"Just say no!"

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Thom
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The AP reporting that a Republican filibuster is gaining more momentum to kill long-sought legislation extending unemployment benefits.  The modern Republican Party's unofficial slogan: "Just say no!"  No, that is, to anything that may benefit average working or unemployed Americans.  On the other hand, of course, the Republicans are pushing hard to cut the Estate Tax, protect BP, and to cut taxes on millionaires and billionaires.  Yes to the rich, no to working people: America's GOBP.

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Innocent
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Thom wrote: The AP reporting

Thom wrote:

The AP reporting that a Republican filibuster is gaining more momentum to kill long-sought legislation extending unemployment benefits.  The modern Republican Party's unofficial slogan: "Just say no!"  No, that is, to anything that may benefit average working or unemployed Americans.  On the other hand, of course, the Republicans are pushing hard to cut the Estate Tax, protect BP, and to cut taxes on millionaires and billionaires.  Yes to the rich, no to working people: America's GOBP.


That is a bit disingenuous. They are finally doing what they are supposed to be doing if they want to call themselves fiscal conservatives. Republicans have offered the Dems the unused stimulus money for the unemployment benefits, they refused and instead want to go even further in debt by hundreds of billions more. What, 2 years worth of unemployment isn’t enough?

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As Paul Krugman and his wife wrote in their textbook on Macroeconomics: “Public policy designed to help workers who lose their jobs can lead to structural unemployment as an unintended side effect… In other countries, particularly in Europe, benefits are more generous and last longer. The drawback to this generosity is that it reduces a worker’s incentive to quickly find a new job. Generous unemployment benefits in some European countries are widely believed to be one of the main causes of Eurosclerosis, the persistent high unemployment that affects a number of European countries.”

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  Quote: What, 2 years worth

 

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What, 2 years worth of unemployment isn’t enough?

 

Not as long as the jobs remain oversees.  Not as long as major international corporations are receiving federal subsidies.  Not as long as the tax rates on the wealthiest individuals are below rates maintained during the Reagan error.  And not as long as Banks refuse to loan money to mom-and-pop businesses who are trying to start or expand their practices.

DRC
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Very nice and very real! The

Very nice and very real!

The idiots are not interested in a Middle Class recovery, and pretending to be fiscal conservatives is the final straw in hypocrisy and hubris.  Where were they when the looting was in full bloom?  And what are they trying to cut instead of the incredible waste of the petromilitary industrial complex?

In addition to the fact that unemployment insurance is paid into by workers and is not just the dole, the policies that have stripped the American economy have enriched a few who currently do not pay back much of anything.  Fairness alone would justify extending unemployment benefits for many years until workers could really find jobs.  Cons love to talk about job creation by industry and complain about government jobs as if they did not generate the value they represent.  

The fact is, putting the unemployed to work is how to get the economy stimulated.  We have experienced and educated people doing little or nothing and there is so much that needs doing.  Because the financialists have screwed up the monetary system, the transfusion has to come from the government.  We ought to hold the banksters by the ankles and shake until their pockets and portfolios are empty, but that takes time and people with needs cannot wait.  

If you want to talk about wasteful "make work," try our stupid wars for oil.  It is not how tough the job is that makes it worthwhile.  Paying for these disasters is the dumbest form of socialism possible.  Until they stop the wars, fiscal conservatives need to shut the eff up about spending.

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I also believe this has been

I also believe this has been done for purely political maneuvering as well.  Yes, Republicans don't support unemployment benefits, because they think it creates a lazy society.  However, what do you do when there are more unemployed than jobs?  And don't give me this crap about go get a job at McDonald's.  How does anyone support a family on minimum wage, even working 3 jobs?

So more people lose their homes, and probably don't even have enough to eat.  Yes hunger is a BIG issue in America (you didn't realize that conservatives, just do a little research, its tragic!).  Now summer is coming and you might begin to see riots.  I mean how much are people supposed to take? 

Of course, this plays well as a portrayal of Obama's America, and how awful life is.  Most people forget how and why, America got to this point in the first place.

Very sad, sorry state of affairs. 

OneSmartRat
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Innocent wrote:Thom

Innocent wrote:
Thom wrote:

The AP reporting that a Republican filibuster is gaining more momentum to kill long-sought legislation extending unemployment benefits.  The modern Republican Party's unofficial slogan: "Just say no!"  No, that is, to anything that may benefit average working or unemployed Americans.  On the other hand, of course, the Republicans are pushing hard to cut the Estate Tax, protect BP, and to cut taxes on millionaires and billionaires.  Yes to the rich, no to working people: America's GOBP.

That is a bit disingenuous. They are finally doing what they are supposed to be doing if they want to call themselves fiscal conservatives. Republicans have offered the Dems the unused stimulus money for the unemployment benefits, they refused and instead want to go even further in debt by hundreds of billions more. What, 2 years worth of unemployment isn’t enough?
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As Paul Krugman and his wife wrote in their textbook on Macroeconomics: “Public policy designed to help workers who lose their jobs can lead to structural unemployment as an unintended side effect… In other countries, particularly in Europe, benefits are more generous and last longer. The drawback to this generosity is that it reduces a worker’s incentive to quickly find a new job. Generous unemployment benefits in some European countries are widely believed to be one of the main causes of Eurosclerosis, the persistent high unemployment that affects a number of European countries.”

 

Gee, how come they weren't acting so concerned about the national debt.and being "fiscally conservative" during Dubbya's reign?

Oh, that's right, I forgot ...I'm just a lowly peasant, what do I know?

(Where's the classsic Frankenstein mob with the torches, pitchforks and rope when you need 'em anyway?!)

i have been thinking about staring a bumper sticker business for years ...my only one sticker would simply say "Kill the rich!" ....maybe on a nice smiley-face-yellow background written in big bold black letters. I have often joked about it with friends, but now I might have a booming business these days were I to actually print this one up, I imagine.....lol. Too bad I am not a capitalist ...!

lol

 

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