Senators Slog While Unemployed Suffer

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Monday, October 26, 2009 at 6:00 am
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

A protracted and very partisan Senate skirmish has left hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans without unemployment benefits — an impasse that Democrats leaders are hoping to break this week.

They have their work cut out.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Almost five weeks after the House passed legislation to extend insurance benefits to the growing rolls of the long-term unemployed, upper-chamber leaders continue to haggle over Republican amendments. Not only do GOP leaders want to alter the way the bill is funded, but they’re insisting that a handful of politically charged amendments also get consideration, including provisions to de-fund ACORN and keep illegal immigrants out of the workplace. Since the start of the deadlock, more than 125,000 Americans have lost their unemployment insurance benefits.

The stalemate has frustrated Democratic leaders, who twice this month have attempted to pass the extension, only to be rebuffed by Republicans on the Senate floor. It’s also left a growing number of jobless Americans and their advocates indignant that lawmakers would make political hay out of their misfortunes in the middle of the worst employment crisis in a generation.

“Unemployed workers across the country are devastated and dismayed by the failure of the U.S. Senate to extend their lifeline,” Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, said in a statement. “It’s shameful and callous.”

The deadlock has been something of a surprise. When the House brought up an unemployment insurance extension bill last month — a proposal granting an additional 13 months of benefits to high-unemployment states — it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The vote was 331 to 83.

Senate Democrats are pushing a more generous bill, extending benefits by 14 weeks nationwide, with an additional six weeks for those in states where unemployment rates have topped 8.5 percent. The bill applies only to the future, meaning those whose benefits expired before passage would not be eligible for backpay. The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on a procedural move to begin consideration of the bill.

Standing in their way, however, are GOP leaders who want to attach a series of controversial — some say unrelated — amendments. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), for example, are pushing separate provisions to ensure that ACORN doesn’t receive federal funds. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have offered amendments related to the Wall Street bailout. And Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wants to make permanent the controversial E-Verify program, which screens newly hired workers in order to weed out illegal immigrants.

The offices of Corker, Thune, Vitter and Johanns did not respond to requests for comment. A Sessions aide said Friday that the E-Verify amendment is definitely still a part of the discussion.

Whether those provisions have any place beside the underlying bill depends on which side you ask.

An aide for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the amendments are intended to delay the process, just as Republicans tried to do earlier in the year when they offered similar provisions alongside, for example, the economic stimulus bill. “It’s kind of from the same playbook,” the aide said. “If they were seriously trying to do this, they wouldn’t be trying to add unrelated amendments.”

Yet GOP leaders dispute that claim, arguing that the primary sticking point is the proposed funding mechanism, not the underlying push to extend benefits.

To pay for their $2.4 billion legislation, Democrats are proposing to extend a small portion of the federal unemployment tax that employers pay on behalf of workers. That tax — currently eight-tenths of 1 percent of the first $7,000 employers pay for each worker — is slated to drop to six-tenths of 1 percent at the end of the year. The Democrats’ proposal would keep the current rate in place through June of 2011, effectively costing employers $14 per employee annually — or $21 per worker over the life of the bill.

An aide for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the additional tax would prevent small businesses from hiring new workers, effectively undermining the purpose of the bill at the expense of the unemployed folks it’s designed to help. The Republicans want to fund the extension using unspent stimulus money instead.

Complicating the picture for Democrats, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has offered an amendment to extend the popular $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers through next June, while also expanding eligibility to include folks with higher incomes. Additionally, the Isakson wants to apply the credit to all homebuyers, not just first-timers.

Faced with record budget deficits, the Obama administration has been wary of extending the tax credit. As a result, Democrats have offered a counter-offer to Isakson: a four-month extension of the $8,000 credit, followed by incremental decreases — $2,000 a pop — for each of the three subsequent trimesters. Like the existing benefit, only first-time homebuyers would qualify.

The Reid aide said Friday that no agreement has been reached.

The delay has consequences. Each day the Senate idles, another 7,000 Americans lose their unemployment insurance benefits, according to figures released by the National Employment Law Project this month. By year’s end, the group estimates, roughly 1.3 million people will have exhausted their benefits unless Congress steps in.

In light of the congressional inaction, some states have taken it upon themselves to extend unemployment insurance using emergency state funds. Oregon, for example, tapped into a surplus earlier this month in announcing a 13-week extension. The funds are expected to benefit 6,000 state residents.

