Republican Senators kill the Jobless Benefit bill

June 25, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

On Thursday, June 24, 2010, the Republican Senators unanimously voted against the jobless benefit and job creation bill that could have not only averted millions of American families from becoming homeless but also enormously boosted the small business and medium corporations with the necessary tax breaks to prevent layoffs.

Although, it comes as no surprise given the GOP Senators track record on any legislation since 2009 that has been passed with predominantly Democrats votes,

This particular legislation was aimed at economic revival and providing relief to the long term unemployed workers laid off due to corporate downsizing in a bad economy.

The GOP members’ decision against the life saving and economic recovery bill has the following consequences.

According to the Senate Democrats:

“The demise of the bill means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week.

Governors who had been counting on federal aid will now have to consider a fresh round of budget cuts, tax hikes and layoffs of state workers.

This is a bill that would remedy serious challenges that American families face as a result of this Great Recession,” said Max Baucus, D-Mont. the chief author of the bill.

This is a bill that works to build a stronger economy. This is a bill to put Americans back to work.”

Essentially, the Republican Nay Sayers have successfully exacerbated the joblessness, economic recession and contributed to the state workers massive retrenchment.

All under the pretext of reducing national deficit, when in fact their partisanship has escalated unemployment depriving the economy of taxpayers to reduce the national debt.

Such bizarre political pitch is a direct assault on the American taxpayers-cum-electorates’ intelligence, besides adding insult to their injury.

Their fiscal policy – “Penny wise and pound foolish,” has been a miserable failure thus far.

The Republican lawmakers’ sudden consciousness for fiscal responsibility has come ten years late.

Only had they been conservative with the wayward spending during the period they were in control of the executive and legislative branch by reining in on the Bush-Cheney Machiavellian economic and war policy that has led to the status quo worldwide, the current obstructionism is purely political than fiscal.

Again, the Republican members’ misplaced priority in their approval of illegal wars that has bankrupted the economy and claimed over million lives juxtaposed to them rejecting the job creation bills guaranteed to reverse unemployment and vastly improve American lives is oxymoron.

The voters attention towards GOP systemic sabotage of American living standards is imperative, especially in November 2010.

The recent polls revealing the GOP lead in spite of their strong opposition to American progress is indicative of the lack of public awareness and selective media false propaganda.

Not to mention the inherent dangers of electing the Republican candidates determined to erase the dwindling middle class with an utter disregard for the lower income families.

It’s time for every unemployed individual hurting from the severe job loss and economic crisis – the Republican administration’s legacy to American families, to rise to the occasion and demand that the Republican members in the Senate honor their constitutional oath to serve the American interest and not their specific political agenda.

The GOP Senators’ dismissal of the American families represented by their own base along with the independent voters speaks volume about their commitment to drive the once thriving nation to oblivion.

Unequivocally, they prevailed in the past decade leading the nation to the point of diminishing return.

American democracy taken for granted and the disturbing polls suggest the GOP political maneuvering to stay ahead by distortion, while their performance in the Senate has been detrimental to Americans across the political spectrum.

The 200,000 jobless benefit recipients denied survival means by GOP Senators should dissent the gridlock and insist they deliver the votes required in the jobless benefit extension and every other legislation.

Regardless, the people should rally behind the Democrats at the State and national level, for they are the only hope in alleviating the burden on the American workforce and taxpayers.

Please send your affordable donations to the Democratic Party – DNC, DCCC and DSCC in Washington D.C. and help them secure supermajority in both houses of Congress to set the great nation, the United States of America back in motion.

The grassroots movement can make it possible as witnessed in 2008.

All those individuals affected by the economy and struggling to make ends meet need to turn the tide by replacing the GOP Senate filibuster with Democrats active participation for personal and national good.

Complacency to GOP tradition – stall and kill the bill is equivalent to rendering democracy powerless.

Meanwhile, the Medicare bill delaying the proposed 21 percent cuts in payments to doctors until November 2010 was passed as a stopgap measure to rescue the senior citizens and the disabled patients.

The bipartisan agreement to increase payments to providers by 2.2 percent is a temporary aid to the Medicare program beneficiaries.

Nevertheless, the partial legislation is appreciative.

Needless to state that the unemployment benefits extension would have salvaged the approximately two million families declined help by killing this bill.

Politics discrediting and attempting to weaken the target using the suffering population as pawn is counterproductive.

As stated on numerous occasions, negative emotions hurt the ones harboring more than the ones it is aimed at.

Real intentions behind any destructive course become known for truth cannot be camouflaged.

Nation flourish on solidarity among the powerful with the power to improve lives not the contrary.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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