Sorry, jobless! Congress won't extend unemployment

"You can't go on forever," Max Baucus tells the unemployed

By Alex Pareene
May 1, 2010 12:20AM (UTC)
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Congress has no plans to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the 99-week maximum. They also don't really have any plans to do anything for the long-term unemployed, because there is a quiet consensus among the political elite (and many media elites) that it's just not worth doing anything about widespread joblessness, besides finding it a Bad Thing in the abstract. "You can't go on forever," Senate Finance Committee chairman and heartless prick Max Bacus told Bloomberg news. Which is true! Eventually you die. Responsible fiscal conservatives are very zen about the problems of the downtrodden.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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