Is an unemployment check “welfare” or an “entitlement”? The discussion matters, as other observers have noted.
Cheryl Strauss Einhorn examines the distinction in greater detail for the latest Commentary. (There’s a subscriber link here.)
With the Obama administration’s historic extension of unemployment benefits to two years, fully 50 percent longer in duration than the prior record in the 1970s, the matter of the program’s true nature demands clarity. The unprecedented extension of benefits, combined with today’s dramatically high national unemployment, pushes the program out of the realm of political compromise and into the uncharted territory of grand social experimentation.