Almost a million people, who have been out of work for over 6 months, more than a couple of whom are my friends, will be ineligible for further unemployment benefits. Apparently, Republican Senators, some old enough to remember the effects of the Great Depression, believe that, as many believed prior to the Great Depression, individuals are in control of their own destinies in the "free market" economy and have filibustered a bill into oblivion that would have provided an extension of unemployment benefits.
You see, the Republican Senators have a vested interest, not in helping people, but in perpetuating and creating misery during the Obama administration. The ostensible reason for the filibuster is that the bill costs too much. These were the same Senators, by and large, who supported rampant, uncontrolled spending on weapons of war and death in foreign lands to support the personal agendas of those at the top of the George W. Bush administration, turning a budget surplus into a budget black hole.
The people I know who have been out of work, a couple since before Obama was elected, are not sitting in their posh homes living off the public tit. They are looking for jobs; they are taking temporary work when they can find it; they are being sucked into the black hole.Posted by Bill at June 18, 2010 08:05 AM