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December 28, 2013 - 12:04 pm
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Extended jobless benefits ran out on Saturday for 1.3 million of the long-term unemployed, and Democrats are looking to make political hay out of the issue.

Democrats and some Republicans are working on a three-month extension of benefits that would be the first order of business when Congress returns in January. The bill would add $6 billion to the deficit unless offset by spending cuts elsewhere.

The fate of the bill is uncertain in the House. Speaker Boehner hasn’t said he would oppose an extension, but it’s probable that a majority of Republicans would not vote for one unless there were offsets included in the bill.

The Hill reports:

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ratcheted up pressure on Republicans wary of another extension. In a statement issued Friday, she called the pending expiration “immoral,” and blamed GOP lawmakers for allowing it to happen.

“Starting tomorrow, too many American families will face the New Year with uncertainty, insecurity, and instability as a result of congressional Republicans’ refusal to extend critical unemployment insurance,” she said. “The first item on Congress’ agenda in the New Year must be an extension of unemployment insurance. That must be our priority on day one.”

House Democrats cried foul when the two-year budget deal was unveiled without an extension included, but many ultimately supported the package. Senate Democrats and the White House also backed the budget, vowing to address the unemployment issue soon but separately.

Democrats have buttressed their arguments with polling that shows steady public support for another extension and that Republicans could pay at the polls for opposing it. A poll from left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released earlier this week found that in four key swing districts, as well as the home district of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), voters support an extension by 63 to 38 percent.

Democrats are also working to play up the impact back home on local media, highlighting how many people in their hometowns could be losing assistance.

“When the American people get involved and speak out, we are going to win this fight, and I believe that that is what’s going to happen,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a liberal who caucuses with Democrats, on MSNBC this week.

Some Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have said they would oppose another extension. They argue that policymakers should be focused on creating more jobs rather than providing more assistance, especially as the economy continues to recover.

And other GOP lawmakers have remained noncommittal on the idea of an extension, but are clearly concerned about the cost. Boehner and other Republicans have not said explicitly that they would oppose renewing the benefits, but, at the same time, they want to see the costs offset by spending cuts elsewhere.

Democrats rebut that demand by arguing the extension of benefits is actually an economic boon. Pelosi and others point to analysis that shows an extension would allow the unemployed to continue pumping money into the economy, driving economic growth and job creation.

The problem for Republicans is that they are probably right on policy but wrong on the politics. Of course it’s better to encourage actual job creation. But what about the claim — one trotted out every time extended unemployment benefits are being debated — that benefits to the unemployed grow the economy?

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Of course the progs aren't willing to budge one iota on the mandates and policies that are exacerbating the unemployment situation, creating the need for extended benefits but they are all set to demagogue those who dare advocate responsible budget cuts.

I can imagine it now... heartless conservatives taking food out of the mouths of babies yet it is liberal policies that deny people the dignity of earning their own keep- reducing them to nothing more than political pawns- dependent on handouts- but who get discarded when no longer needed.

I suppose this endangers the illusion that there was a "budget" deal.
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"“When the American people get involved and speak out, we are going to win this fight, and I believe that that is what’s going to happen,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a liberal who caucuses with Democrats, on MSNBC this week."
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Sanders is a self-described SOCIALIST. No self-respecting socialist would caucus with the republicans.

This is what socialists do - they extort money from the taxpayers (that would be you and me) under the veiled threat of the IRS and hand it to 'them' (OWS et al) people who didn't earn it - do not deserve it - and will never understand the real value of a dollar - or the satisfaction of acquiring that money the old fashioned way - earn it.

Refresh my memory here - isn't this what got Greece and a few other socialist type countries in trouble? Hows that working out for them? Just thought I'd ask.



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It's easy for me to say that the extensions were always a bad idea and should surely be allowed to die. And I do think that's true, but it's a lot easier when I have a job.
There is a case that having unemployment available for so long has depressed employment by keeping people from accepting jobs they can do but don't like. Again, it's easy to vote for that when it's someone else's job, but it's probably still the right thing -- push them back toward work by making unemployment more difficult.
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When will Republicans ever learn that a bargain with a Democrat, with any leftist, is not a bargain at all. They will NOT bargain in good faith. If you force them to accept a bargain, they will keep it only so long as you can keep them afraid to break it.

