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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
So, first: Even without a recession, every economy has a certain amount of structural unemployment. There will never be enough jobs for everyone. Ever. What happens to those folk? Should there be structural support for them, or not?

Also, you're being both insensitive and tone deaf. We're at 10% unemployment right now-that's a huge number. Being unemployed isn't a character flaw- it's a function of our current economic situation. Long-term unemployment is absolutely not uncommon right now. And suggesting that a person with no income should just move is short-sighted. Moving is expensive. And moving might also mean ending up in a place where you have no support network in addition to no job.

The practical result of giving unemployment benefits a defined end date and that there will always be some people who are likely to be homeless, hungry and without options. Imagine trying to hunt for a job when you're living in a shelter. Or if you can't pay for phone service. Or if you can't afford reliable transportation. Seriously. Long-term unemployment can lead to real poverty which, weirdly, can make it harder to get a job.

No one deserves to be homeless or hungry. Ever. Full stop. As long as obtaining food and shelter is dependent on being employed, there needs to be some sort of safety catch for folks who don't have a job.


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