Faced with budget crises of their own, however, most states don’t have the luxury of extending these benefits. It’s up to Washington, advocates say, to fill in the gap.

“It’s time for the Senate to do right by the families hardest hit by the recession,” Owens said. “The Senate needs to do whatever it takes, working weekends included, to make this happen.”

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jh443
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 11:20 am

The reason it got bogged down is that they tried to pass it by “unanimous consent.” This was tried more than once. What's the point of having a majority if you fail to use it on matters that require immediate action? I hold both political parties equally responsible, and no incumbent is going to get my vote for the next 6 years.


jh443
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 11:24 am

The Senate isn't going to work weekends for this. Heck, they didn't even work a 4 day week last week. For some unknown reason, they felt the need to take the Friday after a holiday Monday off!

And they have the nerve to suggest that those who can't find a job are lazy? They've GOT a job, and they're doing their darnest to make sure nothing gets accomplished!!


Del
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 11:37 am

This bill doesn't take care of those exhausting in 2010. That is a whole different amount of money and so we will be going through this mess again in a couple of months I suppose. There isd a bill proposed that does replace all 2009 mentions with 2010 but that is not the one under considration at this time. If you are contacting your congress person, be certain to mention tha they need to include 2010 in the bill as those who became unemployed after say mid -June 09 will be running out of benefits in early 2010 with no extensions available.


donaldopeoples
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

Unemployment benefits are they only thing keeping the lid from blowing off in this country. After 16 years of systematically dismantling the working class, Congress had better step up and do their what they were elected to do. The Grand Oil Party doesn't care about us and the Dems are showing their usual impotence. MCConnell and Kyl are true plastic men and hearken back to a time when courage was shown only through a hood and robe.


Trelane
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

This will pass this week. But what happens when these benefits expire in 14-20 weeks? Do they really think there will not be a need for another? I'm just wondering why they didn't just go for 26 weeks right off the bat.


DaveW
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

Trelane, why are you confident thatit will pass this week? I hope you are right.


jackmedford
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

What Impasse? Democrats have 60 votes just do it. Who cares what the Republicans want? Why the heck did I work so hard to get 60 votes if it were not to be used for critical items like this.

Oh I forgot the Congress has jobs and don't have to worry about putting food on the table or a roof over their heads. How foolish of me!!


prudy09
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST GIVE US THE UNEMPLOYMENT ALREADY!!!!! YOU BUNG HOLES IN THE SENATE NEED TO GET OFF IT AND LET IT GO!!!!BEFORE OUR LIVES ARE TOTALLY MUCKED!!!!!! DO THE OTHER THINGS ANOTHER TIME!!!! SAVE OUR HOUSEHOLDS NOW!!!!
SINCERLY DEVISTATED AND ABOUT TO BE EVICTED PERSON THAT NEEDS THIS TO SURVIVE!!!!


Name
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

Yet another day of no progress…what is going to take? children starving, elevated suicide rate, increase in desperate people committing more heinous crimes??? Wouldn't we all prefer to have JOBS? Of course! but it is so discouraging and bordering hopeless?…especially when one isn't in their 20's….

Interesting the mainstream media doesn't even comment on it? Had to come to the internet to find there will be another vote tomorrow? and this was hard to find??? They are all wrapped up in the Healthcare issue (yes, it is important)…

But in the meantime…what is next? breadlines? someone do something fast….please?


Frustated
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

Why would the bill want to exclude those whose benefits have exhausted? Some of those wose benefits exhausted may have been eligible for the benefits had the bill passed when it was first proposed.


Sufferer
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

“The bill applies only to the future, meaning those whose benefits expired before passage would not be eligible for backpay.”

I hope I'm not reading that right. My benefits expired in September and I sure as heck need them. This would be a dumb move by Senators if they exclude those who's benefits have expired. If 7,000 Americans lose their benefits everyday, they would be excluded?


