Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Recommended Reading

Yesterday Congressman Paul Ryan, under the auspices of the House Budget Committee, again released his budget plan, again draped in the euphemistic title of "Path to Prosperity." In a lengthy analysis, Robert Reich explains why this budget is all ideological smoke and partisan mirrors that would leave the country in far worse shape were it to be enacted. Says he:
So what’s the guiding principle here? Pure social Darwinism. Reward the rich and cut off the help to anyone who needs it. 
Ryan says too many Americans rely on government benefits. “We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of dependency.” 
Well, I have news for Paul Ryan. Almost 23 million able-bodied people still can’t find work. They’re not being lulled into dependency. They and their families could use some help. Even if the economy continues to generate new jobs at the rate it’s been going the last three months, we wouldn’t see normal rates of unemployment until 2017.
More from Reich here.

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