Regarding the Sept. 23 column “ Cruelty no path to prosperity”: Paul Krugman is at it again.
Krugman doen’t want to face the fact that if we pay people not to work, they will not work. It is just human nature. No one is blaming the victims. The culprit is clear: the Obama administration’s policies.
If Krugman wants evidence of what works and what doesn’t, he needs to look at North Carolina. After overly generous and overly long benefits were trimmed, unemployment dropped precipitously. No one is being treated cruelly. People are given a half of a year of support in which to find a job.
He dismisses the idea that the feds might cook the books on unemployment rates when it is clear that that is what happened prior to the 2012 election.
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And then he gets really desperate to support his arguments by playing the race card. He hypothesizes that conservatives may not know that the majority of the unemployed are white and that they think that they are “dark-skinned ... takers.” What a ridiculous stretch. It doesn’t even deserve a response.
What Krugman needs to realize is that if someone doesn’t finish school, chances are he will be poor.
Vincent M. DiSandro Sr.