As if Broadway doesn’t have enough to offer for entertainment the biggest show in town is actually happening in Washington DC and it’s a show that folks on Broadway can only look to with envy. It’s been drama after drama in DC for the past many years, real nail-biters that keep the lost and ignorant in this country on the edge of their seats waiting for the climax. The most recent “DC Broadway Drama” is about to get underway as Congress once again begins to debate extending unemployment benefits to the nations unemployed. It’s certain to be a real “nail-biter.” Are you waiting for the climax yet compadres?
US Senator Harry Reid R-NV is about to bring his new bill to the Senate floor so it can be voted on next month. If enacted it would reauthorize unemployment benefits. The benefits would be retroactive and pay for about $9.5 billion dollars in what is called “pension soothing” which is a slick accounting technique.
As of right now benefits for more than 2 million of the nation’s unemployed hang in the balance as Congress prepares to debate Reid’s bill. Last December Congress voted to allow unemployment long-term benefits to expire. Those benefits had been in place since 2008 and were formulated under the Bush Administration. Analysts say that unemployment in the US has gone down but the rate of long-term unemployment remains higher than in any recession since the Great Depression. Although the Obama Administration continues to claim that unemployment is about 7% the real unemployment rate is more like around 14% when you include the long-term unemployed and those who have used up their unemployment benefits or have simply given up looking for work due to lack of jobs in this country.
So yet another spectacle is about to get underway in DC with Harry Reid as the star of the show which I’m sure will be a HIT. Reid doesn’t have much room for error and he’s going to have to work to gain more support for his bill as it appears the attitude in Congress is the same as it was last December when they allowed benefits to expire. What’s the attitude? LET THEM EAT CAKE! And that is exactly what this Fascist Corporatist controlled and bribed government does time and time again! Are you SICK of that cake yet America?
In case you haven’t noticed NOTHING is ever resolved for any length of time beyond a few months by this Congress or Administration. These people for some reason just can’t establish a long-term fix but appear to only be able to put short-term, band-aid fixes in place. That’s why they keep confronting the same issues over and over every few months such as the debt ceiling, unemployment benefits, etc. Congress is the epitome of ineptness and that’s an understatement!
America today is being rule (not governed any longer) by a pack of Circus Clowns and outright Fools! Our public servants in all public sectors have been bribed, blackmailed, or both! We live in a nation firmly rooted in corruption in which the working poor and Middle Classes continue to pay the highest price. The voices of those classes and their struggle are no longer heard up on Capital Hill nor over at Obama’s White House. Americans have been reduced to being insignificants with the sole purpose in life to simply act as “consumer machines” that are not simply mindless but brainless! Just for good measure ever few months a new bogey man is thrown up in front of us to ensure we continue to dwell on the edge of fear and panic and the latest one of those appears to be Malaysian Flight 370 as the new “playbook” on that mystery is turning towards hijacking by terrorists who have some future plan to use the plane in some terror attack. Personally I’m tired of being afraid of the dark amigos! How about YOU?
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