"As long as we are not chased from our words we have nothing to fear. As long as our utterances keep their sound we have a voice. As long as our words keep their sense we have a soul." -- Edmond Jabes, from The Book of Yukel, Return to the Book

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Out of work? Out of luck

We are facing the worst employment crisis in memory, but Senate Republicans insist on playing political games with jobless benefits, forcing the Democrats into a counterproductive slashing of the bill and then still voting as a block against it. I'm waiting to hear a coherent argument for why they pushed for this thing to play out as it did.


Anonymous said...

Today's GOP has become a radical right wing regressive pro billionaire party.
The GOP just does not give a damn about ordinary Americans. The billionaires and their minions, the GOP, are much more interested in the "needs" of the HAVES and the HAVE MORES.
When it comes to ordinary Americans, the GOP mouths their garbage faux ideology of "limited government and personal responsibility" blah, blah, blah. Limited government and personal responsibility really means kill Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and give more tax breaks to the top 5% while allowing the robber barons to run rampant without any regulations worth mentioning.
The GOP will do anything and everything (record nonstop filibusters and obstructionism) to destroy the effectiveness of the Democrats and if they retake the House or Senate they will probably push for the impeachment of Obama.

reinkefj said...

Correct me if I am wrong, BUT don't the D's control the Prez, the Senate, AND the House? They can literally send ALL the R's home and nothing should stop them. Sorry, but you can NOT condemn the R's for the lack of what you call progress on any issue.

Personally, as hard as it sounds, the Gooferment can't spend us back to prosperity. Nor can they hand out unemployment "benefits" by borrowing from the Chinese and indenturing future generations.

Sorry, but folks are going to be hurt, take it on the chin, and even take big losses. For that we have to blame the politicians and bureaucrats. They were either asleep at the helm or corruptly blinded to the truth.

Sad to say but there is enough blame to go around. D's or R's. No one escapes the judgment of history.

That being said. We need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.

How about ending the drug war, pardon all the non-violent drug offenders, clase down the FDA, and send all the lobbyists home? Use the savings to pay down the debt.

How about adopting GW's (George Washington's foreign policy as pronounced by Ron Paul) by just bringing the troops home. Use the savings to pay down the debt.

How about getting the Federal Gooferment out of all sorts of things: the Agriculture Department, the Education Department, and Commerce, Energy, Transportation. Use the savings to pay down the debt.

We'd be back to "normal" in no time!

Anonymous said...

I'm all for shutting down the Education Department; shut it down ,burn it and send the ashes to Pluto. Then send Arne Duncan back to the basketball court. I am so utterly disappointed with Obama's educational policies which take NCLB and triple its toxicity. But it's all about the money, the big money, the billionaires, the hedge fund managers, all the right wing think tanks which are pushing "school choice," charter schools and school vouchers.
I'm also very disappointed with Obama's capitulating to the big money campaign against Social Security. His phoney baloney commission to rein in the deficits is honing in on SS and the other great social programs for cutting and gutting. The big money billionaires like Pete Peterson are funding the jihad against SS. I voted for Obama but I am disgusted that he's for school choice, the destruction of SS, he's not supporting unions and EFCA and he's pushing nuclear power. Maybe it's time to vote for the Green Party?