Why not unemployment compensation?

Jimmy Carter famously borrowed Admiral Rickover’s question to ask Why Not the Best? Less famously, Barack Obama told Governor Jindal too chill out about Obama’s job killing Gulf drilling moratorium. Those who would lose their jobs, Obama told Jindal, “can file for unemployment.” It could be the motto of the Obama administration so far.
Why not unemployment compensation? A reader writes with one answer to the question:

The maximum, weekly, unemployment benefit in Louisana is $247! (pre-tax)…..
Yeah, so tell a father/mother of three it’s okay to lose your $60K a year salary to the moratorium because there’s always unemployment!

In Carter’s case, Why Not the Best? was a trick question. Why not unemployment compensation? isn’t quite so tricky, but Obama needs help answering it.


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