An Unemployment Insurance Extension is not as “Empathetic” as Harry Reid Suggests

“I hope a few reasonable and empathetic Republicans will… help us advance [the unemployment insurance extension] bill today,” said Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% on the Senate floor Monday, as he championed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S.1845), which is up for a procedural vote Monday evening.  The bill would cost $6.6 billion in federal taxpayer dollars.

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President Obama’s Remarks on the Economy: “Government is Us”

President Obama made remarks on the economy Wednesday, lamenting inequality in America. Of course, he blames everyone but himself and the big government he promotes for the state of things.

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Obamacare Threatens Opportunity, Fosters Paternalism

Liberal Democrats and big government Republicans do no favors to anyone in America.  Let me rephrase that.  They do plenty of favors to their cronies and politically connected lobbyists, but the policies they promote diminish freedom, weaken the economy, undermine civil society, and trammel religious liberty.   But, with their policies and ideas, they do no favors to America as a whole, and Obamacare is no exception.

Liberals love to claim their policies strengthen the middle class and assist the poor, and they claim that Obamacare is doing just that.  It’s a message we’ve heard frequently from President Obama; during his 2012 campaign he talked about building the country from “the middle out.”

Sounds nice, eh?

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Does the Farm Bill Really Stimulate the Economy?

In light of our nation’s nearly $17 trillion debt, conservatives are always looking for ways the government can and should cut spending.  With all the wasteful spending in Washington, identifying the waste is not hard; getting Washington to change, however, is an uphill battle.

Take the farm bill, for example, and all the silly arguments made in favor of the waste (i.e., corporate welfare) perpetuated by this anachronistic legislation, like this one:

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the farm bill isn’t just a farm bill – it’s an economic stimulus bill that creates jobs and helps small businesses and rural communities every year. 

You don’t have to be an economist to grasp this: taking taxpayer money and giving it to corporate agriculture interests doesn’t stimulate the economy.  It just hurts taxpayers.

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News Flash for the Left: Young People Matter and Your Big-Government Policies Hurt Us

The Pew Research Center recently produced statistics indicating that young adults are living in their parents’ home in increasing numbers.  The numbers should concern young adults (young men specifically), their parents and every Americans because they are a prism through which we can see the degradation of our society that results from big-government policies. What’s causing young people to decide to live at home?  Employment and marriage are on the decline and college enrollment is on the rise.

To be clear, college enrollment can be a good thing, but if the decision to attend college is made because of the inability to find employment, it could simply be a means of racking up debt.  Indeed, student loan debt totals nearly $1 trillion, double what it was in 2007.   Unemployment and underemployment are hurting young people and the culture of delaying marriage has demonstrable negative effects on them as well.

We have already noted that big-government policies are directly harming young people, and we outlined the ways Obamacare and Social Security are dragging them down.  But these policies are also harming the economy, and those getting hit the hardest are our young people. 

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