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February 19, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Unemployment benefits: When is the right time to end handouts?

The Seattle Times editorial board says “it’s too soon to cut off” federal unemployment benefits (which the Times admits should be temporary) but doesn’t explain exactly when we should cut it off [“Congress, it’s time to extend federal unemployment benefits again,” Opinion, Feb. 17].

It’s just like affirmative-action proponents who repeatedly say it’s too soon to stop using the color of one’s skin as a factor in getting a job or entering college, but never explain when we should stop doing so.

Without a publicly stated exit strategy, these folks can repeatedly move the goal posts. Unemployment drops to 6 percent? “Nope, it’s still too soon.” Down to 5.8 percent? “Nope, it’s still too soon.”

Vague open-ended requests for billions of dollars in handouts (or, likewise, race-based special treatment) have no credibility and should be summarily ignored. Tell us exactly what criteria you’ll use to know when to end these allegedly temporary programs, and then we’ll talk.

Matthew Barry, Issaquah

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