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If you are out of work and are living on subsistence benefits to stay alive, cutting your lifeline is a death sentence. What is the logic, reason, and value of Congress eliminating unemployment benefits to 1.3 million persons in need of jobs?

  • Do Republicans believe that people are out of work because it is their fault?
  • Do Republicans believe that when people are deprived of subsistence they will do almost anything to find work?
  • Do Republicans not believe that poverty and crime are related?

There is no justification in America for accepting unemployment and poverty as givens.

Observed here is that Fox News introduced a new category for this story called “Social Policy”.

What is the Social Policy of the United States of America?

We don’t know the answer because it is not conveniently defined in one central location. Understanding social responsibility takes work to derive policy from thousands of laws and regulations.

Rand Paul believes that borrowing to pay unemployment benefits hurts the economy and exacerbates the situation. What he doesn't answer is what to do with people in need. The solution would include:

  • Immediate job creation
  • Shifting resources from defense or some other department to social services such that borrowing is not necessary

For Paul to be more relevant than his father, he needs to complete the equation.

  • Cut what?
  • Shift to unemployment?
  • Create jobs, how?

Without answering these questions, Rand Paul is flapping in the breeze.

“‘Social policy’ primarily refers to guidelines, principles, legislation and activities that affect the living conditions conducive to human welfare.”

“The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University describes social policy as "public policy and practice in the areas of health care, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labor.”

The term “human welfare” is synonymous with well being.

In the writings of the Sustainable Business Examiner, the overarching umbrella is sustainable economics.

“1.3 million to lose unemployment benefits as Obama pushes for aid extension

Published December 28, 2013

Dec. 25, 2013: President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.AP

“This morning, the President placed separate telephone calls to Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller to offer his support for their proposal to extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

“The President said his administration would, as it has for several weeks now, push Congress to act promptly and in bipartisan fashion to address this urgent economic priority.”

Obama says the abrupt cut-off in cash assistance during the holidays will hurt economic growth and jobs.

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The effect of jobless benefits on the unemployment rates has been fiercely debated for decades. To qualify, people have to be seeking work. Conservative lawmakers such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky argue that the payments aggravate rather than relieve unemployment.”

Paul: Borrowing for unemployment benefits 'weakening us as a country'
Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:46 PM EST

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., explains his view on extending unemployment insurance to Americans who are out of work.

By Kasie Hunt, NBC News
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is on a mission to get more minority voters and urban dwellers to support Republicans -- and to do it, he's pitching a plan that would end long-term unemployment insurance, outlaw traditional pensions, and offer sweeping tax reductions to hard-hit areas.

Paul, who's openly considering a bid for president in 2016, said in a Friday interview with NBC News that extending unemployment benefits past 26 weeks will hurt workers -- and that paying for it without raising taxes weakens America.

"Does it make sense for our country to borrow money from China to give it to the unemployed in America? That is weakening us as a country," Paul told NBC News.



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