Do They Not Realize?
In heartbreaking news today, the Senate failed to overcome a filibuster to extend unemployment benefits to those throughout the country who remain unemployed. Why, you ask? Because those same folks who didn’t give a damn about deficits during Bush’s eight years, all of a sudden became “fiscally responsible”. Swell.
H.R. 4213, initially a jobs creation bill, has another extremely important amendment. Senate Amendment 4301 would extend much-needed jobless benefits to those around the country still unable to find work.
How important is it?
Well, let’s just say that a staggerin’ 1.2 million jobless workers will lose Federal benefits this month alone. I'm sure this just the icin' on the cake to those in Texas, waiting for months for delayed food stamps. And to those in South Carolina whose housing assistance payment didn't arrive due to “human error”. I’m just so sure this news will really help.
And why? To reduce the deficit? Really? Are these politicians (from both sides of the isle!) willing to go stand in the faces of the hungry and the homeless and explain why all of a sudden they give a rat’s ass about the deficit? I'd bet not.
The fact is, this country is tryin’ like hell to recover from the worst Recession / Depression since World War II. Currently, more than 600,000 fine men, women, and children go to sleep each night without the security of a roof overhead. And that’s just what’s reported. Apparently, that just ain’t enough for some folks in the Senate.
Nope. Apparently, 52 of America’s elected Senators, including at least 11 Democrats, suddenly have an issue with the deficit. Where were they when Bush’s tax cuts were passed?
Or how about the $1 Trillion given (off the books - not in his budget) to Bush’s illegal war?
Why now? Oh, that’s right… it’s an election year…. Disgustin’ bastards. I hope the Senators sleep well tonight. I hope they all donate immensely to their local food pantries and soup kitchens. I hope they volunteer their time in free clinics and childcare facilities. I hope they got a great bargain for their souls.
Okay, maybe I’m lyin’ on that last one… ‘cause I really don’t.
Do they not see that decisions like this will only choke out the minimal economic recovery we’ve finally been able to attain??? Do they not realize that those jobless benefits provide money for food and rent, which in turn, provides jobs for grocers and prevents landlords from going into foreclosure? Do they not realize that cutting off the money to those in need,increases the strain on homeless shelters, food banks, free clinics, and other governmental services to the point where, in turn, they could perish?
I guess the fact that these politicians need to get reelected comes first, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
So what now? Will they to water down H.R. 4213 like they did with healthcare and financal reform? Super. I’m sure those hungry families will appreciate that when they’re bein’ thrown out in street. I’m sure those sufferin’ children will really appreciate their Senator’s “born-again” concern for national debt.
I say, in the meantime, we spend everyday reminding our Senators of each and every person they’re hurting. Let's make one call for every person we know that is unemployed, underemployed, or unable to adequately provide for their family. Maybe then our elected representatives understand the importance of this legislation.
Until then, I hope that each and every one of them is forced to look into the eyes of a hungry child and explain why dinner just ain’t happenin’ tonight.