Category Archives: unemployment compensation

Current 99r’s won’t be covered under Obama/GOP agreement.

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From Campaign for Amerika’s Future: Nothing for the 99ers (And Not Much For Anyone Else).

The deal is done – regarding tax cuts and unemployment benefits extensions — and while we all have a stake in it, most of us won’t get anything of long-term value out of it. Least of all the 99ers — the people who have received benefits for 99 weeks, or more.  I’ve read at least one bit of analysis that the 99ers are basically hung out to dry because there is no extension beyond 99 weeks.

Just to outline this framework: under the deal, the Bush tax cuts for all rate levels would be extended for two years. The estate tax, in a monstrous deal, will be lowered from 2009 levels, with a $5 million dollar exemption and a 35% rate, for two years as well. And, the deal adds what is now an annual patch to the alternative minimum class so it doesn’t hit people in the middle class. In exchange, extended unemployment benefits between 26 and 99 weeks will be continued for 13 months, to the end of December 2011 (costing around $65 billion). …

Given the rate of job creation, it looks like a significant number of Americans will be in the same boat as the 6 million current 99ers

So who exactly did Obama stand ‘up for’ with this ridiculous cave-in to the Corporate bootlickers known as the GOP? 

As I watched the presser, the one time Obama got really animated (read as pissed off) was when he went after the left.

Did Obama just commit political-suicide with this pact he made with the devil..aka..the GOP? Voters are known for having short memories, but if the unemployment rate is still above 9% come 2012, I see no way for Obama to make this go-away.

Bernie Sanders is standing firm in opposing this pact. Buddha Bless that man. I hope other Congress Critters have a set of balls like Bernie. Bernie is on Dylan Ratigans show now and says he will do whatever it takes to keep this agreement from going up for a vote. 

Oh, and fuck Mitch OConnell and his gloating. The GOP just became domestic terrorists to me.

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Grayson: May God have mercy on your souls.

I got chills when I listened to his speech on the floor. From the Orlando Sentinel:

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, the Democrat that Republicans love to hate, took aim last night at the GOP’s opposition to legislation that would extend unemployment benefits.

In a speech before a largely empty House chamber, Grayson slammed Republicans for “taking food out of the mouths of children.”

Noting that his grandfather scoured the garbage dump for things he could sell to support his family in the 1930s, Grayson said, “That is the America the Republicans are trying to revive — the America of desperate straits and cheap labor.”

“I know what [Republicans] are  thinking: ‘Why don’t they just sell some stock? If they’re in really dire straits, maybe they could take some of their art collection and send it off to the auctioneer. And if they’re in deep, deep trouble, maybe the unemployed can sell one of their yachts.’ That’s what the Republicans are thinking,” Grayson said.

That prompted Dan Gainor, vice president of the conservative Media Research Center, to tweet, “I’ll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary [sic] idiot Alan Grayson in nose. He’s a caricature of a congressman.”

Which, in turn, prompted Grayson’s office to accuse the Republican establishment of encouraging violence against him. The liberal Media Matters for America spread Gainor’s tweet around. Gainor later tweeted that he was joking.

Those fucks on the other side of the aisle can kiss my brown ass…both cheeks. They are so friggin in the pockets of the uber-rich and the corporations, it makes me physically ill to think of the idiots that continue to vote them into office. They are the party that vows to provide cheap labor to the corporations and it makes me so angry I want to punch someone..or something.

Listen to it all folks…its short and to the fucking point. I love this man. 

Our Fu*kwit of the Week: Jon Kyl

Evidently Jon Kyl believes there are more rich folks than unemployed folks…who vote. For me, that is the only possible explanation for why this fuckwit has used the following bullshit logic to back up his position:

Senator Jon Kyl, a Republican whip from Arizona, was against an extension of unemployment benefits. As a matter of fact Kyl believes that giving people their unemployment benefits will make them lazy and not want to work. He says it “doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.” (source)

Kyl also wanted to make sure that the unemployment benefits would be paid for with the money the government has. Kyl doesn’t think that war should be paid for with the money the government takes in. He is more than happy to go in debt for trillions for unnecessary Empire wars. (emphasis mine)

What these comfortable mutha fucka’s like Jon Kyle want, is million’s more under-employed individuals. Oh, hell yeah…you are a lazy sumbitch if you refuse to take a job that doesn’t pay enough to cover your rent, feed your kids, make a car payment and keep the lights on. If that’s a problem, well fuck…then just get another shit job and work 16 hours a day dude!

Jon Kyl’s reported net worth in 2008 was around 700k, and roughly the same for 2009. Of course that doesn’t tell us what his wife, Caryll L. Collins,  is worth. They don’t have to report that information I guess because I friggin looked all over for it.

So Jonny boy is ‘comfortable’. He isn’t rich by most standards but the fuckwit IS comfortable. That might help explain why he supports tax cuts that benefit the comfortable to the uber-rich….you know what I mean…those Bush Tax Cuts. The ones that decrease the federal governments coffers by…ready for this number…$678 million dollars annually.

Yes, that is what I said…$678 Large…..

Yet Kyl is demanding that any extension to unemployment benefits simply must be paid for by the federal government, yet he has no such feeling for those fucking Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich. Here is that quote:

“Surely Congress has the authority — and it would be right — if we decide we want to cut taxes to spur the economy, not to have to raise taxes in order to offset those costs. You do need to offset the cost of increased spending. And that’s what Republicans object to. But you should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans.”

His, and other republican’s, logic on this is total and complete bullshit of course because unemployment compensation and other stimulus spending puts more money into the economy (and the government coffers) than those friggin tax cuts for the rich bastards among us.  Check out the following graphic from a report by one of my favorite people at Moody’s Mark Zandi:

Notice extending unemployment benefits vs Bush Income tax cuts in the Bang For the Buck column. $1.63 vs a paltry $1.38. And thats giving those effin’ bastards total credit against just the damn unemployment benefits. If you extrapolate the spending increases out completely…its a huge-ass difference: $6.33 vs $1.38.

So a hearty fuck you asshole to Jon Kyl. This sumbitch rightfully deserves our fuckwit of the week…possibly the whole month, award. Not only is he a fuckwit..he’s a damn idiot too.

Please explain this to your republican/neocon friends and/or family in this manner…hell, use the damn graphic if they are real thick…ok? I know I will because half my friggin family haven’t got a fucking clue when it comes to this shit. Also, none of them make enough money to qualify for the fucking Bush Tax Cuts anyway…assholes.

But Jonny Kyl and his compadres will continue to sell this shit day in and day out in the same manner….and people will begin to think it’s true…that’s how these friggin grifters work ya know.