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For Once, I Hope Paul Krugman Is Right

jwilson273 Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 1:52 PM
Consequently, cutting off their benefits in the attempt to force them back to work ignores the reality that there is no work to which to return. What's the sense in kicking the fort dwellers from the fort in the midst of a blizzard by simply imagining the season to be spring? Wouldn't it make sense to wait till spring or to fix the economy and make the jobs available before telling them they have to leave the fort and find work?
TooTired Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 8:00 PM
Welfare recipients are not required to work. As you say, if there are few jobs, it would be impossible to require a TANF client to obtain employment. What they are required to do--or have been required to do--is engage in activities that prepare them for employment and do such things as apply for child support...which, oddly enough, many of them are reluctant to do. (This is frequently a sign that the child's daddy is living in the home, despite the client's claim otherwise.) Many man hours are taken up with ensuring that our TANF clients are attending the programs they have agreed to; many clients getting cash assistance get kicked out or withdraw voluntarily because they don't want to spend the time.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 4:08 PM
There are jobs in western Wi. also, but the lazy can be paid about the same to sit at home so they go unfilled. " Why should I work when I get the same amount or maybe come out better by not buying gas?" is a common justification given by the selfish. It is not selfish to expect to keep what you have earned, but it is the worst possible if you expect others to feed and clothe you. The noise comes from those who know they will be forced to earn their own keep.
MG formerly minnesotagrandma Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 2:25 PM
Bull. I don't know where you are but here there ARE jobs. Just not the jobs they want to DO. College town a ways from here had help wanted signs all over all winter. Still are. DigiKey in Thief River Falls Mn has been trying to hire 400 people for years and can't find anyone who wants to work. About 12 an hour, full benefits including health insurance and moving expense.
If you can't find work where you live you might have to move but the government makes it SO comfortable that if they don't WANT to they don't HAVE to. We had to move 4 times in 5 years to follow the work. Didn't like it but we did it.
jwilson273 Wrote: Aug 25, 2012 3:20 PM
If it's that rosey, then Limbaugh, Hannity, OReilley, Boortz, Romney, Rove, Ryan and all the others are wrong about the economy. And Obamas stimulus has been a success. Therefore, the 8 million Americans who lost their livlihoods in the economic downturn had rather live on the uncertain dole than be stable and free. Clearly this is not true.

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...