Party of no jobs
(In England, they list the facts)
From now until 2 November,
the Republican party will be the party of unemployment.
The logic is straightforward: the more people who are unemployed on
the better the prospects for Republicans in the fall election. They
expect, with good cause,
that voters will hold the Democrats responsible for the state of the
anything that the Republicans can do to make the economy worse between
now and then
will help their election prospects.
While it may be bad taste
to accuse a major national political party of deliberately wanting
to throw people out of jobs, there is no other plausible explanation
for the Republicans'
behaviour. They have balked at supporting nearly every bill that had
any serious hope of
creating or keeping jobs, most recently filibustering on bills that
provided aid to state and
local governments and extending unemployment benefits. The result of
actions, unless they are reversed quickly, is that hundreds of
thousands more workers
will be thrown out of work by the mid-terms.
As Paul Krugman rightly
notes this week, unemployment benefits are not just about
providing income support to those who are out of work, they also
provide a boost to
the economy. Since unemployed workers generally have little other than
to support themselves, this is money that will almost immediately be
spent. The benefits
paid to workers are income to food stores and other retail outlets..
But our Democrats can't be bothered to explain why they
deserve your vote.
I have a feeling the idiots (our side) will still beat the evil sons of
bitches (their side)
but it's like I always say - if victory knocks on a
Dem's door, they miiiight answer
but they damn sure aren't going to work for it. Or even bother
to speak up.
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