NO NAME
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

Good Lord!! pass the unemployment bill already!! You guys can argue about the other stuff later! There are people out here who need the help paying their bills and putting food on the table for their families. Because of all the pork you guys want to fight over I wont be able to pay my bills this month and will have no way to go look for a job!! HELP THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT FIRST!! QUIT BEING SELFISH AND STOP TRYING TO PASS YOUR AGENDAS ON OUR ONLY MEANS OF SUPPORTING OUR FAMILIES!!


elizabethhilliard
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

Reid talks about using the “reconciliation” process to ram through a costly and secretive health plan the majority doesn't want. Why can't they do that with unemployment extensions? Stop blaming the GOP. At the same time, to hell with the GOP for their bickering. There will be hell to pay for all of the Senate-dems and repubs alike if they exclude people whose benefits are exhausting now. My benefits ran out in Sept. I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I have 2 kids to take care of. You can better believe they will pay dearly come election time.


donlogue
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

It is important that we all put pressure on the Senators now! Tomorrow 10/27/09 is the vote. Everyone please contact Senators(especially Mitch McConnell (Ky), Jon Kyl (Az), Harry Reid (Nv) and John Isakson (Ga.)) and demand they pass this bill ASAP!!


Jeff M
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

To Frustrated and Sufferer,

A lot of people misunderstand the retroactive or “backpay” language around this bill. If you qualified for previous extensions and have exhausted your benefits, you should qualify for the proposed extension that is currently stalled in the Senate. When they say the bill won't be retroactive or include backpay, it simply means that you won't get a check in one lumps sum that will cover the gap from the time you received your last check to the time the bill passes. In other words, your weekly payments will start at the time the bill is made law and go for 14 or 20 weeks… depending on which state you live in.


markmincey
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

I've been out of unemployment since the middle of September. I'm behind in my rent, faceing being evicted. I had to sell my mothers dresser to help with the remt.{didn't get enough} The unemploment office wants us to turn in a work search, two a week. I'm out of gas,and this morning I have a flat tire. Tell me one thing, Congress has their money. Why don't they do the emergency unemployment help for people like me, and do the rest latter? Oh let me guess, too much paper work. We the people pay them good money to mess with our lives. Put them down for a raise, their doing a good job.


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'tude vox Ro
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

Dear “representative” government:

Reminder – you represent US, not corporate interests. But since most of you got where you are by selling your souls to the highest bidder, let me explain why you should take care of the unemployed people, still buying into the lie that we can become rich if we work hard, obey Corporate Masters and suck your lolly-pops instead of critically thinking and negotiating in our own best interests.

First of all, the longer we stay out of the chains of employment, the more we see your predatory practices, widdling away at our ability to provide a reasonable life-style. We, the long term unemployed know you will cut our throats any time you can save a dime. So next time we become employed, watch out. Excessive UNPAID overtime – no way. Staying late to do “just this one thing” instead of watching our sons and daughters play sports, perform in a talent show or go to parent-teacher conference won't be happening. We know you just use and abuse us till you cast us aside with nothing.

Second, as you play around with our life-lines, we will find others. If Corporate Masters insist on cutting our pay, we will get second and third jobs that render us useless to you. We will spend all of our waking hours working to provide for our families and therefore, not be intellectually available to anyone – because we do not have a balanced life. We will work the minimum hours, leave exactly on time, handel personal work during your “paid” time and when you threaten to replace us, we will tell you to shove it up your … (insert oriface of choice). Our productivity will decline, we will make costly mistakes and left many tasks unattended – like true customer service. Then your customers will leave and so will your revenue. Go ahead, keep spending money on recruitment and training …. till you go out of businesss. We now know WHAT IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS IS BAD FOR AMERICANS!

Third, as we have a lot of extra time on our hands, expect us to research the fallicy of the system – CORRUPTION. Government, Business and Unions share the same bed of deception, greed and entitlement. Expect us to understand how printing worthless (FIAT) money BENEFITS THE RICH. Expect us to research the fraud of the market, seeing insider trading, market manipulation and corporate owned/operated media spreading the lies the rich want the middle class to believe and REJECT YOUR PROPAGANDA.

Forth – eventually, with big business, paying lower and lower wages, scalping us on benefits and treating us like drones, THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL BEGIN REFUSING TO WORK FOR YOUR CRUMBS and then you will have no one to make the products and provide the services you sell. We will exit the BIG BUSINESS workforce faster than you can make robots to replace us. The middle class will start up their own businesses, hire people and even if they pay the same, will steal your prospective mindless-drones and work for small businesses, letting the unnatural monopolies crumble under the dry rot of your deceptive practices.

