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Time to make unemployment benefits a permanent entitlement?

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How long is a temporary emergency in the nation's capital? World War II lasted just under 45 months, from Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, to the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program that President Obama and congressional Democrats want to extend started in June 2008 and is now in its 66th month.

What's wrong with this picture? Perhaps it's time to stop calling it either temporary or for an emergency and start calling it a permanent entitlement.

Democrats could then be candid about paying people not to work and Republicans would no longer have to worry about being called Scrooges for asking where the money will come from to pay for their not working. (Tongue is firmly planted in cheek).

(Editor's Note: Confused by yesterday's Morning Examiner? It wasn't your fault, it was mine. I misread an announcement about the Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom and used data from the previous year. The new edition appears next week and will be correctly reported in this space.)

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: Iraq is reaping the bloody fruits of Obama's indifference.

Cal Thomas: Bye-bye Phil Everly.

Gregory Kane: War on poverty turned poor folks into victims.

Buckley Carlson: Detroit's bankruptcy and the art of the inanimate.

Examiner Watchdog/Luke Rosiak: Agency gives out cash but does nothing to ensure it's spent properly.

Examiner Watchdog/Michal Conger: State Department's Facebook spending highlights lack of transparency in contracting.

David M. Drucker: GOP sees opportunity, not risk, in opposing extending unemployment.

Susan Ferrechio: House GOP group charges Obama's immigration program will hurt U.S. workers.

Michael Barone: House retirements, on balance, favor GOP.

Beltway Confidential/Joel Gehrke: Issa warns Sebelius about misleading Congress on Obamacare.

In other news

The Washington Post: India targets U.S. expats' privileges.

CBS News: Christie vows accountability in bridge vendetta.

Boston Globe: Cell phone giants cling to two-year contracts.

The New York Times: Violence in Iraq exposes limits on U.S. policy.

ABC News: Next, it's massive radiation from the Sun hurtling toward Earth.

USA Today: Rodman apologizes, then heads to ski resort.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Meet the eight people who are ruining Chris Christie's week.

Politico: Cancer-stricken Coburn weighs cutting his term short.

New Republic: Brian Schweitzer is an NRA darling.

Bonus must-read

Salon: New report kills GOP's radical agenda.

Righty Playbook

The Wall Street Journal/Opinion Page: How the college bubble will pop.

The Weekly Standard: Obama administration's Benghazi bombshell.

Powerline Blog: A perverse civil rights crusade.

Bonus must-read

National Review Online: Is income inequality a symptom or a disease?

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Mark Tapscott

Executive Editor
The Washington Examiner