Americans in California, Florida, Illinois, and several other states were kicked off the rolls Saturday – thanks to austerity legislation pushed by House-Republicans earlier this year that reduces the number of weeks of unemployment benefits someone can receive from 99 weeks down to 79 weeks. So far – more than 400,000 Americans have lost their benefits thanks to this new law.
Even though the economy has slightly improved – unemployment is still disturbingly high in places like California – where more than 100,000 people lost their benefits despite unemployment at 11% in the state. And as more and more Americans lose their benefits – and no longer have money to spend and stimulate the economy – then we could be headed for another economic downturn. Of course that’s exactly what the Republican Party wants – the economy to tank just before November to make President Obama look bad.