It’s the Economy, Stupid

You can’t watch this video about the lives of “99-ers” — Americans who have been on unemployment for more than 99 weeks and thus no longer receive benefits — without feeling moved and inspired by their continuing determination and resourcefulness.

This (or, more precisely, many incidents just like this) goes a long way toward explaining why Paul Ryan decided not to run for President and why he won’t even be running for reelection to the Senate.

Glenn Greenwald tweets, about this op-ed in The Washington Times, “The last paragraph here is about as deranged as it gets (though all preceding paragraphs compete well for that title). ”

This is how a fraudulent meme gets started. Some right-wing hack (in this case, Rick Perry) calls Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.” Then some media hack/idiot (in this case, Chris Matthews) picks up the lie and repeats it, uncritically, as though it were true. And we’re off and running.

Passing voter ID laws to combat nonexistent voter fraud and filing suit to have part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 declared unconstitutional is far more important than doing something about tens of millions of jobless Americans struggling to survive.

In “the wacky world of Republican economics,” laying off government employees creates jobs in the private sector. In the real world, not so much.

Government regulations and taxation are NOT job destroyers for small business owners. Who says so? Small business owners.



Filed under Breaking News, Economy, Law, Media, Politics, Society

2 responses to “It’s the Economy, Stupid

  1. Benjamin Franklin

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