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Roger H.
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

This is the longest stretch so far in my life that I have been without employment. I have read carefully all the comments posted here. I can sense the growing wave of disgust at the lethargic, insensitive -to- reality attitude that seems be be expressed by those in power. There's no sense of urgency that I can see.The very fact that so many are reaching the “no income” stage shows that action comes much too slowly. Government…..”Hmmph”.


stacystacy123
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

Omg! please pass the extension already! I have been without unemployment for 7 weeks now and down to my last penny. I lost my apartment last month, and behind on all of my bills, now my credit is screwed, but I could care less now about that because I think having money to buy food is more important! Oh and also my car insurance was cancelled since I was behind one month, but I guess it does not matter since by the end of this month my car will be repossed. Now I have not way of driving to work, (if I ever get a job), and have not way of surviving and getting around once I move back to the SF bay area. Please pass the bill before more damage is done, we are counting on you to help us get back on our feet again. What does it take for you see that the unemployed and thier families and children are suffering. I just pray that tomorrow will be the day. I'll be keep my fingers crossed.


SycoRed
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

It's hard to believe that we pay those politicians to do this to us.


sadinmn
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

Let's just hope it passes and will move switfly to Mr. Obama's desk. Unfortunately this isn't the last hurdle as since this bill is different than the House's they need to agree on a final bill format (hopefully this one).
My wife's unemployment ends in two weeks and we are very scared as my income does not cover all of our necessary expenses…not even considering the unsecured related debt.
If this bill doesn't pass it will not be long and we'll be filing for bankruptcy. Unfortunately my wife hasn't been able to find a job. Too often told that she is 'overqualified'.


Dryker
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

The seventh paragraph, second sentence of this article states, “The bill applies only to the future, meaning those whose benefits expired before passage would not be eligible for back pay.” Is this stating that the interim between expiration of benefits and the new extension will not be paid, in one lump sum or otherwise; or, that those whose benefits have expired will not qualify for the latest extension? I'm inclined to think the former, but am not sure. This is the first article I've read with such language; it's a bit off-putting. My last extension ran out months ago. I've been unable to find a job comparable to my last. My landlord is losing the house I live in. With no job, I'll be hardpressed to find a rental that will take me on. I'll be forced to take a position that is meant for America's young. The only jobs they can get. Jobs that give them the skills to move onward and upward; to become the workforce of the future. If this extension doesn't come through soon, I'll be forced to become one more person preventing America's youth from becoming the workforce that has made this country a global leader.


Mike Lillis
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

It's the former. In other words, if your benefits expired Aug. 1, and the President signs the bill Nov. 1, you wouldn't get a check covering the three-month gap. But you would be eligible for the extension beginning Nov. 1.
Sorry if that wasn't clear.


Brittanicus
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

Sen.Harry Reid D-NV, Nancy Pelosi D-CA, are the drum majors who failed in their objective to stifle the E-Verify law, as continued public outcry positively terminated any chance of that? E-Verification is a sophisticated tool to indirectly deport the 20 to 30 million plus from America? What’s the good of hanging around, if you are going to be verified through a government data base? Simply put! It has a self-deportation mechanism. It's time to hold your own governments feet to the proverbial fire? US workers should push to make it mandatory for every business operation, so that if caught employing illegal foreigners they should go to prison. Right now the battle lines have been drawn between–THE AMERICAN WORKERS Vs. A MULTITUDE OF PARASITE BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS AND THE OPEN BORDER LOBBYISTS. The public need to know that Opponents have a vested interest in nullifying E-Verify, so they can resume hiring discount illegal labor

Even our law enforcement is under constant attack, such as Sheriff Joe Ariapo's illegal immigrant removal program. Any kind of federal or state legislation is mostly designed to be weakened, so it looks as though our government agencies are working for the US job seeker or even the whole population. Sheriff Joe of Maricopa County, Arizona acknowledged he would finally be ripped away from using 287 G fed law, because its working too good throughout this nation. As citizens and legal residents we must insist of our money-vulnerable politicians that 287 (g) is mandatory for every state and county police agency, that the No-Match-Letter to disclose illegal aliens working in procured US worker jobs and no cut back on ICE workplace sweeps remain in operation indefinitely? The feeble excuse is that Joe is racial profiling, but then we must take into consideration that the whole Southern border has been–ILLEGALLY COLONIZED by foreign nationals, costing states billions of dollars. Such as Obama's Democratic leadership secretly trying to enclose language in the public option health care available to illegal immigrants. In the end we all know that illegal immigrants will wheedle their way into health care, because Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, Rep.Charles Schumer and the majority Dem's cater to them. It's a sorry story when these people get preference over our own people, so it will be a battle all the way? Emergency care! Yes! But not filtering into the American people's one chance at Universal health care?

