Senate Drops the Ball on Unemployment AGAIN!
Matt | On 05, Apr 2010
This news was kept under wraps, but the Senate left some unfinished business when they went on break over a week ago.
They did not approve a month extension of benefits that affect thousands of unemployed Americans. Those benefits are set to expire today. Think of the situation one month ago with Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) and his one-man showdown against the needy. It’s the same sh*t, different day.
This time it’s Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that has thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans. He says that he is not going to vote in favor of the extension because it adds to the federal deficit. He would rather cut spending elsewhere to pay for it.
Well, in a perfect world, this idea would work. But, we’re between a rock and a hard place financially in this country. For years, we piled on debt unchecked (war and govt. spending). We can’t now turn into Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey overnight and be financial angels. Nor, do I think the best way to get our fiscal house in order is to start with the least among us. We can slowly work TOWARD financial responsibility, but in a smart way.
What about cutting the bailouts for the corporations that Congress VOTED for? Hell, a lot of those companies (Goldman Sachs) are making money hand over fist now. People kill me wanting to go after the needy first while CEOs of bailed out companies are living it up. It makes absolutely no sense. I wonder if the GOP will break Coburn’s one-man stand against the unemployed as quickly as they broke Bunning’s?