Mick Mulvaney joined us on the show today.Check out the interview below.
3:05 Should we extend unemployment benefits? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-presses-republicans-to-extend-unemployment-insurance/
3:35 Chicken coops or not to have chicken coops...that is the question.
4:05 Obamacare is a mess...more from the health care industry
4:35 Rand Paula and the 4th amendment debate http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/8/sen-rand-paul-supreme-court-needs-re-examine-fourt/
5:05 Should we extend unemployment benefits?http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-presses-republicans-to-extend-unemployment-insurance/
5:35 Congressman Mick Mulvaney will stop in to pay us a visit.
The debate is raging in Congress over what do with the 1.3 million people whose unemployment insurance ends on Dec 31st. Here in SC that affects 29,000 people. In Richland county it's 2508 people who will no longer receive unemployment benefits at the end of the month.
Jonathon Rush agrees with Rand Paul who told Chris Wallace on Fox News yesterday, that extending those benefits is a disservice to those receiving the benefits. Rand cited a recent poll of employers who were asked
"if you have a worker that’s been unemployed for four weeks and on unemployment insurance and one that’s on ninety-nine weeks, which would you hire? Every employer, nearly 100%, said they will always hire the person who’s been out of work four weeks. When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for ninety-nine weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. While it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you’re trying to help.”
It's actually worse than that because the poll found that employers would rather hire a convict than someone who has been unemployed for 2 years. The older you get the less likely employers are to consider you as well. So if you're over 45 and have been unemployed a couple of years it's now next to impossible for you to re enter the work force. For unemployed people 45-54 the average time to find work is an incredible 45 weeks! Over 55 it jumps to 67 weeks! And of course the majority of those who do land jobs find they are far different than their previous jobs. Greeters, cashiers, and cleaning crews seem to the most popular.
That's why I disagree with Rand and Rush. The first point is in times of recession our country has regularly extended unemployment benefits. The last 3 recessions unemployment benefits were extended till long term unemployment fell below 1.3 percent. Long term is defined as 27 weeks or longer. Currently the long term unemployment rate is 2.6 percent. We hit 2.6% previously for a few weeks in 1983 and before that it was WWII. So we have always helped individuals out of work far longer if the country is coming out of recession.
My second point is really more of a plan. On Friday we spoke with Dr Von Nessen like we always do when the job numbers come out. One of the things in that conversation that stood out to me was the rate of unfilled jobs in America is 3%. That means there are millions of jobs (an estimated 4 million) that stay open for 3 months or more. The companies are struggling to find employees to do the work! Good jobs like Machinist (135,000 openings), Accountant (55,000 openings), Engineer (73,000 openings), and Mechanics (53,000 openings) are just part of a long list of jobs unfilled for 3 months or more because people don't have the skills. So my plan thought is rather than kick someone off after 2 years of unemployment we should do now, what we should have done in 2008 when this problem raised it's head. I believe Congress should the unemployment insurance law again. The first 8 weeks you simply need to show that you're attempting to find work like we currently do. I believe a lot of folks can find work in their field that first 2 months. However at the end of 8 weeks and continuing on for the other 91 weeks you'll have to be enrolled in a continuing education class. I imagine it would be a deal where the government pays your tuition for 2 years of school. There should be no interest charged on that loan.
I look at this the way I look at my argument with the President over green energy. I get the goal is to have renewable energy, but don't kick us off oil to "inspire us" to make the move. The goal is get millions of American's trained in fields where we need workers! But don't kick them off unemployment to inspire them.
My position is in the middle of Rand Pauls' "kick them off for their own good" plan and Obama's "just keep giving them cash till they miracuolosuly find a job for no known reason". I'm sure my plan has lot's of problems with it that you'll be happy to enlighten me about after 3 or 5 today when we are scheduled to discuss it on air. Or feel free to post a comment!
Jake Moore joined us to talk about Arbor day. Check out the interview,and to learn more call Jake at 796-9160 or at www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org.
Lindsey Graham joined us today check out the interview below.