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Published: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

"They keep money in the pockets of working families, money that gets spent at local businesses, thus promoting growth and job creation."

No, it would be kept in the pockets of working families if taxpayers paid less in taxes and kept more of the money they earned. And they would still go out and spend that money at local businesses, thus promoting growth and job creation.

Over a year living off of taxpayer money is long enough. A year is plenty of time to find a job. No, it may not be a pleasant job or a very high paying job. But a year is a long time. Time to teach personal responsibility.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

The GOP's war on the poor is one of the strangest wars on record. Usually strategy in war includes eliminating or at least depleting the enemy. But in the GOP's war, they are actually trying to increase the size of their declared enemy. This is a losing strategy.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What's wrong with wearing a sweater around the house?

I do it. Not because I can't afford it, but because I want to minimize the amount of pollution my furnace makes. And I don't believe you need to live in a constant tropical climate inside our house.

Frugality may also have something to do with it... but I have no problem not heating my house to 80 degrees in the winter.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Oh... I forgot to mention (reading the previous posts reminded me)... it IS the GOP's fault. No doubt. They want poor people to die. It's a fact.

Sal
Provo, UT

More lies from an administration not known for telling the truth. If unemployment benefits help the economy why haven't they these past seven years of Obama and Congress extending them?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sal,
According to the Obama Administration... every dollar we put into unemployment... puts $2 into the economy.

By that brilliant economic logic we should lay EVERYBODY off and put EVERYBODY on unemployment!

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IMO extending unemployment payments should not be used to manipulate the economy. If families need it... then give it. But don't pretend you're stimulating the economy.

Fact is.. the government can't give out one dollar in unemployment without taking that dollar from a working American. So extending unemployment payments must take one dollar out of the economy for every dollar it puts back.

I can see how unemployment checks are spent and re-spent many times. But it's the same for every dollar you don't take out of a working person's paycheck. That same dollar would be spent just as many times whether it came from a welfare check or a pay=check.

So assuming welfare dollars are any better for the economy than any other dollars... just doesn't make sense.

Work stimulates the economy... not welfare.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

There's nothing wrong with wearing a sweater around the house.

When times are good, invest in solar heating technology and that will give a person some free relief as well.

It's been shown that good home designs barely take any energy to keep warm.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

The fact is, 2 bits, actions speak louder than words. No matter what the GOP says, the party's actions prove that it really does not care about the poor. It has no use for them. They are moochers, free loaders, lazy people who need to buck up and pay their way (even if there are not enough jobs to go around). And the first comment here is typical of that thinking. A year is plenty of time to find a job. Has this person ever been unemployed? Has he personally known anyone who has tried and tried to find work but cannot, simply because there are so many other unemployed people out there competing for the few available openings? And the longer you are unemployed, the more businesses look at you like damaged goods. If you're unemployed for longer than a year, there must be something wrong with you. So getting hired is harder the longer you are unemployed.

This "My View" piece is dead on, and those who disagree with it need to stop spouting platitudes but start dealing with reality.

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