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By: T. Cahill
Washington, D.C. (Jun 25) – After a debacle of a week spent studiously avoiding doing the right thing, that of assisting millions of unemployed Americans, the Senate convened this morning at 9:30 a.m. EDT and then left for a long weekend, adjourning at 11:04 a.m. EDT. Less than two hours later.
When the Senate returns Monday morning and handles “morning business”, the afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. On the radar for Monday is not hopeful for jobless millions. The Senate schedule is set for consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Act of 2010. Note the words, “to proceed to”.
The question therefore remains in the minds of millions of unemployed, where does H.R. 4213 stand, what about unemployment extensions? After a week-long, and fruitless attempt to make the GOP see that using money to create jobs and get people off of the unemployment line was ridiculous, test votes and calls for cloture, etc., continued to fall on the deaf ears of Republicans, one Democrat in sheep’s clothing, and a second Democrat did not vote.
This bill and its amendment to close the “only for the rich” tax loopholes the Bush administration spent eight years opening the flood gates for, is so critical that even the thought of allowing millions to become completely destitute would seem unlikely. However, that is what the current status appears to be; help is dying.
Republicans preach and speech on the floor, and did so not only throughout this past week but for the past 20 plus days, that the deficit was getting out of hand and it was time to stop the spending. From accusing the unemployed of being too shiftless and lazy to get out and find a job, to insisting monies used to create jobs be used to pay for H.R. 4213, to fighting against breaking up the basic monopoly for the rich they so love to protect, this past week has been yet another nightmare.
The Republicans preach about “fiscal responsibility” now, when it is nothing but a mere tool for them to use to make them appear responsible. Responsible spending has never been on the GOP radar, along with responsible saving.
People are waking up. People, even sworn Republicans, are voicing their disdain for the party of NO. People are making it perfectly clear that, assuming they can get by until election time, Republicans will not be getting their support in the election booths.
The American people are well aware that upon taking office Bush was left with a surplus of money, lots of it. American citizens are also aware that those funds disappeared quicker than a magician’s trick on a Las Vegas show stage. After using all the surplus, deficit spending was a spree that continued unchecked throughout not one, but two Bush-Cheney terms in office.
While a small handful of individuals may continue to cling to a party that clearly does not have the middle class interests at heart, but does a bang up job of protecting the smallest, yet wealthiest, sector of this country, it is to be hoped that their friends and family will insist these same individuals stop getting their information in “sound bites”, misquoted and out of context at that.
Read Bills, watch the C-SPAN Senate floor coverage, listen to and read the full transcripts available of what each Senator actually states and stop being so naive.
In a desperate attempt to help the unemployed, the legislation was revised with everything except what is, and always has been, considered emergency spending – unemployment – accounted for. The GOP Party of No loudly and without regard rejected every attempt.
To the unemployed of all ages, hardest hit those in their 50s and 60s who truly do toil day in and day out trying to find any job, anywhere, the message from the Republicans… take a hike.
Voter and business groups in need of the renewal of tax breaks outrage may provide the pressure necessary to take this legislation, now literally “on the back burner” off, and get America the help it needs.
So the Senate takes yet another long weekend, again. How the Senate can and would do so in good conscience the rest of this country should certainly be asking itself.