Rand Paul is now the Grinch who stole Christmas because he said that extended unemployment benefits hurt workers when employers look negatively at unemployed workers who receive benefits for more than 26 weeks. Both Democrats and Republicans are attacking Paul because they, like, care about people out of work, and, afterall, it's right after Christmas when the extended benefits end if congress doesn't act.
Yes, Paul made a mistake. He told the truth. In 2013 it's dangerous to tell the truth, especially about economic issues. Both political parties, for the most part, aspire to live in a world of infinite spending and safety nets that work so well that 90 million people can drop out of the labor force with no consequences. The political class wants a world in which we can print as much money as we need for as long as we need more money. The political class wants a world in which government can intervene in the economy at will without businesses losing confidence or the ability to plan long term. The political class wants a world of perpetual tax and spend, but this will destroy the nation in the real world.
You won't hear most talking heads and pundits expound on what Paul said -- Paul said Obama's progressive policies are creating a permanent group of unemployed in the US, and Paul is right. The real problem that's not talked about is continuous government intervention in the economy which keeps unemployment high. Much of what little new employment that's created is part-time and service jobs that are meant for kids starting out in the job market. Our public school system is failing American kids, and they aren't prepared for this technologically advanced global market. Statists are talking about expanding unemployment benefits, education spending, food stamps, SS, Medicare and Medicaid, when they should be focused on removing government from the economy and education so that a free market developes and we recover economically.
While both political parties struggle to plan and manage the economy, the incompetent interventions create more uncertainty in the market. The Fed is propping up major corporations by pumping 80 billion a month into the economy, but the rest of America is suffering from government interference in the market. Instead of weak-kneed politicians running to the center to hide from responsibility, promoting more government interventions to help people in this "unusual" recession, they should be working to stop the efforts to hurt private charity, and they should and promote tax cuts for charitable giving. The NYT has a story out about a young kid in poverty, and the political class calls for more of the government interventions that have caused these problems that lead to higher poverty rates. What the political class should do is challenge wealthy players on Wall Street who've benefitted from Fed policy and government protections to donate money to private charity organizations and remove all regulations that place obstacles in the way of private charity.
All people who care should take to social media to promote charity. We need to take this problem of poverty and unemployment and do something positive outside the political realm. We just need for the political realm to not be part of the problem. Taxes and regulations have hurt private assistance afforts for decades -- it's time to transition assistance to private organizations. We see what the government has done with welfare -- the problem is getting worse.