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August 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Laid-off Boeing employees receive extra help

Extra benefits amount to socialism

Something is wrong with this picture. [“Extra help if Boing lays you off,” page one, August 1.]

So the unions got together and persuaded the federal government to offer these extra benefits to workers who may be laid off. To justify this by saying the loss may be from outsourcing is ridiculous.

You used to save with a rainy-day fund; but now when jobs are lost, it’s no problem, with extended unemployment assistance plus the unmanaged food-stamp agency, to name a few.

What that means is the average American taxpayer gets to foot that bill while those on limited income and our returning vets who often wait for meager benefits to come their way continue to spiral downward.

We are becoming more and more socialistic and that does not bode well for this country.

Roberta Tarr, Clinton, Island County

Comments | More in Economy, Seattle | Topics: benefits, Boeing, downsizing

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