The feral business organizations have been unable to state that E-Verify is racist or profiling by religion or any other adverse criteria, as this piece of software is unable to discriminate In previous court appearances the ACLU, Council of Foreign Relations, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Immigration attorney Associations, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Council on International Personnel, and the HR Policy Association, and a mishmash of open border groups has stumped themselves for some way to delay implementation of the E-Verify program? The 15 million unemployed citizens and legal residents now know who are the enemy that we are up against? The American public must stop the demand for the unceasing influx of impoverished labor for these companies?

Everybody who needs to hire illegal labor should be identified, just as large businesses are exposed by ICE agents.
Mandatory implementation of E-Verify should not just for federal contractors/subcontractors are should be propagated for everybody who wields a wrench, a pen, a computer or anything else in the diversified working space? In other words–IT SHOULD BE FOR EVERY WORKER, MANAGER, and SUPERVISOR OR EXECUTIVE IN THIS COUNTRY? The magnet is businesses that draw the illegal cheap job-hunters across the borders into the clutches of exploiting employers. I have heard from countless US workers, who have been dropped to make way for cheaper labor in every category of jobs, including higher career positions. Even day labor sites such as Home Depots, Lowes or anywhere these people congregate should be also verified through an E-Verify portable application. Small contractors or a
American employers should–ONLY–be able to solicit for highly skilled tradesman and proven scientists and engineers, under the eye of government labor departments. Europe has adopted a method of selecting specialty workers through a points system that is also being used by other industrialized nations.

United Kingdom first introduced a point’s based system in 2002 called the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). Immigrants can come to the British Islands under this scheme without a sponsor or previous job offer if they can score enough points based on age, education, and past earnings. Australia uses its General Skilled Migration program to attract migrants from across the globe to help alleviate labor shortages, both in trade occupations and highly skilled professional occupations. Canada Potential immigrants can score points based on previous education (both University and Trade school qualifications). New Zealand immigration authorities assess immigrants chances of success based on their occupation and whether it conforms to what the country deems to be future growth areas and sectors experiencing labor shortages. Other countries, such as Germany and France, require a job offer and other stringent requirements for migrants from outside the European Union.

American workers have been paying a price for at least two decades, because thousands of companies had resisted paying for health care? Instead maimed workers especially in manual forms of labor are carted to the nearest emergency hospital for treatment, so the outcome being the employer is resolved from any responsibility and the taxpayer absorbs the medical debt. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FORCE OUR INCOMPETENT POLITICIANS TO INTRODUCE E-VERIFY AS A PERMANENT ADDITION TO THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ARSENAL, ILLEGAL ALIENS WITHOUT JOBS WILL LEAVE IN DROVES. But their must be substantial penalties for–NOT–using E-Verify, such as heavy fines and prison for many violations.

Internal ICE enforcement on a grand scale must become a daily event, as they investigate violations within the working communities. ONE CERTAIN WAY TO HALT THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION, IS BY CHANGING THE CIVIL LAW TO CRIMINAL AS A CLASS ONE FELONY FOR ENTERING AMERICA WITHOUT PERMISSION AS IN SENSIBLE FOREIGN COUNTRIES?

A new poll by Zogby International has found people across our border believe an amnesty that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants would prompt more people to enter the U.S. illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies (CRS) stated. Another new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveals that 56% of Americans say that federal immigration policies encourage illegal immigration, and 64% believe that local law enforcement should conduct raids in places where illegal aliens gather to find work. Only 19% opposed the raids compared to 24% who opposed such raids back in April.

THIS IS THE MAJOR REASON WE NEED A PERMANENT E-VERIFY, FOR EVERY PERSON WHO IS EMPLOYED? NOT JUST FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD?

Then we have Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, a Democrat from Chicago, has been on the road most weekends since last December trying to beckon people towards forging a favorable immigration reform package. However, it seems –IF–the bill ever becoming a reality while millions of Americans are without work or given up hoping to find a job, the financial impact will be overpowering–as well as insane. VIEW THE LIST OF LAWMAKERS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AT http://tinyurl.com/CIR-letter-to-POTUS. THESE CONGRESSMAN/ WOMEN WANT TO STEAL YOUR JOB AND GIVE IT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS? KEEP THEM EMBOSSED IN YOUR MEMORY AND UNSEAT THEM WHEN THEY COME FORWARD FOR RE-ELECTION.

