Democrats desperate to help bottom 99% with an extension of unemployment benefits are once again are steamrolled by the GOP, but we need jobless to get help!
The GOP are vile bullies demanding that their cronies-the ultimate pigs at trough, get theirs while morality is abandoned !
The article “Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near” states “White House officials and Congressional Republicans said Sunday they were closing in on a deal to temporarily continue the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels, while bitterly frustrated Democratic Congressional leaders began exploring whether they would have the votes for such a package….
In return, Republicans said they would probably agree to extend jobless aid for the long-term unemployed.”
Anyone who could vote for these GOP louts checked their ethics at the door!
The article continues “In meetings with administration officials after the Senate votes, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and many other House and Senate Democrats voiced deep unhappiness at the prospect of extending all the tax cuts and also expressed their belief that the White House did not appear to be getting enough for such a big concession, officials said.”
The broad outlines of the deal is that for the next 2 years those who don’t need extra money will get it while the Democrats will get a 1 year extension of unemployment benefits. When “les Miserables” “Jean Valjean” realized that the children he was supporting needed a loaf of bread his desperation caused him to steal it even though he realized the risk he was taking.
And it was a trap! Dan Bartlett, Bush’s former communications director admitted that regarding tax cut top for 1% “We knew that, politically, once you get it into law, it becomes almost impossible to remove it. That’s not a bad legacy. The fact that we were able to lay the trap does feel pretty good, to tell you the truth.”
Democrats are hoping that GOP will act ethically as the article continues “White House officials, meanwhile, expressed hope of sealing a deal swiftly, perhaps by midweek, and clearing the Congressional calendar for a long list of other priorities that they aim to accomplish by the end of the year, including ratification of the New Start arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members as part of a wider Pentagon policy bill.”
Can the GOP be trusted? Bartlett is not the only immoral sleaze bucket in that group!
These tax cuts for the rich will cost $800 which will skyrocket the deficit. This isn’t hard math and we only have to go back Reagan’s term to see what will happen.
The article continues “In an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, said policy makers should be careful to protect the recovery in what could be interpreted as a warning to Democrats not to raise taxes and to Republicans not to cut government spending.
“We don’t want to take actions this year that will affect this year’s spending and this year’s taxes in a way that will hurt the recovery,” Mr. Bernanke said. “That’s important.”
But Mr. Bernanke also warned about the dangers of the nation’s fast-growing debt, which will be increased by $4 trillion or more over 10 years as a result of the tax deal being worked out by Republicans and the White House, and said policy makers must start thinking now about the “long-term structural deficit.”
Evil people have an advantage in negotiating because unless they get their way they won’t compromise. The article continues “And Mr. McConnell acknowledged that there would be a continuation of jobless aid for the long-term unemployed, though he reiterated the Republican contention that the cost should be offset with reductions in spending elsewhere.
“I think we will extend unemployment compensation,” he said. “We’ve had some very vigorous debates in the Senate. Not about whether to do it but whether to pay for it as opposed to adding it to the deficit. All of those discussions are still under way.”
Many Democrats are enraged that Republicans have so far blocked the effort to extend jobless aid, and are insisting on offsetting the cost even as they refuse to offset the lost revenue from the tax cuts.
“They’ve said, ‘No, we are willing to hold that hostage so that we can give the wealthiest people in the country a bonus tax cut,’ ” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.”
President Obama can’t let the starving go unaided without an extension of unemployment benefits. The GOP knows that President Obama has to provide for the common welfare and since they have no moral center they will not budge.
It reminds me of all of the bullies I have run into in my life.