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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Paul Krugman: In case you haven't noticed, the coronavirus is still very much with us. Thanks to our failure to control the pandemic, we're still suffering from Great Depression levels of unemployment ... Yet enhanced unemployment benefits, a crucial lifeline for tens of millions of Americans, have expired. The fecklessness of the Trump administration and its allies means that millions of Americans will soon be in dire financial straits.



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The Covid recession that began in February may have been the simplest, most comprehensible business downturn in history. Much of the U.S. economy was put on hold to contain a pandemic.

Republicans, however, have shown no sign of understanding any of this. The policy proposals being floated by White House aides and advisers are almost surreal in their disconnect from reality. Cutting payroll taxes on workers who can't work? Letting businesspeople deduct the full cost of three-martini lunches they can't eat?

They don't even seem to understand the mechanics of how unemployment checks are paid out. They proposed continuing benefits for a brief period while negotiations continue " but this literally can't be done, because the state offices that disburse unemployment aid couldn't handle the necessary reprogramming.

This is one of the reasons the Democrats passed their legislation over 2 and one half months ago. They understand how rickety many state unemployment systems are in the best of times. Now they're being pressed to deal with multiples of claims for which some were not designed to handle - and others were designed to intentionally reject as many as possible in order to keep the numbers of beneficiaries down (Hello Florida).

While Republicans and the White House just think people can eat wishes and pay their bills with good intentions just 90 days from the elections. I'm sure those being negatively affected - now existing in abeyance, praying for relief that can keep their households afloat - will quickly forget all this. Or not.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-03 09:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re-up the lavish doles. I need my $600 restored,stat.

More free cash. Less unlivable pay. UBI forever,2020.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-08-03 09:54 PM | Reply

Republicans are already used to unemployment.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2020-08-03 10:46 PM | Reply

Millionaires and billionaires don't give a ---- about the unemployed so long as their portfolios are doing well.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-04 07:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think that the Republican Party wants the unemployed to find a quiet place to die, just as they want sick people to do.

Sickness; unemployment. You must have done something to deserve it. Now bugger off, but please vote for us before you go.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-04 08:56 AM | Reply

If you read the book Trump's niece wrote, it's full of insights. Trump and Trump's people sincerely think that any money given to other people is money that they personally lose, for instance.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-04 08:58 AM | Reply

It's the Republican Business Plan:

If you are unemployed and there is no help, you are more willing to take less pay because you are desperate.

And Republicans Voters are too stupid to know any better.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-08-04 02:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Where do all the unemployed deplorable Republicans look?

#8 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-08-04 03:18 PM | Reply

Democrats want keep you unemployed.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-08-04 03:31 PM | Reply

Where do all the unemployed deplorable Republicans look?

Up Trump's sphincter.

He's promised them chocolate ice cream.

You better hurry if you're going to get yours.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-04 03:32 PM | Reply

Seems to me it's too close to the election Republicans expect to lose, after which they will definitely begin caring about deficits and government spending. Gotta set the table for that pivot.

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2020-08-04 03:53 PM | Reply

Hopefully republican voters that are unemployed don't vote for Trump again just because they can't dare to vote for Biden. I know some republicans that wouldn't vote for the Dem candidate even if the the Republican was a child molester.

#12 | Posted by byrdman at 2020-08-04 04:00 PM | Reply

Democrats want keep you unemployed.


There are no jobs. You might want to check the news.

Democrats want to keep Americans fed and sheltered. Republicans want to ignore them and let millions become homeless.

#13 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-08-04 04:11 PM | Reply

"Democrats want keep you unemployed."

Not giving the unemployment payments will actually increase unemployment. They can't spend what they don't have and consumer spending is the fuel our economy needs.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-04 04:24 PM | Reply

"They don't even seem to understand the mechanics of how unemployment checks are paid out." What Rs don't understand can, and has, filled several books. Sigh.

#15 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-08-04 05:25 PM | Reply

Some of this is about driving U.S. wages down. They want everybody to go back to work, but for substantially less than they were making a year ago. If the Oligarchs have to start manufacturing in the U.S. they want to do it while paying Chinese level wages.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-08-04 05:37 PM | Reply

What those on the right said: "Oh, He's a businessman. He knows the real world. He's a problem-solver. He's an outsider. He will drain that swamp in Washington." What they meant was: " He's not a woman or colored. He will get rid of abortion and keep the Mexicans out. It's OK if he wants to goose my wife or dork my daughters." What they got: one of the worst businessmen in the world, who fell butt-first into a vat of money and didn't blow it all. He cannot order lunch, much less fix the serious problems he faces. His employees are all yes-men and swamp creatures. He does want to lay his hands on the women and girls in this country...

Vote as if the future of our country depends upon it...

#17 | Posted by catdog at 2020-08-04 06:19 PM | Reply

Republicans up for re-election in November do have some motivation to expand unemployment. It's not "If" it's "how much."

This in contrast to Donald Trump who prefers people to be demoralized, penniless and homeless ~~ (except for his oligarchs, of course) ~~ in his second term.

