Cutting unemployment benefits reduces unemployment, study shows

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 2, 2015 10:49 a.m.

    Sounds like normal human nature.

    Given the choice of sitting on your butt and collecting "free stuff" without having to work is a pretty sweet deal. But, if the benefits shrink a bit, the more ambitious people will want to restore some of the good lifestyle they were enjoying, and will be willing (if not eager) to get off said butts and find a job.

    The maddening thing is that we are $19 trillion in debt and cannot afford to pay for all the "free stuff" even for the most disabled and deserving citizens. But, our politicians lack the will to even discuss modest reductions in any welfare program, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, EBT cards, Obamacare, etc.

    Studies like this will be ignored as "an inconvenient truth."

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2015 10:32 a.m.

    What? Tax, borrow and spend doesn't get people out of poverty? This is news to the democrats. Too bad we've elected the worse president and dumbocrats in history.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2015 10:23 a.m.

    The only way this could be true though... would be for there to be a bunch of jobs going unfilled in 2013 and much much fewer of those in 2014, and that doesn't seem to match up with reality.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2015 10:06 a.m.

    You mean Benjamin Franklin was right? That the best way to get people out of poverty is for them to be uncomfortable in it so they actually seek all oppurtunities to get out of it. I guess necessity IS the mother of invention. Quick stop the ears of all the 99% they can't hear this or they might actualy realize their financial situation is largely(with exceptions)due to their own choices and not the evil 1%. and although their neighbors are willing to be charitable there is a difference between providing necessities and sustaining lifestyles that couldn't be afforded in the first place. I guess Hinckley was right when he said the world will pay you largely based on what it thinks your worth. Kind of shoots down the marxist social justice income inequality argument.Yes there is corrput business and people at the bottom and the top but largely you succeeed or fail based on your self. until you start trying to rob your neighbors via the tax and legal system as Jefferson put it

    March 2, 2015 9:52 a.m.

    "But Republicans countered that the economy was strong enough to discontinue the jobless benefits extension "

    So we don't have republicans complaining about the economy any more right? By their own admission, the economy was bad in 2008 and much better in 2014.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2015 8:31 a.m.

    "The study attributed 1.8 million [the vast majority] new jobs during the year of 2014 to not funding the federal unemployment benefits."

    Shocking!! It's almost as if when some incentive to coast by on the federal unemployment benefits was removed, people were more incentivized to find work! Who'd a thunk it!?

    I wonder. Could it be that if the federal government weren't so lax (incompetent and/or deliberately negligent) in enforcing our admittedly inefficient immigration policies and laws, might there be fewer illegal immigrants? One might even imagine that the reason so many Democrats are in favor of ignoring problems of illegal immigration is to somehow encourage both illegal immigration AND harvest the the eventual votes from the illicit practice by those who have gamed the system long enough to actually gain the citizenship they crave. Or, barring that, simply game the election process to accepting their votes regardless.

  • Freedom Seeker Riverton, UT
    March 2, 2015 6:37 a.m.

    Right, when the benefits run out, those who can will find work as quickly as possible. Otherwise, as long as the benefits last they will not.