I knew in dealing with lefty public employee unions that even if you got their name on an agreement, which you only could do if they were afraid of you, they would immediately move to break the parts they didn't want to accept or get some labor arbitrator to "interpret" the agreement to make it into what they wanted. What you have to ask is why isn't Boehner out on every network accusing Pelosi et al. of abysmally bad faith in reaching a "bipartisan" budget agreement just weeks ago and now immediately wanting to abbrogate a significant part of that agreement! God, I get so sick of Rotary Club Republicans who are so compelled to be nice!
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I hate liberals,I hate progressives,I hate socialists,and I hate communism.They all take the non-thinkers and peons and make voters and supporters out of them.These people are not Americans.They are Americas cancer.
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The real solution is to create a new U.S. Constitutional Amendment that forbids any reference of socialism, communism, fascism or progressivism in any bill proposed to the US Congress. These destructive concepts must come to a stop. And, then I wake up and realize that this amendment is not possible with our current Constitution and am a loss for ideas. .
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Billionairess Pelosi could give a little herself to at least help a few.
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To quote John Ransom over at Townhall: ""Forcing people to work for the welfare of others isn’t the same as working to take care of others."
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Same in Britain, people cease being unemployed after 104 weeks and are elimiated from the unemployment figures. But such statistical slight of hand, while making unemployment statistics look better, do nothing to reduce the social security costs.
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Common sense challenged multi-millionaire Pelosi, a woman of and for the people, and a former Miss Axle Grease title winner, demands more government money be borrowed in order to put our children and grandchildren into ever more debt. Paul Ryan and Pattie Murray will be there to help. It is comforting to know they have our backs. /s
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"Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ratcheted up pressure on Republicans wary of another extension. In a statement issued Friday, she called the pending expiration “immoral,” and blamed GOP lawmakers for allowing it to happen."
Hey, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and they rest of the Republican "compromise caucus", how's that bipartionship working out for you? Kind of lonely, huh?
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I don't know- I completely relate to your reply but get the nagging sense that the whole concept of the Republicans representing any sort of balance against the progressive virus that has riddled the body of our government with the disease of corruption and toxic transformation is a ruse.

They might be quick to point out the fact that not one member of the GOP voted for the ACA- albeit that none of their votes were needed for its passage- yet they'll neglect to point out that over the three years since that team Øbama has had to properly implement something that arguably has something to do with the persistent unemployment, the GOP has had the same amount of time to vet the details that have been trickling out about it- each in and of itself seemingly a treasure trove of anti-progressive campaign fodder for those with the hope of actually unseating the Democrats... yet there is silence on supposed "right" on this- choosing instead to play what seems to be calculatedly ineffectual politics with it in order to pantomime opposition to the agenda rather than mount anything meaningful to derail it.

Boehner, Ryan, Graham, et al represent nothing more than wolves in sheep's clothing... a false front labeled as conservatism but whose real job is to enable the progressives to ram through their agenda while we sit on our collective hands on the belief that we are being represented. They are shills following a devil's advocate script. They aren't lonely in the least because by their tactics they show that they really don't intend to oppose anything the progressives are demanding.
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The budget just passed, was a "bipartisan" compromise between Ryan and Murray. Not including the extension of unemployment benefits was part of that compromise . About a week later Republicans are being caled immoral for wanting cuts to equal the expense of the benefits. Compromise doesn't buy the Republicans any goodwill, so why bother? They reduced the sequester cuts that were automatic for cuts 6-10 years out. Those cuts will never see the light of day.
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Proving once again that cuts down the road are meaningless.

The Repubs should say they will consider this issue once the Dems explain how it is to be financed. What are the Dems willing to cut to pay for this.
50 weeks ago
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Of course the progs aren't willing to budge one iota on the mandates and policies that are exacerbating the unemployment situation, creating the need for extended benefits but they are all set to demagogue those who dare advocate responsible budget cuts.

I can imagine it now... heartless conservatives taking food out of the mouths of babies yet it is liberal policies that deny people the dignity of earning their own keep- reducing them to nothing more than political pawns- dependent on handouts- but who get discarded when no longer needed.

I suppose this endangers the illusion that there was a "budget" deal.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
"“When the American people get involved and speak out, we are going to win this fight, and I believe that that is what’s going to happen,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a liberal who caucuses with Democrats, on MSNBC this week."
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Sanders is a self-described SOCIALIST. No self-respecting socialist would caucus with the republicans.

This is what socialists do - they extort money from the taxpayers (that would be you and me) under the veiled threat of the IRS and hand it to 'them' (OWS et al) people who didn't earn it - do not deserve it - and will never understand the real value of a dollar - or the satisfaction of acquiring that money the old fashioned way - earn it.

Refresh my memory here - isn't this what got Greece and a few other socialist type countries in trouble? Hows that working out for them? Just thought I'd ask.



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