MO State Senator Jim Lembke’s Job Boom

A job boom came from ending unemployment benefits, just like Jim Lembke tried to get the MO state legislature to do. The Wall Street Journal editorial staff pointed out that Congress’ about face last year in zeroing out extra unemployment benefit last year resulted in 1.8 million jobs. You can read “President Costanza’s Job Boom” here if you have an online subscription. Here is a quotation: The authors find that this abrupt policy shift created some 1.8 million jobs, or slightly Read more […]

Report: Most Jobless People Spend Their Time Watching Video

When the government helps jobless people it doesn’t help them find work. When we are forced to “invest” in people who aren’t working… what do they do with their time? In other words, what benefit does the nation receive for its “investment”? The New York Times published an answer under the headline: “How Nonemployed Americans Spend Their Weekdays: Men vs. Women.” Watching television and movies is a significantly more common activity for the nonemployed than looking for Read more […]

9-11 Fraud: Yes, If You Give Sick Free Money, More People Will “Get Sick”

I’m not against helping the poor or the sick, but we have got to admit that every time you add value to a class, more people will get into or stay in that class. If you want to help the needy you have to make sure that people aren’t faking a need or deliberately making themselves needy. Otherwise, you are robbing the genuinely needy of the help you claim you want to give them. So when you want to help people “injured” by the 9-11 attacks, especially when you include psychological “injuries” Read more […]

Give The Devil His Due: Dems Were Brilliant To Temporarily Extend Jobless Benefits

As the Obamacare implosion continues, liberals are desperate to find something else to get voter attention and for which they can blame Republicans. Cue Huffington Post: An overwhelming majority of voters are opposed to cutting off extended jobless benefits for the unemployed, a poll revealed on Monday. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling surveyed voters in four key congressional districts, as well as House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) district, to gauge support for extending unemployment Read more […]

Create Dependency: The Pressure For “Temporary” Free Money To Become An Unending Entitlement

First it was food stamps and now it is “unemployment benefits.” In the case of the former, Obama set up a “temporary” program that increased the amount of free money available to Americans. As I’ve said before, I don’t think cutting this stuff deserved to be a high priority. But, since it was scheduled to drop unless renewed, I’m not surprised that Congress didn’t want to continue the increase. Basically the government created dependency. So now unemployment benefits (another government-manufactured Read more […]

Pretending To Look For Work In Order To Get Unemployment Benefits

When black people come into the bookstore I work at, it is usually for one of two reasons: they are looking for books about black people, in which case I bring them to the section that my Democrat-voting boss so kindly segregated just for them, much to the black customers’ ironic delight; or they are “looking for work” and need me to sign a piece of paper to confirm they “looked for work.” Yesterday, while at work behind the front counter, a middle-aged black man walked in. He had a worn, front-facing Read more […]