Call and blast your Senators and Representative at 202-224-3121 in Washington. Jamming the switchboard with your calls, as it is having an outstanding effect of–MILLIONS of angry voters on legislators. THEY ARE BEGINNING TO LISTEN AND REACT? INFORM THEM TO DO THEIR DUTY OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES ON RE-ELECTION DAY? Tell them you want PERMANENT E-Verify for–EVERY WORKER, a secure double layer fence and–REAL–enforcement against sanctuary state policies. Only citizens and legal residents–MUST–be counted in the 2010 Census–ILLEGAL ALIENS MUST BE EXEMPT. Read undisclosed facts, statistics and lawmakers immigration enforcement grades of politicians at NUMBERSUSA. UNEARTH the corruption in government at JUDICIAL WATCH. Your voice is needed to halt OVERPOPULATION and American Worker survival. Demand NO-MORE-AMNESTIES. They should–GO–home and come through the front door, like millions of honest legal immigrants? Report any irregularities in your workplace to ICE. Be a patriotic American, Whistle-Blower and inform of illegal activity to ICE. Your job–COULD BE NEXT?


Name
Comment posted October 26, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

It is a shame beyond believe that the Republicans continue to hold up this legislation. The Democrats don't seem to have the fight it takes to end the stalemate. Where in the world is the press coverage on this issue? If I were Senator Reid, I would hold a Press Converance and take the gloves off and get tough. My God where is the fight in these Democrats. They know how to fight for Wall Street. I pray to God that we learn how to vote each and every one of these politicians out of office.


kali89
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 3:31 am

If Republicans want to pass these right-wing pet projects why can't they offer them as bills themselves instead of attaching them to an unrelated bill?? these evil, retarded morons never cease to amaze me.. 125,000 Americans have lost their benefits, while the Reps stall the bill to extend benefits so they can pass Amendments — surprise!! — that protect the interests of their friends on Wall Street — after everything that's happened!! I simply can't understand why anyone in this country still votes for these evil people.

(and regarding E-Verify: I have a green card, have had it for many years, whenever I get a new job I have to fill out a form (form i-9) that verifies I'm legal to work here, I have to give my green card # and SHOW the green card to the employer, and this system has been in place ever since I can remember — so no one will tell me we currently have no system in place to verify someone's immigration status).


kali89
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 3:32 am

hey Brittanicus, the comments section is for COMMENTS, not endless ramblings…………………


truthbone
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 7:38 am

It's ironic that the people we vote for become our masters. It's a curious thing, this system. This is the longest period I've ever been unemployed. All I know is that I feel better that I live in New York. Some people here live in the South. I just want to ask: When will you people quit voting Republican? Or will you continue to believe tax cuts for the rich, but not for you, is good for America? When will you quit putting all your focus on “lazy Blacks, and illegals who just want a free lunch? The guy who's picture is above, doesn't care about you! They convince you that Europeans are Socialist. And that is a very, very, bad thing. But the Europeans know that beyond race, there's class. They know that well. Read Dickens. The rich and powerful don't care about you. To them, you are a Mexican too! He thinks he has you under his control! He knows the real problem is corporate control, but convinces you it's about Mexicans an liberals! I know the Democrats are wimpy, but they could be stronger if people in the south went in with them. You people in the south had better wake up!


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Jason
Comment posted October 27, 2009 @ 9:19 am

You IDIOT this is about UNEMPLOYMENT. Dumb republican.


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bobcole
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

You can bet I Will remember every scum bag low life voting in this UC extension bill against and not for the workers who need this money badly.I bet these same bloodsuckers passed a law bailing out big business with no problems because they Knew where there campaign money was coming from and did not want to lose it.


ebarcruz
Comment posted October 28, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

What is pathetic about all this is that these Senators really know there is nothing we can do. Lets, talk about powerlessness. The Dems as said will not take the gloves off and the Republicans are not worth the spit and piss of a street corner. The Press, lost in space, the President is golfing and would rather compromise than stand for principle and justice, the Judiciary, you can't force the Senate to do anything! The law is based upon the Declaration of Independence but no one has the mind to revolt and We can vote them out, but give me a brake We will have starved to death, lost our homes and apartments before they count up the votes especially when Republicans are too brainwashed to see that some of the unemployed are Republicans. The BIG question is where are WE going as a Country that our representatives are so baseless indifferent slimbags to turn their backs on us when WE need them so much to come through for us. Family values, what hypocracy, there are children being affected by this fiasco!! Don't tell us about Our Great American Experiment and Christian traditions, democracy and spirituality are not about talk, they are about action. Even powerlessness has a price and a consequence for those who will not take Our interest to heart. President Lincoln spent long restless agonizing hours with only the ability to do nothing. We will also wait and when it is Our time We will act. RFK, “It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped each time a man stands up…he sends a tiny ripple of…energy and daring, these ripples will build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”


