by Patrick Appel

McArdle whacks Jim Bunning for blocking an unemployment benefits extension:

Even if you think the government needs a plan to get its house in order, why on earth is Bunning making a stand on this issue?  It's political poison--even the Republican base knows people who are out of work.  It's terrible economic policy--suddenly cutting off the taps would have nasty knock-on effects on the economy.  And while it's a lot of money, it's one of the few government programs that pretty much unequivocally improve the net welfare of the American people.  If Bunning wants to hold up something, how about finding some useless defense appropriations to complain about?

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