The Unemployment Rate should help determine Unemployment Benefits Extensions. What have we learned from the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions Senate disaster? We have learned that a group of 100 politicians could very well be the financial death of over 2 million American citizens. We have learned that 100 politicians could stall for long periods of time while million of Americans struggle needlessly for several months. We have learned that with just several votes in the Senate, 2 million people could have continued living within normal means while searching for employment.
That’s why the United States Senate should next pass a different type of legislation. The type of legislation where they essentially govern themselves from making ignorant or election year based decisions. The type of legislation that would prevent this nightmare from ever unfolding again. It is destined to happen once again in November even if the Senate does finally end the roller coaster of emotions many jobless Americans have had to endure. History is destined to repeat over and over again unless something is changed. Unless the system is changed with a new law, we will probably have learned and accomplished nothing as a country from the United States Senate disaster concerning the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions.
That’s why I believe the Unemployment Rate from this point on should determine the use of Unemployment Benefits Extensions. It would be comforting to know that math, and not opinion, would guide the unfortunate into survival during a time of need. Opinion in this case means just 100 individuals who are determining the fate of so many. The United States Senate has completely failed its citizens by collectively stalling the Unemployment Benefits Extension legislation for a month and a half. So why shouldn’t the United States Senate be governed in the future by a law, forbid it would pass, that states the Unemployment Benefits Extensions from this point on would be determined in whole or in part by the National Unemployment Rate?
It makes sense and it’s strictly mathematically based. The United States Senate will never again be allowed to prevent so many desperate people the ability to survive during what should have been deemed a crisis. Instead of voting on just legislation concerning the immediate 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions, why shouldn’t a law be in place to protect those people in desperate times? The ability to fund those Unemployment Benefits could always be the subject of Senate arguments-but not the pure and simple availability of Unemployment Extensions.
It only makes sense that this type of law would help prevent a harmful stalemate that is currently being allowed to take place in the United States Senate. If there was a blanket law that did state the Unemployment Rate was the factor in determining Unemployment Compensation Extensions-imagine how much collateral damage would have been avoided by Senate politics? The Senators could have still argued until they were blue in the face about how to fund the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions. But the ability to argue the need for those 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions would not have been an issue. It would have vanished-just like the election year politics many jobless Americans have been a plain and simple victim of.
This moment in history should not be repeated. The Senate and House should govern their own collective bodies by passing a law that would disallow each from making such an important decision that could, in essence, crush such a wide array of people by its ironic indecision. The political process has failed miserably in this case. If both the Republicans and Democrats agree that the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension should have been passed, both have failed miserably to meet in the middle to get it done. In the process, over 2 million people have had their livelihood put on hold while the Republicans and Democrats play politics.
So why not pass a law that states in the future such Unemployment Benefits Extensions are not up for debate during certain times where the National Unemployment Rate is above X. If the National Unemployment Rate is greater than X, automatic benefits extensions are in effect. If the rate slips below X, the jobless Americans then have to reach the end of a particular Tier before losing benefits. It would take the human element out of the equation that has completely alienated over 2 million people. 2 million people completely losing their faith in the United States government to do the right thing when given the opportunity can never be illustrated as a good thing. 2 million people who are completely disheartened by the lack of empathy from our United States Senators.
This proposed law makes more sense than having 100 Senators decide the fate of 2 million jobless Americans by jibber jabbering for 45 days. It would have kept money in the pocket of many jobless Americans for longer periods of time and would have continued to help stimulate the economy while the Senate argues about how to fund the Extensions. In this case, just one or two Senators switching a vote could have helped 2 million plus people have money for necessities. 1 or 2 votes separated 2 million plus Americans from having the ability to persevere during extremely tough financial times. That, in itself, is wrong. We do not do our country any favors by allowing 1 or 2 potential votes the absolute power to control what happens to 2 million people. That kind of power should only come from the executive office-not from a single Democrat who wants to make an election year point because his state is doing okay in terms of unemployment.
We are talking about people who lost jobs through no fault of their own. These are people who also have to prove they are consistently looking for work. Unfortunately, these are people who are destined to be in the majority of those who can’t find jobs because the current statistics say that there are still 5 people for every one job.
So why shouldn’t this happen? There would be arguments about the specific National Unemployment Rate number. Most would probably agree to something that standardized who does and doesn’t receive Unemployment Benefits Extensions by something mathematical. It would be spelled out instead of being talked out. The talking, in this 2010 Unemployment Extension situation, has led to minimal gain and maximum damage.
In this particular case of the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions, a mathematical formula or answer would have provided much needed relief to those who so desperately still need it. The Senate would not have been able to stall the bill to maintain election year politics. I wouldn’t have written 85 stories about how the Senate has failed. In essence, there wouldn’t have been any drama. The jobless Americans for the most part would have been allowed to continue living in below average conditions while they continued to search for employment.
In essence, this proposed law that equates Unemployment Extensions to the National Unemployment Rate would have given an answer immediately. No waiting. No drama. Just an answer. That’s what Americans in this horrible job climate and economic crisis deserve. An answer based on math and not opinion.