Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Note to Congress: Extend Unemployment Insurance Today

Yoo hoo, Congress..... in case you haven't noticed 14 million out of work Americans have been holding their breaths waiting for you to pass the third extension of unemployment benefits since the economic meltdown began in 2008. It's on the Senate floor and the Senate should be voting on it today.  After a major Republican filibuster, it looks like the bill will pass.  Finally!!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics:

"In June, the number of long-term unemployed(those jobless for 27 weeks and over)was unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made up 45.5 percent of unemployed persons."
 Get on with it and stop the theatrics, OK?  I am getting fed up with congressional gridlock.  You guys sit up there in Washington playing the angles while people are sleeping in their cars.  While we pour billions a day into your Republican wars, you are dithering over somebody who has been looking for a job for six months getting a few hundred dollars a month to keep body and soul together.This is not about the deficit. It is about politics.

Listen up, Republicans. I'm talking to YOU.  Your totally cynical,  fear-mongering performance on this issue is going to backfire on you bigtime. When you lose in November, don't say I didn't warn you. You guys better get over the 1970's "Welfare Queen" mentality.  These folks vote and  with unemployment at 10%, you just may be doing the Democrats a big big favor.  Do the math.

You are opposing an extension to unemployment on the grounds that it will encourage lazy people to loll around watching TV and not look for work. Are you crazy?  Have you noticed all the pictures of lines snaking around the block when Wal-Mart has three job openings?  Are you aware that in this downturn there are five applicants for every job available?  Do you know that for older workers and minorities the statiustics are even worse?

You say you are worried about the deficit   Well, all of us are worried about it. We all know that spending must be cut, but may I remind you that you Republicans created the deficit in the first place without a care for the future?  Where were your worries when the Bush Administration went to war in Iraq or pushed through Medicare Part D with no way to pay for it?  Or what about the fact that you want to make the Bush tax cuts for the  richest Americans permanent?

I know you want to go home and get re-elected and  your home-folks are worried about the deficit soooooo your political strategy is to deflect attention from where the real money is going  to the extension of unemployment so you can go home and tell them that YOU did your best to reign in those Liberals but they are just a bunch of socialists.

So go ahead-- scream and yell-- you know the extension is going to pass when it is voted on today. Everybody knows it.  Now,  you can still go home at election time and say you tried..

 I am sick of the cynicism. I am sick of the horse trading and earmarks.  I am sick of both sides of the aisle.  Get on with it, Congress.  Extend Unemployment Insurance today just because it is the right thing to do.


JamaGenie said...

You tell 'em, ppr! In my own area, EVERY pre-primary TV ad for Repug candidates includes some version of "I'm against anything Obama is for" and FOR extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, but NOT extending unemployment.

Obviously they're all drinking the same Kool-Aid being served up by the RNC. Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and the rest of Corporate America are its biggest contributors. To this bunch, 'for the people' means "people in my family, my company and my country club". I certainly hope playing the Scrooge card shows voters what self-serving jerks they REALLY are come November!

Frieda Babbley said...

Here here. Heartfelt post. This is a responsibility, there is no room for emotional playing around. All those piddly things need to be set aside and action really has to be taken. It's getting to the point where even if someone does get a job, they can't keep it because they're so behind monetarily that they are loosing things one by one... their car, their phone service, their... It's easy to jerk aside the masses when you're sitting in an air conditioned room; but what if you were sitting on a hot curb? What then? Would they be making the same choices? Would they still be putting things off? Aren't they there to speak for "us"? I count my blessings, but what about those who don't have that many to count?
Such a sad state of affairs.

Pamela Grundy said...

Amen, amen and applause, applause! I'm so sick of Congress--as you say, both sides--and the news too. These babies should have to get out here and work at WalMart for a couple of months, then get laid off. Maybe we should require that to get into Congress--you have to live in the real world for at least two months first.