As a newly minted autocrat he will then have the whole United States begging for whatever crumbs he decides to throw their way depending, of course, on how much asskissing he gets for his effort.

The line starts at the "servants entrance" behind the White House.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-05 04:55 AM | Reply

Democrats want keep you unemployed.


It should hurt to be this stupid.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-08-05 01:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


VISITOR is a contrarian. He's trying to start an argument. Ignore/plonk.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-05 03:58 PM | Reply


You post #18, then this. What a frigging hypocrite.

I've never plonked anybody, not even reinheitsgebot, who should have been banned long ago.

That's the snowflake option rcade installed. Instead of just scrolling past, too many lefties whined about the trauma they experienced seeing an unsafe post.

#21 | Posted by willowby at 2020-08-06 12:41 AM | Reply

"Democrats want keep you unemployed."

That doesn't really sound possible.
Unless... Did those silly Democrats raise taxes on the Job Creators so high that they all moved to China?

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-06 12:52 AM | Reply


"Did those silly Democrats raise taxes on the Job Creators so high that they all moved to China?"

Wait a minute. Are you saying they're still there?

Did Trump lie when he told us that they were all moving back to America?

#23 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-06 02:34 AM | Reply

In 1984 the candle factory where I worked closed. The solid scented candles cost too much to make. The company was a Teamsters union workplace with reasonable wages and great benefits. They moved the whole thing to North Carolina, where they began making candles with pressed white wax pellets and scented wax over-dipping to make a less expensive product. It didn't matter...all the production went offshore, never to be heard from again.

The point of this sad little story is I was unemployed with unemployment insurance covering about 75 percent of my monthly expenses. There was a mandatory job search after six weeks, and I had no car. I had to walk or bicycle to every job application. I'm not stupid. I instantly discovered my age and education was hurting me. I was forty, and had no recent experience requiring a least my BBA in Industrial Relations anyway. Yeah, I had a degree from a real university with buildings, football team, dorms, and everything. I was out of work for sixteen weeks, with a limit of 26 weeks. I did an application every day during that period. There was NO Internet then, resumes and cover letters were all typed on an electric typewriter. I never heard from any of them, except infrequently to hear I was over-qualified and a good luck wish. I cashed in a pension from the candle factory and a long-held life insurance policy. Desperate, I took work in a local, dirty, and dangerous work it was. The foundry closed after I worked there for about ten weeks! I eventually found work again, but that not working period affected my attitude about work in a very negative way; I understood I was always tap-dancing on the edge of that abyss every day I showed up at work. That fear was there until I retired after about twenty years.

The last almost thirty weeks my wife and I have locked ourselves down have brought back all the fears...I simultaneously hate and fear Trump, for the record.

#24 | Posted by john47 at 2020-08-06 11:12 AM | Reply

tldr: People were negatively impacted by something and since a Rep is POTUS, Dems take the opportunity to claim everything they do is right and everything Reps do is wrong.

#25 | Posted by humtake at 2020-08-06 12:28 PM | Reply

Dems take the opportunity to claim everything they do is right and everything Reps do is wrong.

#25 | Posted by humtake

Make a list of what Republicans are doing right. Let's see if you can get it over three.

#26 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-06 12:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Democrats want keep you unemployed."

Well, let's see. Is it logical to deduce this? Dems passed a plan to increase unemployment 2 and a half months ago, according to another article on this site right now. Dems want to extend the $600 cap. Dems use unempoyment as a way to get Biden voted in.

So, logically, it's VERY logical to deduce that if you judge on emotion. I don't think it's 100% true but it's EXACTLY the same as saying "Republicans don't care about people on unemployment". There are reasons to be able to believe that if you judge on emotion. So, basically, both sides are doing exactly the same thing but when they are called out on it, they point fingers instead of taking the opportunity to better themselves.

Hence, crappy US leadership for years.

#27 | Posted by humtake at 2020-08-06 12:32 PM | Reply

more of that, 'compassionate conservatism'...

#28 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-08-06 12:35 PM | Reply

"So, basically, both sides are doing exactly the same thing"

No they are not. The fact YOU continue to try and promote this meme so much in every thread just means you are a Republican.

Trying to justify your incompetence at governing.

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-06 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Dems want to extend the $600 cap. Dems use unempoyment as a way to get Biden voted in.

Why don't Republicans offer $750 then?

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-06 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


"Why don't Republicans offer $750 then????"

Republicans are horrified (and mortified) that $750/week would create a sub-culture of people living high on the hog with that much money. You know the type. They waste money on things like shoes for the kids . . . or a lavish evening out to dinner Taco Bell . . . or ground sirloin hamburgers in the back yard instead of ground chuck.

One thing Republicans know about these lazy lay-abouts is that they have no sense of fiscal responsibility when it comes to wasting taxpayers' money. They've even been known to treat the kids to a double dip ice cream cone after church on Sunday.

#31 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-06 10:13 PM | Reply

"Did Trump lie when he told us that they were all moving back to America?"

Use the first seven words, add whatever else he's said, and the answer is yes.

#32 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-08-06 10:26 PM | Reply

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