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For Once, I Hope Paul Krugman Is Right

companion Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 12:10 AM
Some people on welfare can "manage" a vacation. Not an expensive one, of course, but never the less a vacation. With help from relatives or friends...it's very possible. This country is still in bad shape for people wanting to work that are on welfare. And for those who don't want a job...well I assure you they are not living a life of luxury. And if you are envy of people on welfare or just plain cynical of them...you might want to read what Jesus said about the least among us. And you might want to research corporate welfare and grants that are counterintuitive to logical thinkers.
Mark1369 Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 1:17 PM
You conveniently bring up Jesus without explaining what he was really talking about. He did not say that we should have gov't help the least but was talking about how we personally deal with the least among us. He was talking about our personal responsibility to fulfill God's plan here on earth.
We do need to create a business environment that creates jobs because what we need most are jobs to be created, something the current administration doesn't understand how to do.
TooTired Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 7:27 AM
I also know perfectly well what Jesus said about the least among, and I do the best I can as a caseworker to help people in trouble. There is hardly a day that goes by that I am not thanked by someone because I will explain to them what their options are...I work damned hard and come home exhausted and drained. (Yes, I resent your tone.) I also know what the Bible says about people who do not work and what it says about liars. And I know as surely as I am sitting there that a very large proportion of our welfare caseloads are made up of people who are committing fraud.
TooTired Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 7:22 AM
OK, I've been doing this job a few years now. Obviously many of our clients are living on very little money, but there are more than a few who are not. I've seen a woman claiming to be living on almost nothing who came in better dressed than anyone, including the caseworkers, and pushing a deluxe baby carriage bigger than some small cars. I've seen clients buy houses worth $180,000 or more, and I have never been able to figure out how they did this. I'm not envious of them--I'm perfectly content with what I have--but it makes me very angry to see the widespread abuse and fraud committed who are not living in anything like poverty.

It’s not often that I read something by Paul Krugman and think, “Good point, I hope he’s correct.”

After all, I had to correct Krugman’s inaccurate analysis of Estonia, and also point out the errors in what he wrote about the United Kingdom. And I also noted mistakes he made when writing about Canada and France.

And let’s not forget his absurd...