Will the Republican blockage of the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension cause many jobless to switch party affiliations? There will and already have been major consequences surrounding the Republican block of H.R. 4213. The bill, which was proposed and trimmed by Democrats on multiple occasions, failed for a third time in the United States Senate this past Thursday. Not one Republican voted for the bill as it failed 57-41. With just 3 Republican votes, the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension could have been rescued. Now 1.2 million jobless Americans are currently without those benefits. Does this mean many of the jobless will see this news as a reason to switch party affiliations?
I have had multiple comments from angry Republicans who have lost employment through no fault of their own. These Republicans are confused about why their own party dismissed everyone in this time of economic hardship. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that new Democrats are being created by the Republican blockage of H.R. 4213(which included the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions for now 1.2 million people.
Just how many Republicans switch party affiliations is an interesting question as we head into an upcoming election. If the Republicans overall plan was to make the Democrats look at fault, they have to look no further than their own bloody hands concerning this 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension.
Sure the Democrats tried to stuff every item imaginable into H.R. 4213. The bad news for Republicans is the 1.2 million jobless Americans who are now without aid don’t really care what the reason was. The voters will most likely respond in dramatic fashion in upcoming elections. Emotion, and pure emotion, is an extremely high factor in driving people to the polls. Let’s just say these 1.2 million jobless are extremely emotional right now as they face near devastation because of this entire mockery of the political process. How many of those 1.2 million jobless Americans are Republicans? How many will no longer be Republicans after everything is sorted out.
Regardless of whatever the truth is in reference to the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension, it’s obvious that many of the jobless Americans are going to hold a grudge. They will need someone to blame for being indifferent to their individual problems. The blame is going to be pointed at Republicans.
The Republican party is already being blamed by many economic analysts for creating the Great Recession. Now, this party will face more blame from 1.2. million people and growing for denying benefits. What do you think? Are the Republicans to blame for the loss of the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions? Did the Republicans turn their backs when these jobless Americans needed it most? Or are the Democrats too greedy and putting too much into H.R. 4213?
There is word that a stand alone 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension could be proposed in the coming days. If I were a Republican, and I just happen to stand right in the middle, I would be anxious to present the proposal for such legislation to get back in good graces with the many people who are suffering because of the apparent lack of empathy. The Republicans could use a huge public relations makeover right now. The lack of urgency from the Republicans in the United States Senate has set the party back decades. Many of the 1.2 million without jobs also have families who are affected by these tragic circumstances. The families of these 1.2 million jobless Americans will also remember the Republican blockage on election day. It’s inevitably going to cost Republicans at some point in upcoming elections. The people who are passionate will vote. The people with jobs who weren’t crushed by this economic hardship will most likely not be as passionate to vote in large numbers as the ones who were left to fend for their own. It’s an epic moment for the Republican party and they have dropped the ball without regard for the future of those 1.2 million people or their own party.