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Reid To Extend Jobless Aid Another Year

From a cheering Associated Press:

Reid seeks extension of jobless aid

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 23

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pressing to extend unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless through December as he and Republicans try to clear leftover Senate business.

Reid also hopes to keep helping cash-strapped states with their Medicaid budgets, he said Tuesday on the Senate floor. Taken together, these proposals would cost in the range of $100 billion.

Remember way back two weeks ago when Mr. Reid dramatically killed the ‘bipartisan’ ‘jobs’ bill, because it was too expensive at $85 billion dollars.

Mr. Reid offered a ‘far more modest’ $15 billion dollar jobs bill instead.

But lest we forget, that first bill not only extended unemployment and health insurance subsidies, but tax cuts as well. (Which of course is the real reason Reid killed the bill.)

So instead of that $85 billion ‘bipartisan’ bill the fiscally responsible Democrats are giving us three bills which now total $115 billion.

Which is of course exactly what we predicted. (Which, admittedly, was not hard to do, since this is precisely what labor union leaders have said they wanted.)

There is nothing new in the emerging measure to spur job growth. Instead, it would extend provisions that senators in both parties say have generally been helpful to the economy.

But it will buy votes, so technically it is a jobs bill for the Democrat Congressmen.

Facing a Feb. 28 deadline, Reid hopes to pass two measures, one as soon as possible.

What is this deadline, except something the Democrats have invented so that they can ram these bills through before anyone has a chance to think about them?

Which is exactly what they try to do with all their legislation, come to think of it.

The first includes a 30-day extension of several of soon-to-expire provisions such as jobless aid, parts of the Patriot Act and prevention of cuts in Medicare payments to doctors.

Reid and McConnell were discussing the parameters of the second — a broader, longer-term measure — in a private conversation on the Senate floor. A top Reid aide could be overheard suggesting a full-year extension of unemployment insurance and a 65 percent health insurance subsidy for the unemployed through the federal COBRA program

Unemployment benefits have already been extended for up to 99 weeks, which is almost two years. The Democrats are going to increase this another whole year?

Reid dropped the help for the unemployed from the jobs bill. Republicans were unhappy Reid had also discarded an extension of more than 40 expired tax breaks they wanted in the bill. A trimmed-down version of the jobs bill advanced on a bipartisan 62-30 vote Monday to end a GOP filibuster.

Notice how the AP saved for the very last paragraph of the article the minor detail that the only thing jettisoned in this entire process has been the extension of 40 tax cuts.

Obviously tax cuts would never stimulate the economy or help create jobs. Certainly not the way extending unemployment benefits and subsidizing health insurance do.

By the way, we are reminded of what Ben Franklin once said:

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

But he’s the same Ben Franklin who warned about how the republic would be destroyed once the citizenry realized they could vote themselves money.

So what did he know?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Reid To Extend Jobless Aid Another Year”

  1. Right of the People says:


    He also said: ‘They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

    Something we are in danger of doing if we don’t stop these leeches.

  2. wirenut says:

    To quote Thomas Paine on the issue of independence, he wrote,[ There is something absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.] Mr. Paine clearly, was referring to England in his time. The “island” now is D.C. The stakes are just as high as they were for our founders.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “Democrats to extend joblessness another year”

    There……….now it is believable without a doubt!!

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Will Harry Reid be eligible for unemployment benefits in November?

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