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Fri Jul 25, 2014, 12:18 AM

 

Consequences. When most of us fail to do our job or deliver there are consequences; often immediate

When the President or Congress fails, they make certain they don't suffer any consequences.

I'm thinking about the unemployment extension that legislators have been promising for months. Time and time again, Congress has taken away the money that legislators have found to fund the extension and time and time again, Congress has found a way to spend that found funding on something else.

Republicans have now taken to claiming that withholding benefits is magically FORCING people to take jobs they might not otherwise. They cynically point to the lower unemployment numbers and claim that withholding benefits is some sort of magic elixir - tough love - and they're doing us a favor by withholding an extension of benefits and forcing workers into one of the part-time sub-poverty-level jobs available, if any actually exist.

A mostly bipartisan group of legislators have committed themselves to finding funding for the extension and have gotten commitments over the past months that the extension will be attached to key funding bills, but each and every one has seen the extension stripped out.

Senator Reid told Sen. Reed and republican Sen. Heller from Nevada (unemployment in his state at 7.7%) that "there's a chance" to add the unemployment benefits extension to the emergency spending bill for the border that Pres. Obama requested. That bill appears doomed, at least before the August recess.

Reed and Heller crafted a new bill that would cost a total of $10 billion and was planned to be paid for by "pension smoothing" and "extending Customs user fees through 2024".

The new highway bill that the republican Congress passed overwhelmingly with Democratic votes, 367 to 55, stripped the bipartisan unemployment extension agreement out and just folded the money that was organized for the UE bill and swallowed it up to pay for the highway legislation.

As Sen. Reed commented afterward, "This is now the second time they've taken offsets intended to help the unemployed and used them to pay for other priorities."

President Obama was so eager to get a highway bill that he almost immediately gave his blessing to the House bill without mentioning the unemployment extension at all. Not one word about it; not one proposal from the WH about where to include the UE legislation he's used in his speeches as an example of republican heartlessness and neglect. In giving his tacit approval to the republican highway bill Pres. Obama effectively condoned their shelving of the jobless worker funding extension.

The President gave the extension lip service in a June speech: "They've said no to extending unemployment insurance for more than three million Americans who are out there looking every single day for a new job, despite the fact that we know it would be good not just for those families who are working hard to try to get back on their feet, but for the economy as a whole," he said.

Thing is, Pres. Obama has refused to threaten to veto ANY bills over the benefits extension or bothered to hold ANY republican priorities hostage to an unemployment extension.

That's what I mean by consequences. There are virtually no consequences for republicans in arrogantly refusing to extend benefits; no consequences for their arrogant expectation that inadequate employment and workers disappearing from the rolls by just giving up represents some sort of solution - out of sight, out of their minds.

As I said, the passage of the highway bill, and the President's acceptance of the republican tactic of robbing the UE funding to make that bill happen begs the question of whether the President will EVER insist on ANY consequences for ignoring and using their twisted logic in refusing this traditionally automatic extension.

When is this WH, when is this President going to hold republicans accountable and make them pay a price for their obstinacy and disregard of hurting workers around the nation who haven't benefited from the recovery other states may be experiencing?

When is he going to hold up what republicans want to force THEM to do THEIR jobs? When is he going to exact a price from the republicans? When is he going to make them pay the consequences of their refusal to do their job?

And, yes, this is personal to me. I'm not going to wear my problems on my sleeve and I'm not discussing my personal needs here at all. Period. But, this is personal to me.

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bigtree Jul 2014 OP
MannyGoldstein Jul 2014 #1
bigtree Jul 2014 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #3
bigtree Jul 2014 #4
BuelahWitch Jul 2014 #5
defacto7 Jul 2014 #6
bigtree Jul 2014 #8
bigtree Jul 2014 #7
Aerows Jul 2014 #9

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 12:35 AM

1. If Obama vetos bills, then Republicans

 

will be mad, and will stop cooperating with us.

Regards,

TWM

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 01:01 AM

2. well, you know

 

. . . compromise can only come from Democrats. Heaven forbid the party holding one half of one branch of our government give up anything.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 01:07 AM

3. This situation makes me so very angry.

There is no excuse for anyone to block this life-saving money, NONE.

I cannot say what I'd like to have happen to the intransigent Republicans.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 01:48 AM

4. wow, Peggy

 

. . . you are speaking my own mind.

I cannot express the anger I really feel about this. Not ONE of those legislators will experience a fraction of the suffering of unemployed workers in their own lives. Now we have August recess coming up. Do they understand that vacations are a distant memory for most working Americans; much less a possibility in the imagination of the unemployed? But, we'll see this rush to get out of town with the majority of their jobs left undone.

It's worse than royalty or dictatorships, because most Americans refuse to exercise the levers of democracy available; even worse, when they do, they're just ignored. Not the wealthy interests, though. Not too big to fail corporations. We sit and watch as they grease the palms of their vacation buddies in corporate land with our hard-earned contributions to government while treating our needs with a miserly disregard.

CEOs with record earnings, but supposedly we're not working hard enough to deserve a fraction of the money that WE produce for them. All of them itching to settle down with a cool drink in the same resorts and the same clubs. It's absolutely disgusting.

No, I can't say what I really think . . .

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Response to bigtree (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 02:01 AM

5. Those fools even got paid when they shut down our government

Most of them whined that they "needed a paycheck." Lots of gov't workers went on furlough, but Congress got a paid vacation. Too bad we don't have some sort of citizens oversight committee to deny them that luxury. Let them see how it is to go without a paycheck (or have their pay tied to performance, which does not mean passing the same delusional bill to defund Obamacare 47 times).

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Response to BuelahWitch (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 03:25 AM

6. I've always wondered

if citizens could petition a special ballot measure completely as their own branch of government that overrides all other branches if that wouldn't put the fear into congress to get the peoples work done. Make the process difficult but if we could put to a citizens vote a major issue that overrides congress, the SCOTUS... I think the whole government would lose the right to sit on their a$$ and take no consequences for their actions.

Just a thought, a dream.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 04:07 PM

8. national referendums

 

. . . not unheard of.

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Response to BuelahWitch (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 09:12 AM

7. they have more ways to protect their jobs and income

 

. . . than they're willing to protect and defend ours.

We absolutely need the WH or the majority leader to put their fortunes on the line.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 04:25 PM

9. Always plenty of money

 

to immediately send Israel 255 million for war, though. Passed with flying colors in a day.

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