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March 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Unemployment compensation is necessary for widening inequality

I laud The Seattle Times for once again standing up for what is right (and pragmatic) by supporting the federal extension of unemployment benefits [“Congress, act to help long-term unemployed,” Opinion, March 16].

Due to the excellent documentation and rationale for said extension, I do not have any points to add in response. What I have to say is to the naysayers. First, for the numbers of long term unemployed nationally that we still have, effectively, we are still in the height of the 2008 recession. So, for the rest of us, many who write from the comfort of their nice upper middle class homes, who are you to call time?

Second, unemployment compensation is not a means tested program, if some receiving this benefit have 401Ks, they were employed relatively recently and were contributing to their retirement plans like the rest of us. They should not have to go without what little retirement security they have because economic measures that would have eased the unemployment situation have been rejected by the dominant political philosophies in Washington D.C.(example: the president’s jobs bill put forth in the last two years which was rejected by Congress). You say unemployment compensation increases the deficit, so do all those special tax loopholes available to the select in our society which make it possible for them to pay quite a bit less (if any) federal tax, plus they still have the advantage of most of the Bush tax cuts.

 Christine Wheeler, Edmonds

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