2010 will most likely be remembered for the Unemployment Extensions nightmare. We are watching history unfold as our politicians play “God” with money that should have been appropriated to those who so desperately needed it. The 2010 Unemployment Extensions nightmare, or so it should be called, has watched United States Senators collectively fail the people who elected them because of election year politics.
It’s shameful that 2 million people are now without benefits extensions after losing jobs through no fault of their own. The irony is most members of the United States Senate do want to pass legislation to help these people-or at least they all seem to say that. The members of the United States Senate just don’t know how to get there.
The have failed miserably to launch a plan that would pass and help these 2 million people. For nearly a month and a half, the members of the United States Senate have battled back and forth without a resolution. How long does it take the Senate to come up with a proposal that would pass across the board? 2 million jobless Americans are finding out the hard way that the Senate is moving at the speed of a turtle on an interstate.
When time is of the essence, the Untied States Senate has used the theme of election year politics to make a statement. The statement, as unfortunate as it seems, is that the people don’t really matter. The statement is that only politics and future elections count. I find it completely shameful that our own politicians can not compromise just enough to make this 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions happen. Even if it happens on July 12, 2010 when they finally reconvene, the Senate has still failed miserably to help their fellow human beings.
How can 100 wealthy people ultimately make decisions that directly effect the livelihood of over 2 million people? If I was one of the 100 people, I certainly wouldn’t want it on my conscience that those 2 million people are going without while I celebrate the July 4th Holiday with ten days off. It’s ridiculous. This legislation should have passed months ago. This situation never should have happened. Is this the bold Republican plan to get re-elected? Block legislation that will crush 2 million people? Or is this the Democrat plan to get re-elected? Introduced legislation that will inevitably fail? Either way it’s absolutely painful to watch as it unfolds. Millions of lives are at stake. When 2 million people aren’t receiving benefits, imagine how many total people are going to be hurt? The families of 2 million people probably only add to that already horrible total of those being crushed financially and emotionally by this Senate indecision.
It’s unfortunate the Senate can not be convicted for playing games with the lives of many many people. It’s unfortunate that 100 people have hurt so many people over a lengthy span of time. Yet these politicians, who were elected by the people, don’t seem to care as a whole if the unemployed struggle or survive.
How can the deficit be the biggest factor in the decision making on extending unemployment? It just doesn’t make sense that any politician would see that as “the issue”. They get their information that some polls say that most Americans are worried about the deficit? Perhaps many Americans are worried about the deficit-but does that mean they aren’t worried about their fellow human beings who have lost jobs? It doesn’t make any sense for politicians to deny this issue any longer. It should never have happened to start with. The entire 2010 Unemployment Extensions nightmare has continued for way too long. The Senate could have avoided this and the election year finger pointing by initially getting something done. Somebody should have bent one way or the other.
Didn’t anyone ever let the Senators know that egos and pride get in the way of accomplishments? Apparently nobody in the Senate is willing to abandon their ego and pride to help so many people. Never before has a group of politicians completely blocked extensions like these for such a long period of time during what should be deemed an emergency crisis. The rollercoaster of emotions has been horrible for jobless Americans waiting for the Senate to finally make a decision. It has been dreadful. I can’t think up enough adjectives and adverbs to describe just how painful it has been. The Senate nightmare of 2010 should go on the record books as the year our 100 members of the Senate failed the people. The political process has failed-not because it’s a bad political process but because 100 Senators fail to recognize how to best utilize the process. It’s called compromise. It should have been a word fairly familiar to our politicians. Even the lowly poor unemployed people realize what the word “compromise” means. I say that sarcastically-because those of us who are lowly poor unemployed people know the difference. We are learning each day the Senate drags its feet the hard way.
The Senate-well, that’s a completely different story.