The NY Times throws its readers a curveball with an article denouncing unemployment benefits:
Some Unemployed Find Fault in Extension of Jobless Benefits
By SHAILA DEWAN
Dan Tolleson, a researcher and writer with a Ph.D. in politics, has been out of work since 2009, except for brief stints as a driver. Still, he opposes President Obama’s call for Congress to renew extensions on unemployment benefits.
“They’re going to end up spending more money on unemployment benefits, while less money is coming in on tax returns,” he said, suggesting that the government should focus on measures that might encourage businesses to hire. “Far better to relax some of these outrageous regulations.”
Make no mistake — Mr. Tolleson, 54, has collected unemployment checks, saying he had little choice. But his objection to a policy that would probably benefit him shows just how divisive the question has become of providing a bigger safety net to the long-term jobless, a common strategy in recessions.
Wow. And lest you wonder, Mr. Tolleson (Linked-In profile) has been a writer for some groups that strike me as somewhat right-wing (Constitution Party of Texas, Americans for Fair Taxation). He has also been a Ron Paul backer, so he is not the normal go-to guy for a NY Times article on anything.
Normally the Times is a helpful baromater of progressive CW. So why aren't they manning the barricades for extended unemployment benefits?