Monday, June 28, 2010

Stop Waiting By The Mail Box - Republicans Drop Unemployment Extensions

Stop Waiting By The Mail Box - Republicans Drop Unemployment Extensions

We all know, the times are fucking tough right now. Those who have had unemployment extend well past six months were living on borrowed time. I say that because it's true. The Senate really has been fighting tooth and nail with each other to keep unemployment benefits around in hopes of not pissing off the voters. It looks like that battle came to an end.
Republicans kill Senate jobless aid measure

WASHINGTON – Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats' showcase election-year jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits for millions of people out of work more than six months.

The 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster, delivering a major blow to President Barack Obama and Democrats facing big losses of House and Senate seats in the fall election.

The rejected bill would have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of thousands of state and local government workers and providing what White House officials called an insurance policy against a double-dip recession. It included dozens of tax breaks sought by business lobbyists and tax increases on domestically produced oil and on investment fund managers.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs accused Republicans of blocking a commonsense economic package aimed at helping Americans suffering in the recession. "The president has been clear: Americans should not fall victim to Republican obstruction at a time of great economic challenge for our nation's families," Gibbs said in a statement. "The president will continue to press Congress to pass this bill and bring this relief that's critical to our economic recovery."

The demise of the bill means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had been counting on federal aid will now have to consider a fresh round of budget cuts, tax hikes and layoffs of state workers.

"This is a bill that would remedy serious challenges that American families face as a result of this Great Recession," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chief author of the bill. "This is a bill that works to build a stronger economy. This is a bill to put Americans back to work."

The bill had been sharply pared back after weeks of negotiations with GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine. The most recent version, unveiled Wednesday night, contained new cuts to food stamps and scaled back the state aid provision to allow Democrats to claim the measure was fully paid for except for the unemployment insurance extension.

That didn't move Republicans like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

"It adds new taxes and over $30 billion to an already staggering $13 trillion dollar national debt," said McConnell.

Only one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted with Republicans. Another, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, did not vote.
This is one of those moments. The moments I say ffffffffffffffffffff because I can't complete the sound to say fuck. It's all only the f sound.

Not only is there no more unemployment extensions for many, there's also no more added government jobs? Yes, burn it down. Burn this gay world down now please. Things keep getting better for recent grads.

Are they really trying to destroy the country so they can point and yell about how government doesn't work? I mean, that's what it looks like here. I can't really see it any other way at this point. Don't these Republicans know that you can't take everything away from people? If people are desperate and don't have anything to lose, that's when bad shit happens. It's a simple common sense fact to know, right?

It seems like the Republican party is conducting a gran experiment in seeking to answer the question "How much is it possible to fuck someone over and have them still blame themselves." These are the same people demanding answers from Obama as to where are the jobs. And yet they actively vote against jobs bill.

What fucking morons are the Republicans? I can fully expect the Democrats to fail in capitalizing on this Republican embarrassment. No wait. I'm not even going to hold my breath for Democrats to actually try to capitalize on this because they wont.

If this keeps up we will hopefully see the Senate lined up and executed by the People's Army. The whole idea is stupid. When you give the unemployed money you guarantee that they aren't going to save it. They aren't going to put it under their mattress.

It's a perfect way to stimulate the economy because these people will be spending their money in the economy on food and services. They are constantly moving that money. With that option gone you pretty much have made it impossible for them to pay the mortgage causing a foreclosure and starting a domino effect of shit.

Fuck it. I mean, let's just wrap it up. Look at what we have going for ourselves;

- A worthless president who killed any and all hope he inspired in an entire generation.
- Every state bankrupt
- Entire financial system is a shame and exists only to finish sucking dry whatever money you have left.
- A giant oil gusher down south that will not be stopped
- Rich people buying laws to fuck you personally and not even being discrete about it anymore.
- Zero fuckin' infrastructure
- A military force that can't even defeat some guys living in caves after 10 years.
- Health-care that is a distant dream for some and a nightmare for most everyone else
- The inability to afford to pay unemployment benefits anymore, despite it being paid into for years and years and years by everyone.

Fuck it, we're done and if you don't believe me just realize that there are 5 people looking for work for each job opening.

I've followed this for some time and with vested interest since I know a lot of people who depend on their extended unemployment to keep them going. They're basically held hostage by this with zero money even though the budget for 2011 already accounted for an extension of EUC through the entire year.

The essentially did the same shit in April. It takes some serious balls and lack of morals and a really damn ignorant public to actually filibuster the bill that millions of Americans are literally depending on to survive and not be on the receiving end of a pitchfork-wielding mob.

Then again, any American who is not directly affected by this will probably never know it happened. The complacency in our society is probably at its peak and is by design. In short, we couldn't give a fuck about what the guy next to us has to deal with.

So how out of touch are the Senators? Here, read some quotes from them and find out;
Republican Sharron Angle, running for Senate in Nevada: "[W]e have put in so much entitlement into our government that we
really have spoiled our citizenry and said, you don't want the jobs that are available."
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona): "[C]ontinuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work."
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): "We shouldn't turn the safety net into a hammock. It should actually be a safety net."
Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada): "Is the government now creating hobos?"
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): "You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs."
Republican Sharron Angle, running for Senate in Nevada: "[W]e have put in so much entitlement into our government that we
really have spoiled our citizenry and said, you don't want the jobs that are available."

fffffffffffff... It just seems so silly that they're not even hiding it anymore. They are trying to sabotage the economic recovery so that they can blame it on Obama in November.

At this point I just wonder if it's possible that at this point, your republicans are openly holding your country hostage and demanding that you put them into power before they stop destroying it. Or maybe they'll just keep burning it to the ground when they get into power again anyway. I mean, look at Reagan.

Even worse is that they will use the less people filing for unemployment as a sign, some indication that the jobs market has improved and there's some how more jobs out there and the economy is finally getting better. Only, it just means that more people have just been pushed out of the system altogether.

Let's just face it.. we're fucked. Simple as that.

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