Millionaires Yes! Unemployed No!

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Congress left for a four day break after again not extending jobless benefits for an estimated 325,000 people. They didn't fund summer jobs for at-risk youths or help recently laid-off people with health care. Extended unemployment money benefits expired on June 2. The House voted on Nov. 30, but the Senate failed to hold a vote as Republican obstruction of virtually everything conceivable - particularly help for the most vulnerable people among our population - continues. Meanwhile, Republicans and conservadems on the Senate Finance Committee are busy at work trying to prevent the Bush tax cut on the income of millionaires and billionaires from rising from it's current rate of 15 to 35 percent maximum income tax up to its previous rate under Clinton - which produced a balanced budget - of $39 percent.

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Our kids are counting on us to reverse austerity.

According to UNICEF, even in the world's richest countires, children remain “the most enduring victims” of the recession. In the last six years, 2.6 million more kids have fallen below the poverty line, and more than half of them live right here in the United States.

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