Okay, there were too many negatives in that title. Let me say it more positively: We positively must extend UI benefits, lest 1.3 million UI recipients lose needed UI benefits in a job market that is improving, but still slack.
The cuts which have already been forced on us have cost the economy nearly 1,000,000 jobs, according to the most conservative estimate, while robbing our economy of tens of billions in growth. Do you really think we want more of the same?
We're four years into a recovery that began in the second half of 2009, yet unemployment is still highly elevated, and job growth is once again decelerating. There should be no question that fiscal drag and general political dysfunction continues to hurt working families.
We have no official jobless number for September, and as long as the shutdown continues, the jobs conversation will remain largely shelved. It's not acceptable to simply shrug off the stories of millions of struggling Americans who have no voice in the current debate.