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Jon Tester Montana Politics

Jon Tester’s Disappointing Position on Unemployment

I’ve been thinking this over all day, and just don’t get it. Why would Senator Tester think the best way to save six billion dollars would be to take benefits from those most impacted by the recession?

Tester says it makes sense to cut the $25 addition to unemployment checks because it was only meant to be temporary anyway.

He says it saves taxpayers money without "yanking the carpet out from under Americans who are looking for work."

It’s not only unnecessarily cruel to people who need the money, it doesn’t make economic sense. Unemployment benefits are excellent short-term stimulus:

An interesting group to target for imposing pain — workers who have lost their livelihood. Ironically, according to a National Employment Law Project report, “the Congressional Budget Office estimates that every dollar of UI benefits results in $1.90 of economic activity, making unemployment insurance one of the most effective forms of short-term stimulus.”

Disappointing and puzzling, to say the least.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • tester needs to get himself a compass. he is fast losing his way with the people of this state who originally supported him only to placate a handful of tea party cranks.

  • Jon Tester is a socialist and he wants to see all businesses fail. He wants to see everything fail so that he and his socialist pals can figure prominently in the rebuild.

    Jon tester rips the heart out of Montanans’ future with his corrupt healthcare bill and then he parades around acting like he cares about small business and jobs.

    The only job this socialist creep cares about is his own. He sold out the American people and his Montana constituants when he railroaded his healthcare bill through.

    He got paid bigtime by rich doctors and insurance companies to close his eyes and vote.

    Here is a cool website dedicated to getting Jon Tester and Max Baucus voted out:

    Don’t believe any of Jon Tester's lies.


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