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‘Party of the rich’ continues to punish the unemployed

Published: Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

‘Party of the rich’ continues to punish the unemployed

President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, said, “if a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” Apparently, Speaker of the House John Boehner does not agree with President Kennedy on this point.

Moreover, Speaker Boehner and the Republicans appear to be “the party of the rich.” It has been four months now since unemployment insurance has been cut off for millions of job-seekers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. On April 7, 2014, the Senate passed its version of a bill to renew emergency unemployment insurance that would cost $10 billion and includes a spending offset. However, Speaker Boehner and the “House Republicans” refuse to take any action on that bill in order to help millions of jobless American workers.

Instead, Republicans have been busy doing other things. For example, last month they passed the so-called “doc-fix” providing an economic lifeline to some of their most reliable political and financial backers, the 650,000 physicians who treat Medicare patients. But they are not willing to assist millions of jobless Americans. In addition, on April 29 Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee approved a billion, plus an additional $68 billion in interest costs. The aforementioned examples certainly magnify how the Republican position on unemployment insurance is even more hypocritical. It appears as if the Republican Party’s years-long obsession with austerity only applies to where Speaker Boehner says it does. Since when is helping fellow Americans in need a political-partisan wedge issue?

I do not understand why Speaker Boehner has decided to play hardball at the expense of unemployed American workers, while he himself lives the highlight. Perhaps, because he already knows that his fate is sealed as being one of the most ineffective speakers in history. It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner has not acted to renew emergency unemployment insurance. Furthermore, it is mean-spirited, offensive and disgraceful when Republican leaders say that these unemployed workers are just lazy and that these extended benefits discourage people from going out to look for work. They should stop saying it and try walking in their shoes before just throwing them under the bus.

Rocco J. Parro, Poland


1redeye1(5112 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Rocco Tell your democratic buddies to quit putting in things into the law as attachments such an immigration changes etc. Then maybe they would vote for this bill .If you think the demoncratics are for the common man, you are badly mistaken . They are also for the rich. Who do you think gives them the most campaign monies, not the common men and women. the RICH! Besides where is the money for this bill coming from? More debt maybe

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2jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Are you kidding me? Where have you been the last 6 yrs?

You have a guy in the Whitehouse that has no experience in running a business. He has never even run a garage sale, & all of a sudden he is president of the US, & Commander in Chief.

Do you realize the scandals he has swept under the rug? Now, a new one with the VA.

He still blames Bush for our problems.

Evidently you don't remember when Reagan took over form the worst president in our history, Carter. Did you ever hear Reagan blast Carter for leaving us with 16% mortgage interest rates? No! he went about his business and repaired all of the mess that Carter left us with.

Now we have a new worst president, Obama


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3jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama?
With each new crisis and scandal, Mr. Obama tells Americans that he just didn't know.

He didn't know the Veterans Administration was letting America's veterans languish and die unattended -- he learned about it in the newspaper.
He didn't know the Justice Department was trolling phone records of members of the U.S. media. He didn't know the ATF was running guns into Mexico; didn't know the NSA was spying on the German chancellor; didn't know the Obamacare website was a disaster; didn't know the IRS was targeting conservative groups.

With every scandal, the president — the CEO of the United States, if you will — said he first learned about it in the papers. If he were head of Apple or IBM, he'd have been fired years ago, because in business, it's your job to know, and ignorance is, frankly, even worse than failing. Fail = fired.

Each time Mr. Obama is faced with a scandal, he does three things: First, he expresses outrage (he is, after all, a man only of words, not deeds); then, he blames his predecessor, George W. Bush; finally, he wraps the entire mess up in bureaucratic red tape -- a blue-ribbon investigation.

That last move, Mr. Obama's go-to dodge, does two things: No one, not even the president himself, can speak on the matter ("It's under investigation and we should hold off on any ... "); And second, a lengthy probe means Americans will be distracted and move on by the time any final finding is reached.

That's what happened with Fast and Furious, the gun-running scandal that eventually prompted Congress to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt. What did the president do? Nothing. Not a thing. All the other scandals have followed the same template.

When the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, Mr. Obama and his minions refused to comment for months, citing the "investigation." That led to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton uttering her infamous line when forced to testify before Congress months later: "What difference at this point does it make?"

This latest of many scandals is exactly the same. Dozens of America's veterans died waiting for health care, and reports have emerged that government employees actively covered up the scandal. So, Mr. Obama deftly dodged the press for weeks, sending out his flack Jay "Circus" Carney to cover for him with his pals in the White House briefing room.

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4jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.
The move was buried in hundreds of pages of new regulations issued late last week. It comes as part of an intensive administration effort to hold down premium increases for next year, a top priority for the White House as the rates will be announced ahead of this fall's congressional elections.
Administration officials for months have denied charges by opponents that they plan a "bailout" for insurance companies providing coverage under the healthcare law.
They continue to argue that most insurers shouldn't need to substantially increase premiums because safeguards in the healthcare law will protect them over the next several years.
If conservatives want to stop the illegal Obamacare insurance bailout before it starts they must start planning now.

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5andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

First Boehner is a bone head and i swear he should have a D in front of his name for the golfing and jumping into bed with the D's.

Obama's people say we are on the road to recovery that unemployment is down jobs are being created etc.. So one can assume no lies coming from their end.

So I understand completely. if you seriously think people should have more free stuff. Unemployment benefits are not a way of life it is given to people who are in need who are out of work. i do not know what the current weeks are, at one time it was 52 under Regan then Clinton took it to 26 now i heard it is like 90 some weeks? That is crazy almost 2 years of getting paid. lazy is a good word to use and I am sorry the "new" jobs are at Mickey D's no wonder they want 15 an hour. Mickey D's was never intended as a career either or a trade.

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6jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The LA zoo has an Africian lion.

The Whitehouse has a LYIN' Africian

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