"In September, 1.4 million workers, or only 34 percent of all the long-term unemployed, received federal unemployment benefits, down from about 2.2 million workers a year ago." (source: The Hill)
"… by failing to address unemployment, we have, in fact, been sacrificing the future, too. What passes these days for sound policy is in fact a form of economic self-mutilation, which will cripple America for many years to come." (source: Paul Krugman)
I hope to address the issue in a longer piece soon. For now, though, I have to ask: who are we, as a nation, that we inflict such damage on ourselves?