Thursday, June 24, 2010

Republicans Say NO to Unemployed Americans and Vote Down the Bill to Extend Unemployment! Republican McConnell LAUGHS at Unemployed Americans!

Republicans make me sick! They are old. They are wealthy. They are laughing at unemployed Americans who are in need. They are staunch supporters of tax cuts for the wealthy and easing regulations on big business. They support BP, and their oil disaster in the Gulf, not wanting to hold them accountable.

And now, just a few minutes ago, thanks to REPUBLISCUM Senators, 1 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits tomorrow. Republican Senators stood together to block cloture on a jobs bill that would have advanced legislation to extend unemployment benefits through November. Following the Senate's 57-41 vote that prevents the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act from receiving a fair up-or-down vote. This is an absolute disgrace. Do Republicans not understand the nightmare that millions upon millions wake up to everyday across this country? Once again Republican Senators sent hard hit families to the back of the line in favor of hedge fund managers and Wall Street millionaires. Republicans have chosen for Americans to lose and have decided the American people don't matter.

To make matters worse, the Republican leader stood up and joked about the plight of unemployed Americans. After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the floor and begged his fellow senators to "do the right thing" and pass the latest revision of the tax and benefits extension act, McConnell LAUGHED and joked, calling the measure the "H. R. 4213 Deficit Extenders Act." Meanwhile, millions of families with children will starve as the Republican McConnell LAUGHS!


Vicente Duque said...

Center for American Progress : Ruy Teixeira : By the 2016 election (or 2020) the United States will have ceased to be a white Christian Nation - Demography and Parties

Ruy Teixeira is super famous as guru of Demographies and seer of Future Political Changes - He has been extremely accurate in his predictions during the last 10 years. - The author of many books - He has the best Glass Ball to read the Future - You better read him before losing your money with Gamblers, Bettors and Bookies

Center for American Progress
Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties
By Ruy Teixeira
June 16, 2010

Some excerpts :

Heavily Democratic minority voters (80 percent for Obama) increased their share of votes in U.S. presidential elections by 11 percentage points between 1988 and 2008, while the share of increasingly Democratic white college graduate voters rose 4 points. But the share of white working-class (not college-educated) voters, who have remained conservative in their orientation, has plummeted by 15 points.

That’s a pattern that’s repeated in state after state, helping send those states in a Democratic direction. In Pennsylvania, for example, the white working class declined by 25 points between 1988 and 2008, while white college graduates increased by 16 points and minorities by 8 points. And in Nevada, the white working class is down 24 points over the same time period, while minority voters are up an amazing 19 points and white college graduates by 4 points.

These trends will continue, and the United States will be majority-minority nation by 2042. By 2050, the country will be 54 percent minority as Latinos double from 15 percent to 30 percent of the population, Asian Americans increase from 5 percent to 9 percent, and African Americans move from 14 to 15 percent.

Other demographic trends accentuate Democrats’ advantage. The Millennial generation (those born between 1978 and 2000) is adding 4 million eligible voters to the voting pool every year, and this group voted for Obama by a stunning 66-32 margin in 2008. By 2020—the first presidential election in which all Millennials will have reached voting age—this generation will be 103 million strong, and about 90 million of them will be eligible voters. Those 90 million Millennial eligible voters will represent just under 40 percent of America’s total eligible voters.

Professionals are now the most Democratic and fastest-growing occupational group in the United States, and they are a huge chunk of the burgeoning white college graduate population. They gave Obama an estimated 68 percent of their vote in 2008. By the middle of this decade, professionals will account for around one in five American workers.

Vicente Duque said...

Ruy Teixeira ( Continuation )

Democrats also generally do better among women than men, and they do particularly well among growing female subgroups such as the unmarried and the college educated. Seventy percent of unmarried women voted for Obama, and an estimated 65 percent of college-educated women supported him. Unmarried women are now 47 percent, or almost half, of adult women, up from 38 percent in 1970, and college-educated women are an especially rapidly growing population. Their numbers have more than have tripled in recent decades, from just 8 percent of the 25-and-older female population in 1970 to 28 percent today.

Finally, growing religious diversity favors Democrats as well, especially rapid increases among the unaffiliated (75 percent of whom voted for Obama). Unaffiliated or secular voters—not white evangelical Protestants—are the fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States. The percentage of adults reporting no religious affiliation almost tripled from 1944 to 2004, rising from 5 percent to 14 percent. Projections indicate that by 2024, 20 percent to 25 percent of U.S. adults will be unaffiliated.

This trend—combined with growth among non-Christian faiths and race-ethnic trends—will ensure that by the 2016 election (or 2020 at the outside) the United States will have ceased to be a white Christian nation.

Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :

Vicente Duque

ultima said...

Republicans are willing to extend unemployment benefits but they are also keeping a wary eye on anything that would increase the deficit. It seems to be insisting that some other expenditures be eliminated to pay for the extension is just sound financial management, something that seems to be in short supply in the Democratic Congress and Administration. I wonder whether anyone in Washington is minding the store as our Debt/GDP ratio is already headed to more than 200%.

ultima said...

