The Debt and The Jobless

Pay no attention to the fact that “overwhelming numbers of Americans agree that, over the years, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been good for the country,” those fine “entitlements” are on the chopping block now, along with other government spending geared towards helping the poor and the jobless.

Sure there’s complaints from plenty of people about these entitlements, and from those complaints the right wing draws their strengths in attempting cut back those dreaded entitlements, but the bottomline is, many of those complainers don’t want to lose their benefits. That’s right… “The public’s desire for fundamental change does not mean it supports reductions in the benefits provided by Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.”

It’s the old, have your cake and eat it too, routine, but the fact is, those cuts are going to hurt a lot of people and they’ll leave a bad taste in voters mouths come election 2012.

Among those poised to feel the cuts the worst will be the longterm jobless who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and are now surviving (barely) on food stamps and Medicaid.

It’s stunning to me that in the wake of the “highest level of long-term unemployment since 1948,” we’re talking about cuts to the only programs that help the longterm unemployed. Goodness knows we sure as hell haven’t created a whole lot of jobs since this mess started. If we had there would be millions of people out of work, surviving on food stamps and Medicaid:

In 2010, an estimated 3.9 million unemployed Americans exhausted unemployment benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group that campaigns for lower-wage workers.

More than 14 percent of the U.S. unemployed have been out of a job for 99 weeks, or longer.

What kind of shameful politicians feel they are entitled (behind closed doors) to making these cuts to much needed programs like Medicaid and Social Security?

Near as I can tell at this point it’s “doomsday” one way or another… especially for the poor and jobless among us, who apparently aren’t doing their share to help “shrink the debt.” 

Stay tuned… The jobless vote too.

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