We are suffering with an unimaginative and impotent Republican majority in Congress lead by John Boehner (R-OH) and Eric Cantor (R-VA). Democrats own this pair of nitwits who are at the mercy of the Left’s ever growing penchant for spending our money on more and more social programs that have in many ways led to the record number of Americans that have dropped out of the workforce and into the government hammock.
And there are no doubt many Americans that are seriously looking for work. The job market has not yet begun to improve and is most likely getting worse. The way the Obama Administration mangles the numbers makes it impossible to tell. All we know for sure is that there are more Americans not working than at any time in our history.
And while the Democrats are giving one another high-fives and back pats because the unemployment rate is declining, they unabashedly demand another extension to the extended unemployment benefits, seemingly oblivious to their own hypocrisy. If unemployment were truly falling, we wouldn’t need an extension to the long term unemployment benefits. And we wouldn’t have a record number of people on food stamps and other government assistance.
To the Republican’s credit they have “demanded” that the increase in unemployment benefits be “paid for”.
The trouble is, as has already been pointed out, the Democrats own Boehner and Cantor. So they pretend to go along with this idea knowing full well that the worst they will have to do is pretend to cut money from some program in 10 years. But the “cuts” will actually be nothing more than a little smaller increase in the program and that, too , will evaporate before it comes due.
Democrats know that. And Republicans know that they know that. But Boehner and Cantor can pretend that they have actually cut spending and placate the low information voters back home. And no matter how many times they play this kabuki charade, the supporters back home are too stupid to pay attention.
But the truth is, the mandate on businesses that begins next year will kill even more jobs as employers cut staff to avoid paying for unreasonably expensive Obamacare mandates.
One way to “pay” for the extended unemployment benefits is to delay the mandate on businesses at a day for a day rate. For every day unemployment benefits are extended, the mandates are delayed the same amount of time. This way, the worst of the job killing side effects of Obamacare can be deferred. And the “jobs saved” by delaying Obamacare can offset the extra spending for the extension.
And let’s include the individual mandate as well as the business mandate. If the number of unemployed is such that we need to extend long term benefits, then we can also save money to offset the unemployment extension cost by delaying the individual mandate. That way the subsidies we pay for Obamacare will be lower and people will have the option of opting out of health insurance if that is what they desire until the economy improves. That way, those that lost their full time job and are on unemployment will not be required to decide between mandatory health insurance or paying their rent or food.
Republicans can then take the high road and let people decide if food and shelter is the higher priority or Obamacare.