Len Shipman: Unemployment benefits a humane stop-gap | SummitDaily.com

Len Shipman: Unemployment benefits a humane stop-gap

Len Shipman

Morgan Liddick has criticized the extension of unemployment benefits, arguing that the benefits create no jobs. Come on now, Morgan! When the benefit funds are spent, does the money just evaporate? Of course not. Those funds buy things – food, rent, utilities, shoes, etc. – and that spending employs people. We now have 14.6 million folks unemployed in this country and 6.8 million (45.5 percent) of those are classified as “long-term” unemployed. What would happen in this country, Mr. Liddick, when the funds disappear that those folks have relied on? Jobs will not magically appear if benefits fail to be extended. Heaven knows we need to find a way to create more jobs for those out of work, but even more pressing is the need to keep those folks functioning at some humane level until we get through this economic mess.

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