So in a nutshell we need to give people more money for doing nothing and pay them more for menial jobs. Sounds like a great way to encourage people to better themselves.
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President Obama turned to newly elected mayors Friday to press for an extension of unemployment benefits and an increase in the minimum wage, legislative goals that have both stalled on Capitol Hill.

“You’ve got potentially 1.3 million people who, during Christmas-time, are going to lose their unemployment benefits, at a time when it’s still very difficult for a lot of folks to find a job,” Obama said before a gathering with the city leaders Friday at the White House.

“That’s not just bad for those individuals and for those families, that’s bad for our economy and that’s bad for our cities,” he added.

The president met with New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, among other city executives.

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