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Washington, D.C. (Aug 3) – With the Senate about to close its doors on Friday for yet another round of “end of session” vacations, many will return to both the House and Senate for a few short weeks in September with nothing more than “get me re-elected” on their minds. As a whole, the country’s legislative bodies are thinking about themselves not the welfare of this country, more strongly now than at another other time.
To date, the Republicans are putting on an unimpressive re-election preshow – in Las Vegas the old hook would have been used to pull them off the stage – by making their stand around the use of the simple smear campaign. Why bother coming up with real ideas and solutions when you can just blame the other party. It appears that Republicans have short and long-term memory loss, and that they have forgotten that the lack of “getting things done” has been largely due to their own obstructionist’s attitude throughout the 111th Congress. Grasping firmly the hands of the rich, yet trying and failing to appear as if they care about the middle class and the poor, the blame game in all likelihood will be the re-election attempted stance between now and November.
In turn, flyers, television commercials, and online campaign material from the other side of the aisle have begun to emerge. Stating the issues as they are, acknowledging that change has been and will continue to be a long, hard road, particularly if the other side of the aisle continues to play Robin Hood for the wrong people, their pre-campaigns often provide ideas for solutions should they ever get the other side to agree. The vast majority of Democrats and Independents, in their willingness to fight for those in need now, also do have their eye on the future no matter what the GOP would have us believe.
As stated often throughout the year, the reality is we must take care of today so there can be a future for those to come. With high unemployment, staggering foreclosures, opposition to job growth, and, adding to the stew the fact that the top 5%, the wealthy of this country, who were “luxury spending” at the beginning of the year, have suddenly decided to cut back. Their luxury spending spirs the economy. One wonders does this, too, have anything to do with November elections.
However, the situation as seen from these looking glasses is that both sides have forgotten a large, and ready to vote, side of the population. Yes, the “99ers”, those folks who long ago lost all unemployment extensions, have no unemployment benefits, no representation strong and bold enough in Congress to come forward, and no jobs, are a “millions of people” demographic all parties need to keep uppermost in their minds.
One such 99er, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote, “A bill should have been introduced already for the Unemployed 99ers. This country is in a mess and The Washington elected are fighting among themselves. We the 99ers and all the unemployed who need Unemployment benefits extended or even better jobs (but help until jobs are available) don’t much care about your [Congress] fighting.” She continues, “Those who have worked and need these benefits extended don’t see those funds as welfare. We were workers. We know it’s a fight to get those benefits extended but we didn’t even get a bill introduced or even drafted.
The coup de grace is her sentiment, “I was once a Republican and then converted to a Democrat in 2000. Now I’m neither. This is the face of a 99er who needed your help and didn’t get it.”
A warning to the Republicans of the Party of No, the Democrats, and the Independents gearing up for their snippet ads for television, newspapers, and online syndication – ignoring the millions of unemployed, particularly the 99ers without a dime to their name, but still ready and eager to vote this coming November, may be a huge, costly mistake. Forget your pre-election feel-good party “polls” for your data because forgetting the forgotten may be your party’s undoing.