The United States Senate 2010 Unemployment Extensions fiasco can also be described as tragic. What has, or more appropriately, what hasn’t happened in the United States Senate has collectively crushed over 2 million jobless Americans financially and emotionally. Our system of checks and balances has completely checked what is humane at the door in favor of election year politics.
The United States Senate has collectively made one of the largest modern era political mistakes we have ever seen. By not pushing Unemployment Extensions legislation through with a sense of urgency, the United States Senate has collectively dropped the ball and turned their back on many of the people who elected them. Over 2 million people are living without extended benefits because the United States Senate has resolved to finger pointing and utilizing the issue as a political war. The Democrats have tried to push such broad legislation through that it was assumed it would inevitably fail. And it did.
Even when Democrats bent to try to provide the 2010 Unemployment Extensions as a single item, Republicans crushed it with a filibuster that was sadly heard by well over a million people at that point. That deprived the jobless who had lost extensions of the opportunity to survive during a horrible economy and job climate. The statistics reveal that there are 5 people for every job. So why wasn’t this issue seen as an immediate crisis needing the attention it deserved? The United States Senate instead used it as political leverage in an election year. It’s an important issue so why not debate this issue while so many people continue to deal with the repercussions?
This is an obvious situation where people are failing people. Americans are failing Americans. Politicians, who are supposedly representing Americans, are failing Americans. The United States Senate had an opportunity to cooperate and get something done in a timely fashion. Yet they didn’t. They decided to stay stubborn and not bend while the good people of America fell behind on payments of homes and cars. The Senate continued their such strong resolve to pass this legislation by taking their second Holiday recess in a span of 2 months.
It was yet another slap in the face in one of the worst political fiascos in recent memory. Meanwhile the number of jobless Americans who had lost benefits continued to increase rapidly. The number is over 2 million and will be a reported 3 million by the end of this month. What is the magic number for the Senate? Do we need 2.7, 2.8 or 2.9 million before it is deemed an emergency? How did this not pass earlier? It’s a question we will be asking for years to come. Hopefully, the politicians in the Senate who have provided this horrible memory for so many will no longer be in office when Historians reflect on this sore spot of an era.
What the Senate is proving with this entire 2010 Unemployment Extensions issue is that individual members of the collective whole are failing the citizens of this country. It doesn’t matter which party is wrong or right. What matters is many many people are suffering. Find a fix. Find a solution and find it now. It’s imperative or at least it should have been. How can a person who voted no to this legislation sleep at night? Do they not have a conscience? Do they not realize the error of their ways? I’m here to point it out. You, as United States Senators, have failed miserably. Your decisions, or lack of, have cost over 2 million people the ability to survive in one of the worst economic climates in United States history.
This 2010 Unemployment Extensions legislation should have been passed 6-7 weeks ago when the issue first was proposed. Yet the Senate Unemployment Extension fiasco has rolled on–and each and every week new jobless Americans were added to the list of those who served as collateral damage in this political fight.
This was not the issue to take a stand. When the livelihood of 2 million American people depended on this 2010 Unemployment Extensions, the members of the United States Senate decided it was time for political games regardless of the cost. The cost has been more foreclosures, less food on the table and irreparable damage. The jobless Americans who have lost substantial amounts during this 7-8 weeks of indecision deserved better from the people who are supposed to represent them.
The United States Senate has collectively failed the people they were supposed to represent. This has been a tragedy upon tragedies and no jobless American deserved a situation that resulted in a complete lack of empathy. There are some in the Senate who claim to have empathy-but how can they truly understand if they are willing, as politician’s, to let this issue go? How can that happen? The proof is in the pudding and there hasn’t been a whole lot of pudding or anything else for jobless Americans for the past month and a half. Instead, many jobless Americans have probably gained a better appreciation for what politicians “should do” as opposed to what they “actually do”.
When it comes down to it, the United States Senate has collectively failed on several occasions to do what is right by the jobless Americans who suffer as a result of the terrible economy. It could serve as one of the greatest failures our political system has ever produced. I hope Historians remember the 2010 Unemployment Extensions as a moment where our 100 U.S. Senators had an opportunity to do the right thing for 2 million plus citizens and didn’t. I know I probably speak for myself and the 2 million other unemployed when I say I definitely will always remember this year as the time I completely lost faith in politicians to do the right thing given the opportunity.