Re "Jobless aid extension to end" (Page A1, Dec. 27): The failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits will cost our country 240,000 jobs, including an estimated 46,000 jobs in California. Unemployment benefits stimulate the economy immediately as recipients need to spend that money when they get it. The money they spend helps farmers who grow crops, truckers who haul the crops to market and store clerks who ring the purchases up and bag them. If this money is taken out of the economy, demand suffers and jobs are lost. The Council of Economic Advisers estimates that 3.6 million children will be affected by the loss of unemployment benefits by someone in their household. That's food directly taken off the table. This is not the first time Congress has harmed our country's economy. But with enough voters back home watching, it may be the last.
-- Patrick Stelmach, Sacramento