits have two big problems.


    1) To collect benefits, one must prove one has made applications to employers who are hiring. A lot of work for nothing, but one must do it to collect, and so one is on the statistical unemployment rolls raising the unemployment statistic. Once benefits stop, most stop applying, and are no longer technically unemployed, so they are NOT counted and the unemployment statistic looks better;


    2) Many Decent Americans were not able to find the requisite domestic staff, and had to employ illegals. Democrats were so embarrassed, they removed their names from nomination to high offices; Republicans had to lay off gardeners and other essential domestic staff. Now who is going to trim their topiary?


    If we make it clear to the 40 million or so with no jobs that they will get no food and no shelter unless they go into service for a bunk in the basement and scraps from the table, all Decent Americans will continue to have trouble filling all their domestic staffing needs for all their mansions, and nothing could be worse for America than their untrimmed topiary for want of gardeners, and unpressed suits for want of valets.

  13. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, about 1 year ago

    Yes, Radish, and that’s bad, why?

  14. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Michael, you forgot:

    3) Welfare has created a social class whose main competence is at applying for welfare. The welfare agencies have responded by gearing their forms toward the needs of these professionals. Sadly, those who are really out of work and in need find the whole process more than a little mystifying, and some become discouraged from even applying.

  15. Jase99

    Jase99 said, about 1 year ago

    @wbr

    “how about the 18+ job bills the house passed that hairy is sitting on?”

    List them out so we may see what these “jobs bills” would actually do.

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