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Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 7, 2014, 6:42 a.m. EST by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR
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Republicans To Unemployed: Drop Dead ~ MIDTERMS!!

February 6, 2014 | Bill Scher

[Time to get real, time to hang up the Unicorn nets and Both-Same megaphones, we don't want to add to the phenomenal damage that the 2010 midterm tantrum caused, is still causing and will continue to cause until the T-Bags & Cons (which the tantrum let in) are no longer controlling, obstructing and flagrantly sabotaging Congress. Rendering our government, our democracy, paralyzed!]

Republicans today ended all doubt: They do not want to help the long-term unemployed. Given a bill that would help for a mere three extra months without adding to the deficit, Republicans refused to let the majority rule and filibustered the legislation.

If only one more Republican had voted “aye,” more than 1 million long-term unemployed would again have access to unemployment insurance.

But two Republicans voted “no” who had previously voted “aye” to prevent a filibuster earlier in the process: Sens. Rob Portman and Dan Coats.

Portman has not yet given an explanation, but Coats complained that Democrats did not incorporate his amendment to, in his words, “prohibit individuals from receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits if they fail to accept any offer of suitable work or if they refuse to apply for suitable work referred to them by a state employment agency.”

Such a provision would force family breadwinners to choose between taking massive pay cuts for low-wage “suitable” work or being cut off from unemployment insurance. Yet for Coats, if Democrats won’t agree to put these heads of households in cruel Catch-22s, then he will just cut them off now.

Another Republican with some explaining to do is Sen. Mark Kirk, who voted for a filibuster earlier after saying, “If Harry gave us an offset, I’d be a yes.” Today, Harry did, and he still voted “no.” As of this writing, he has yet to explain why.

But all 42 Republicans need to answer for this vote. Why did they decide now was the time to cut off aid to the long-term unemployed, when we could help them at no cost to the taxpayers, at a time when there are three unemployed workers for every one job opening and those out of work for more than six months have the hardest time getting job interviews?

The Republican Party is now standing squarely against help for the unemployed, at any cost. And unless they shift before November, they will have to take that message to the voters.

Unemployment Bill Defeated by GOP Filibuster

Senate Republicans just blocked a vote to extend jobless benefits to millions of families. These are families struggling to keep their homes and to feed their children because they lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Senate Republicans said no. Democrats gave them every concession they demanded. It wasn't enough.

They filibustered and blocked the will of the majority. Already 1.6 million jobless Americans have lost what little support they had. Millions more will be hurt over the next year if nothing is done.

This isn't, in the end, about policy. This is about identity. Republicans were, yet again, telling us who they are and what they stand for.

There is hope - that the American people begin to recognize the Republicans for who they are and what they have become.

Campaign for America's Future needs your help to spread this message. On our website, in the media and in paid advertising - we are going to tell this story. Please make a donation to support us so we can continue to support you.

Thanks for all you do,

Robert L. Borosage
Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future




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[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 6 years ago

Time to get real, People, time to hang up the Unicorn nets and Both-Same megaphones, we don't want to add to the phenomenal damage that the 2010 midterm tantrum caused us, is still causing and will continue to cause until the T-Bags & Cons (which our tantrum let in) are no longer controlling, obstructing and flagrantly sabotaging Congress. Rendering our government, our democracy, paralyzed!

Sam Zell: 'The 1 percent work harder'

Equity International Founder and Chairman Sam Zell weighs in on the one percent and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political woes. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." Bloomberg

10:26 a.m. CST, February 6, 2014

Billionaire real estate investor Sam Zell agreed with capital pioneer Tom Perkins that wealthy Americans are being unfairly criticized and said that the 1 percent work harder.

"The 1 percent are getting pummeled because it's politically convenient to do so," Zell said, an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg Television’s "In the Loop" with Betty Liu.

People "should not talk about envy of the 1 percent, they should talk about emulating the 1 percent. The 1 percent work harder, the 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society."

Perkins, a founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in January wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal in which he said the public's turn against the rich represents a "dangerous rift" in America and compares such progressive radicalism to the German Kristallnacht.

"I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its '1 percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American 1 percent, namely the 'rich,'" he wrote.

While Zell said "persecution" isn’t the right way to describe treatment of the top 1 percent of earners, he sees envy of the rich and class warfare as growing problems in America, blaming government regulations for a widening income gap.

Zell, who helped to expand the industry of U.S. real estate investment trusts in the 1990s, also discussed REITS in the interview, saying there are too many of the publicly traded property companies in the market.

There are more than 200 publicly traded REITs in the U.S., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Zell, 72, created companies including Equity Residential, now the largest publicly traded apartment landlord, and Equity Office Properties Trust, an office owner that was sold to Blackstone Group LP near the peak of the buyout boom in 2007 for about $39 billion.

In 2007, Zell bought the Tribune Co. and its newspaper and broadcast assets, eventually taking them private and becoming chairman and chief executive officer. The company filed bankruptcy in 2008 and emerged under new controlling ownership in 2012.


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