Thursday, January 16, 2014

The song of the day... for the U. S. Senate, which failed this week to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.

Don't care? Here are seven reasons why maybe you should (my emphasis):

1. Long-term unemployment is still as high as its ever been since World War II.
2. Most of the long-term unemployed are having an extremely difficult time finding jobs. 
3. Long-term unemployment takes an extreme toll on people's health and well-being.
4. The expiration of emergency benefits took away a key source of income for millions of people.
5. There's scant evidence that the long-term unemployed will find it easier to get jobs if their benefits are cut off.
6. Congress is doing very little else to help the long-term unemployed find work.
7. All this long-term unemployment is hurting the U.S. economy.      

In a related story, for the first time in history, more than half the members of Congress are now millionaires.

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