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Democrats Demagogue Jobless Benefits

From an outraged (at Republicans) Associated Press:

1.3 million unemployed won’t get benefits restored

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer

July 1, 2010

WASHINGTON – More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong vacation for Independence Day.

An additional 200,000 people who have been without a job for at least six months stand to lose their benefits each week, unless Congress acts.

For the third time in as many weeks, Republicans in the Senate successfully filibustered a bill Wednesday night to continue providing unemployment checks to people who been laid off for long stretches. The House is slated to vote on a similar measure Thursday, though the Senate’s action renders the vote a futile gesture as Congress prepares to depart Washington for its holiday recess.

A little more than 1.3 million people have already lost benefits since the last extension ran out at the end of May.

"It is beyond disappointing that Republicans continue to stand almost lockstep against assistance for out-of-work Americans," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

This is political grandstanding of the worst kind. The Republicans have repeatedly said that they would extend unemployment benefits if the Democrats would strip out all the other things they have larded up the bill with. That is to say, the Republicans have said they would vote for a stand-alone unemployment extension.

But the Democrats refuse present such a bill because they think they can score political points by claiming that the GOP opposes extending benefits for those out of work.

Unable to deliver more stimulus spending for President Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress had hoped to at least restore the jobless benefits.

What media bias?

Obama has urged lawmakers to spend about $50 billion to help states pay for Medicaid programs and to avoid teacher layoffs, but Democrats in Congress have been unable to come up with the votes.

Many Democrats see state aid and unemployment benefits as insurance against the economy sliding back into recession. However, many Republicans and some Democrats worry about adding to the growing national debt.

Some Republicans offered to support the unemployment bill if it was paid for with unspent money from last year’s massive economic recovery package. Democrats rejected the offer, saying the money was needed for jobs programs.

Translation, Republicans say that the still unspent 43% of the ‘stimulus’ funds could be used to pay for unemployment benefits. But the Democrats want to hold on to that to use to save their jobs in November.

Oh, and never mind that the the Congress is supposed to be bound by its own self-imposed PAYGO legislation, which requires them to pay for whatever new spending they pass.

"The only reason the unemployment extension hasn’t passed is because Democrats simply refuse to pass a bill that doesn’t add to the debt," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said, "My concern is that the Democrats are more interested in having this issue to demagogue for political gamesmanship than they are in simply passing the benefits extension."

The unemployment bill would have provided up to a total of 99 weekly unemployment checks averaging $335 to people whose 26 weeks of state-paid benefits have run out.

The benefits would be available through the end of November, at a cost of $33.9 billion. The money would be borrowed, adding to the budget deficit.

“Through the end of November” being the operative phrase here.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Democrats Demagogue Jobless Benefits”

  1. 64dodger says:

    Maybe they should get off their big fat dead asses and find a job. Oh I know they are none. Bull, if you want to work bad enough you will find something.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Yes, Macy*s, Things Remembered, McDonald’s, etc., around here are taking applicatons.

  2. Helena says:

    Can the Dims not spell BEN NELSON? What kind of nonsense is this? One of their own is blocking their bill and they blame Republicans. How typical.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Some Republicans offered to support the unemployment bill if it was paid for with unspent money from last year’s massive economic recovery package. Democrats rejected the offer, saying the money was needed for jobs programs.

    Yes, “jobs programs”. Um, pardon me, but your slip is showing.

    Some day, we’ll get to find out where all this money actually went/is going. Cleverly labeled and hidden in various places, this will no doubt will come to be known as “The democrats’ giant boondoggle” where they robbed the people of billions (a trillion) and used to try to buy the 2012 election.

    Hopefully, if a conservative America still exists, schoolkids will learn of “The Great Theft of 2010” when the democrats took all the money and tried to use it to steal the next election. And the ensuing laws that resulted from such action.

    I would love to hang the boy from his testicles but, alas, he has none. Just brazen rhetoric and a whole lotta sham-wow.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    If they really cared, they wouldn’t go on vacation and they would strip the pork out of their bill (and use the cash they have allocated but don;t really have).
    I hope their constituents make give them a REAL warm welcome (torches mandatory, pitchforks optional).

  5. Tater Salad says:

    The Democratic Party, now better known as Crime Incorporated should use the un-used portions of the TARP/stimulus monies that their dear comrade leader has stashed away for briberies and extortion for votes on future bills if unemployment is so dear to their hearts. Wow, this economy sure is humming along since The Messiah has injected all this stimulus money into the system. Pathetic!

  6. proreason says:

    “Obama has urged lawmakers to spend about $50 billion to help states pay for Medicaid programs and to avoid teacher layoffs”

    I would vote for $50 billion if they promised to layoff the teachers anyway.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    I can’t believe how shameful our overall government has become, what would the Founding Fathers say now?

    In your mind, name 1 thing where our money goes that is useful? No, every dollar is a manipulation of a vote, used to pay for an abusive government system, wasted in some sort of fraud scheme and / or given to defective, dumb, lazy, worthless people.

    It has been time for about 40 years to just start over again, we are better off.

  8. Drewmann says:

    I just interviewed for a job today, I live in northern Nevada and this was the first position open in my trade (I service and install Fire Alarm Systems) that I have seen in the 12 plus months I have been out of work. If anyone is wondering I have also applied for every single job I might be remotely qualified for that has come up in my area. I would happily drive a forklift, sort orders in a wharehouse or do any kind of honest work that would take me off the unemployment rolls. I am almost 50 years old and this is the first time in my life I have found myself out of work for more than a few days. Now I find out that in addition to systematically strangling any hope of economic recovery (Cut taxes AND spending!! you morons! this is not rocket science!) the Dems are going to hold unemployment benefits hostage to yet more insane spending and blame the Republicans as usual. I am beginning to doubt if we will survive this as a country. I am finding myself rooting for the Mayan Apacolypse. I may be wandering around struggling to survive in a devastated landscape but at least I won’t have Obalmy, Pelosi and Reid nattering away at me.

    • proreason says:

      You and the country have my deepest sympathies Drewman. There isn’t much to say except to note that this country has been through many hardships and come out of all of them proud and standing. Pray that this time is no different.

      And tell everybody that you know that the root cause of the current problems is the criminal abandonment of the founding principles, which Reaper Reid in the forefront, a criminal if there ever was one.

      And vote in November with a vengence.

      And once the Mafiaticians are in jail, never let them come out of their cessppols again.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Some Republicans offered to support the unemployment bill if it was paid for with unspent money from last year’s massive economic recovery package. Democrats rejected the offer, saying the money was needed for jobs programs.

    “What frickin’ jobs are they talking about?”
    The ones they were focused like a laser on last summer?
    Grrrrrrrrrr…………


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