Soon we will see that all minorities do not share the same agenda. Many can take liberal politics only for a short time. How about Christian Latinos? What will happen to them?

Dee said...

I don't agree with you Ultima.

Minorities and Humanitarians are growing closer together to fight racial profiling and the inhumanity of detention centers and the mistreatment of people.

No logical person supports Mass Deportation which is embedded in sb1070. Before anyone takes another survey, they should be made to READ THE BILL and See the Racial Profiling pictures of arpaio's suppression sweeps.

ultima said...

Republicans are in favor of extending unemployment handouts but believe they should be paid for through expenditure reductions instead of allowing them to increase the deficit. That's the part you left out.

Dee said...

Your comments are very, very revealing.

Handouts are what you Republicans gave to Wall Street and to Big Banks. Handouts are the deregulations you provided to Big Business.

Unemployment compensation is NOT a handout. You Republican Elites just do NOT get it.

ultima said...

What is it if it is not a handout? After all these payments ran out long ago for the first time in accordance with the law at that time. How many times do these benefits need to be extended before they become handouts? I agree there is such a thing as corporate welfare but indefinite and repeated extensions of unemployment benefits are also a form of welfare, one that drives up the deficit.

You might be interested in playing a game in which you get to determine how to reduce the debt/GDP ratio to 60% by 2018. I will give you the URL in my next post.

ultima said...

Try this to see if you can do it

ultima said...

I thought those handouts to the big banks were loans and have been mostly repaid. Isn't that so? Do you plan to repay your unemployment checks? To some degree, unemployment is paid for by contributions but once that is gone, it becomes welfare, i.e. a handout. This is not to say unemployment comp is a bad thing per se within reason because it maintains purchasing power which is needed in a recession. However, the downside is that it causes people to be too selective about the employment they will accept. They think depending on their neighbors to cough up the dough for unemployment comp is better than accepting a job beneath their dignity.

Dee said...

You republicans are heartless and soul-less for continuing to vote against unemployment extensions in the midst of the Depression we are in. You Republican Elites are reprehensible.

The American Public is keeping track of this. In fact, some groups on Facebook are keeping track of all the names of the Republicans Voting NO.

We will be attending Town Meetings of ALL Republicans up for election and asking these questions during Town Halls and RECORDING THEM and Posting Them on a New Website sponsored by the DNC and on Facebook.

We are taking Names and Reminding EVERYONE in time for the November Election.

We Americans will NOT forget the Republican callousness in November! AND WE WILL GET IT ON YOUTUBE so your Children will remember this too! (You Republican Heartless Souls!)

Dee said...

Also, please note: I DO NOT COLLECT Unemployment. I have a pension and my contractor job.

I have repeated this numerous times but apparently YOU FORGOT!

My concern is for the countless starving Americans and their families who are now going without while you Republicans EAT CAKE!

ultima said...

Dee wrote, "...prevents the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act from receiving a fair up-or-down vote. This is an absolute disgrace."

Do you have any idea how many bills Pelosi et. al. prevented from receiving an up-or-down vote? I complained bitterly about that at the time but you were silent. So I believe there is a major element of hypocrisy in your current anguish over the American Jobs bill. In other words, you favor an up-or-down vote on the bills you favor but not on all bills. I say that is a rather unprincipled approach. We should all be caling for up-or-down votes on every bill introduced in the Congress, at least those that have multiple sponsors. That is the way democracy is supposed to work. What Pelosi and Reid do has nothing to do with the democratic process but you knew that, didn't you?

ultima said...

You make a huge mistake in assuming that all Republicans are "Elite" and heartless. Nothing could be further from the truth. My family supports maybe 30 or so charitable enterprises and most other Republicans do likewise but they couple their charitable giving with a concern about the tax and spend policies of the Democruds, our horrendous National Debt, and our annual budget deficits. It's not easy work,but someone has to do it. We can't depend on the Dems to do it.

Republicans have already voted for a number of unemployment comp extensions. How many is enough? Should unemployment comp be completely open-ended as you seem to suggest? Is that really your position on unemployment comp? If not, what is your position?

ultima said...

It seems to me that our country is in a position where all its credit cards are overdrawn, the interest on the national debt is eating us alive,and now we are being asked to spend more of what we don't have and which we will have to borrow if anyone is willing to lend to a country in the financial condition of ours. When considering such questions it is better to look at the issue from both sides. If your assets were heavily mortgaged, your credit cards maxed out,and your income substantially less than your expenditures, would a reasonable person just go out and borrow more and spend more? It's not so much the question of whether the jobless folks should get an extension of benefits (as long as it does not create a disincentive to look for and accept any work they can get) as it is a question of how to pay for that extension. Why do the Dems oppose cutting other expenses to pay for unemployment comp.? You didn't address that aspect of the problem in between your name-calling.

ultima said...

Interesting that you think Republicans are unaffected by the failure of this measure. You should know that we are not all Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers.

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