Why Cutting Job Benefits Won’t Work

Paul Krugman points out the idiocy of cutting job benefits during a giant recession:

When the economy is booming, and lack of sufficient willing workers is

limiting growth, generous unemployment benefits may keep employment

lower than it would have been otherwise. But as you may have noticed,

right now the economy isn’t booming — again, there are five unemployed

workers for every job opening. Cutting off benefits to the unemployed

will make them even more desperate for work — but they can’t take jobs

that aren’t there.

If we followed this type of Republican logic, we would stop treating sick people to make them take care of themselves better. You must avoid getting diabetes because you won’t get treated! Oh wait, we tried that method and look what happened….

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.