We discuss and comment on the role agriculture will play in the containment of the CO2 problem and address protocols for terraforming the planet Earth.
A model farm template is imagined as the central methodology. A broad range of timely science news and other topics of interest are commented on.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thirty Two States Borrow to Fund Unemployment Insurance
As I have posted, the present regime is incapable of taking fruitful steps to turn any of this around. In fact, besides preventing the banking system from simply collapsing and producing an outright depression, nothing is even been attempted yet.
The actual economy is still tracking the shape of the Great Depression. A massive loss of employment is not been remedied. This is mostly because industry itself and the economy remains weak and possibly lacking credit and credit takes a long time to build naturally.
Again, our best and perhaps only route that can be easily inspired by government action is the housing and mortgage industry through a direct reform of the mortgage laws and the decision to backstop the whole system through the banking system.
The politicians are all pretending the problem is going away. That is an interesting experiment and it will be curious to see how it works out. Recall that Japan has not yet properly recovered from the collapse of 1990 and it is twenty years later.
My most pressing concern is not the steady increase in unfunded government and private liabilities because the act of creating new cash offsets those problems. It is the ten mill or so individuals who are presently lacking employment. Their benefits are disappearing and they are not paying any taxes at all. Thus tax revenues are shrinking still and no one is addressing it at all.
There are solutions, but unfortunately, Barrack Obama looks to be the least able to grasp the options of anyone, just when a president’s leadership is needed.
EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal government has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion.
The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion.
Below is the full list of the 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) that have borrowed from the federal government to make unemployment payments, and the amounts that remain borrowed as of May 20 . (Numbers in red are billions)