Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rich Repuke Senators Hand Thousands of Hungry Kids a Lump of Coal By Not Extending Unemployment Benefits

DO the well-heeled Reepos care if the children of the unemployed starve? Hell NO!

How can it be that millionaire Repub Senators could be so callous and mean-spirited as to essentially tell tens of thousands of hungry kids to ‘Go Starve!’ And yet, that’s what has transpired as they’ve voted against extending unemployment benefits to the current 1.3 million who need them, which will become 4.8 million in a matter of months because the nature of the odious ‘deal’ signed last month allows for a rolling cut-off. As soon as the unemployed person hits the set limit based on maximal  months, wham! He is cut off from benefits – as is his family. That means the kids will go hungry – unless mom and pop can manage to get enough supplies at a food pantry.

Incredibly, foul, heartless pigs – sitting comfortably on their own gov’t benefits – have little or no sympathy. They could care less if the kids of the unemployed go hungry – so long as they get theirs.  No, they insist the long –term unemployed are merely lazy, good for nuthin’ parasites trying to eke largesse from the system. They have no conception that to the long term unemployed it fairly kills them to be taking what they know others (like Mr. Pig) regard as “handouts”. And these hard working people – who are only searching for a scintilla of dignity via work – would do without if not for the kids. It is the faces of their hungry kids who cry themselves to sleep each night that propels them to seek assistance, via unemployment benefits – or, if it comes down to it- welfare.

Why do the heartless lizard brains find this so hard to grasp? What has malfunctioned in their brains or brain stems, to make them believe these people wouldn’t take work – ANY work – if they could find it? Well, because it’s much easier for them to believe – after the Reagan era myths circulated of “welfare queens” - that the unemployed are no different from this odious caricature. This despite the fact the unemployed as workers had to pay into the system to accrue those benefits. (Which is why, if you haven’t been working a certain length of time, you receive none).

But this is what we’ve come to as a society. Because these same lizard brained trolls have no problem with the real corporate parasites snagging millions a year off the backs of average tax payers. They have no problem with the sleaze bag Wall Streeters, Oil company CEOs and banksters snatching all they can get out of the system – and with their money.

By one measure, as reported by Barbara Ehrenreich ('This Land is THEIR Land', p. 23): "the share of pre-tax income going to the top 1 percent of American households has risen to 16 percent. At the same time, the share of income going to the bottom 80 percent has fallen by 7 percentage points."

But it's worse than that! Those top 1 percent of people and indeed the top 5 %, have made out like bandits since the Bush tax cuts were passed in 2001. As a result, there has been an average transference of $7,000 every year from lower and middle income earners to the top.

According to a New York Times piece cited by Ehrenreich: "It's as if every household in the bottom 80% is writing a check for $7,000 every year and sending it to the top 1 percent".

Incredibly, the lizard brains lack even basic reasoning power, or basic knowledge of economics (understandable if they attend Smokehouse Online Bible College).  One actually had the unmitigated chutzpah to scribble ignorant refuse on his blog that everyone needed to be unemployed - in response to the finding by Harvard economist Lawrence Katz, i.e.  that the US economy is losing up to one billion dollars a week because of the “fiscally irresponsible” decision to end long-term unemployment benefits.

This bozo actually wrote: “Well, uh… if’ it’s so great to have UI for 1.3 million people to perk up the economy, why not have everyone unemployed?”

No, I kid you not! This turkey actually wrote that.  He has no conception of a balance sheet recession, or that the very concept of paying unemployment insurance (like paying out Social Security benefits) is contingent on a certain proportion of workers. In the case of S.S. current recipients (like HE is) are dependent on the earnings of current workers. If there were zero current workers there’d be zero S.S. benefits. In like manner, if there were zero current workers, there’d be zero dollars in the unemployment insurance cache to pay benefits.

What this bozo seemingly doesn’t’ grasp, is that a significant fraction of long term unemployed is disastrous for an economy whose GDP is seventy percent supported by consumer spending! Thus, the absence of those dollars (howsoever they arrive) means the GDP is hit, and a recession may be imminent. Losing one billion a week because of the removal of UI benefits is therefore not anything to sneeze at.
But why should Mr Xtian BigMouth get it? He obviously dismisses the recent quote I put up pertaining to one unemployed worker (posting on the UK Guardian site) who wrote:
“As one who lost his benefits I can tell you one thing, I will be homeless and spiraling downward without an extension. Place as much blame on me as you feel but remember the end result. Just because somebody gets themselves stuck in the mud, it does not mean somebody can't help them out! I've never in 38 years been on unemployment and I am shocked by the hard time I'm having getting a job. NO one will even hire me to dig ditches, collect garbage or clean sewers! What am I to do, starve?"

 Oh, Mr, Mighty Mouth does have a "solution" - at least for any unemployed in his area (assuming he isn't bullshitting):  that the mgr. of his apt complex will pay $10/hr for any one to "collect dog poop" lying on the premises. Personally, I think his claim is more full of dog shit than bull shit.

As I already noted, the Dems are partly responsible for this travesty. Instead of giving away the store in last month's "bipartisan budget deal"  - see the finalization of the act here- and  note Paul Ryan's prominent smirk at Dem victim Patty Murrary:
US budget deal

They ought to have held firm, and held out for an extension of long term unemployment benefits - or said, NO DEAL! That was when they had the leverage. Now, all they have is dog poop, and no Repuke will come on board, least of all the Tea Pee assholes.

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