A Democrats versus Republicans unemployment battle is devastating the jobless. The finger pointing and “he said, she said” is enough to drive many jobless Americans insane. The unemployment legislation results have been minimal in the Democrats versus Republicans unemployment battle. In fact, the two have basically snapped the drawing board in half. Instead of figuring out a compromise, bickering and a lack of urgency has prevailed on the Senate floor for over three weeks now.
The Democrats want to pass a broad bill which includes several non-unemployment related items. The Republicans argue that bill will cost too much money. It seems both the Democrats and Republicans ironically agree help should be given to the Unemployment in the form of another Unemployment Extension. Yet neither political party seems willing to bend enough to make it happen. So it is a stalemate at a time when emergency action should be require. Both seem to want to make a point and they will go down with the ship to do it. The only problems is those politicians aren’t on the same ship as the rest of the 1.2 million people who are losing benefits. Not even close to the same ship.
It’s a very frustrating situation for those who are waiting patiently for such an extension while searching for a job in an awful job climate. More jobs would need to be created to allow the 1.2 million people who have lost those extended benefits since June 2 to go back to work. Many more jobs. So it’s obvious the 2010 unemployment extension should have been passed three weeks ago. The Senate, instead of understanding the consequences of not passing such an item, have completely dropped the issue entering the weekend. They moved on to other legislation on Friday and once again acted like a pair of kids who needed to be separated into two corners of the room.
The Democrats have tried to pass the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension-but through a broad bill that includes some legislation the Republicans aren’t fond of. In fact, the Republicans seem to be more addicted to the deficit trimming than the 1.2 million people who are unemployed and currently without benefits. They(Republicans) have since voted down three Democratic proposals that would have included the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. It could have passed then but the Republicans wanted to make another point. What point? That your American people aren’t as important as throwing out numbers about the deficit during an election year? The Democrats did try to trim the bill but it still did not satisfy the needs of the Republicans. The irony is both parties are worrying about their needs. The needs that need to be addressed belong to the 1.2 million people who are suffering because of the indecision of the Democrats and Republicans. I have said it before that 100 people should not be allowed to control the fates of 1.2 million people. I understand we have a poltical process in this country but it is certainly failing if, during an emergency, those 100 people push political agendas instead of concentrating on helping the people.
Now Democrat Harry Reid says they’ll just completely drop the item since the Republicans are not voting for the broad bill they have proposed. In turn, at least one Republican has mentioned trying to pass the Unemployment Extension as just one item. Now the Democrats are furious and ticked off at any such suggestion. Reid seems content on dropping the item so the Republicans take the fall. Just when the Americans need him most, Reid begins to act like an 8 year old who had his bike taken away. He’s mad and he wants to let the other side know it. I can’t support his actions when so many people are suffering because this bill has not passed. At what cost does dropping the bill come? 1.2 million people suffer even more devasation? As if losing jobs through no fault of their own wasn’t enough during this economy? Now the party that was supposed to be supporting those people is turning its back on the entire issue because they got shot down? You have to be kidding, right?
Meanwhile, 1.2 million Americans are faced with the prospects of losing homes, cars and severe late penalties.
This tug of war between two political parties is only hurting the American people who were already suffering.
I am beginning to understand that both parties want the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension but are not aware how to get there.
It seems so simple to the outsiders looking in-particularly the outsiders who are trying to put food on the table. Just pass the 2010 Unemployment Extension as one item. Figure out how to fund it when the economy is better.
Don’t allow 1.2 million Americans to suffer anymore. It’s not brain surgery. Yet this Democrats versus Republicans battle is potentially ruining the lives of people with every breath one of those politicians takes.
How grown men and women can allow these differences to hurt so many people in their own country is amazing to me. I don’t believe any of the 1.2 million people without income care how they get the Unemployment Extension-they just need it desperately now. Watching the Democrats versus Republican fight is like watching a pair of ten year olds try to figure out what channel to watch. I have said it before and I will say it again. These politicians are simply acting like children. Sure they have interests at stakes. Big interests, unfortunately. It’s just an absolute shame their greatest interests aren’t the American people. Instead, these politicians are trying to push and shove their agendas without fully acknowledging the resulting consequences that will happen because of their lack of urgency and inability to compromise.