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Leisa Epps
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

No one in the Senate really cares about those of us who are just weeks away from living in the streets….Maybe the Senate would be nice enough to forgo their pay checks for a month or so and let us the American people have them. I didn't think so. It's a sad state of affairs this country has become. MR. PRESIDENT you could do something about all of this NOW


Leisa Epps
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

I am 43 and would love a job for the young. I can't even find one of those. American's youth doesn't have a snow ball chance in hell with today's economy.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

Hear, hear! beautifully put.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

Amen.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

If “the angel [/devil] is in the details,” then SHAME on Congress and the president for allowing this unconscionable GRAND CANYON sized DEATH VALLEY of a gap. Fiscally, it is like an earthquake crevice. And those who have fallen into it, ABSENT RETROACTIVITY of extended benefits, will not without permanent damages (loss of home, credit rating [and thus now and future credit] and thus incurring of late fees and permanent unethically usurious finance charge APRs; and loss of time (now NOT spent job hunting or retraining), food, mental health and emotional peace.
These losses will last long.

In what La-la-land PARALLEL comicbook UNIVERSE do our “democratic representatives” live? They're telling the starving and home-losing US masses now to “eat cake.” And Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) has either the impeachable senile dementia or the disingenuous arrogant aristocratic audacity to declare (ignoring flaming headlines to the contrary, that by now over 600,000 jobless are w/o benefits) that “benefits have not yet run out.” That remark manifests staggering, Senatorial malfeasing ignorance of current events; and far worse, a contempt for the welfare and will of the longsuffering jobs-bereft American populace. And it has been the US presidencies and Congress (since President Nixon opened the US products market to US industry -betraying dumping of below-cost goods from China) for the past three decades that have hollowed out the once glorious US manufacturing might, leaving us a ghost town of a wasteland.
US inventions coopted by intellectual property -dishonoring Asia.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

'tude, brilliant! Power (back) to the people.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

“Tomorrow 10/27/09 is the vote”? It is now 10/30/09, and vote is set for next week. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow . . .” until we are all dead and nothing to pay but death benefits.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

The bill will not exclude those whose benefits have exhausted. Do continue weekly to claim benefits — though you won't be paid until the federal extension is signed into law. And when it is, you'll only be paid for 14 or 20 future weeks, not retroactively for the weeks you weren't paid after your last benefits expiratioin.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

Unfortunately for America, the US Gov't (even this, Obama's) has no sense of triage, of prioritizing fixing crises before more backburner matters. Not legislative MASH, but mush.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

Trudy, run don't walk to the nearest welfare office and Catholic Charities, etc. to ask for rent help. Call Donald Trump, Oprah, etc. Google “charities” and “rent help” and call them for help asap. Tell your landlord that this extension will soon pass, and in near future you can pay back rent. And apply online at US gov't SNAP foodstamp progam.

Keep the faith. But keep acting constructively to save yourself in this interim of incomelessness.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

Best cross that bridge when you get to it. But in late September 2009, after the US Senate got the House-passed bill and it became apparent they had too many disagreements for swift passage, they should then have passed an IMMEDIATE 4-WEEK EXTENSION to PREVENT ANY benefits GAP for ANYone. In this interim, they could debate and hammer out terms of a longer extension. But until such is forged and passed, they should INTERIM keep passing IMMEDIATE, SHORT-TERM, INTERIM extensions to guarantee CONTINUITY of benefits to the otherwise fiscally (and thus soon physically) drowning benefits-expired jobless.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

Astute points, brilliantly put. Congress (and US presidential administrations) over the past 30 years did create this jobless mess — by chasing the USA's high-tech manufacturing “golden geese” out of the USA, and en masse importing (and endlessly amnestying) subsistence labor.


donaldopeoples
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

Productivity is up because companies are cutting their work force, freezing
or cutting wages and benefits, and shifting the work load to whomever is
left. It's a cycle that is unsustainable. We tried to modify our mortgage
with perfect credit. They told us no because we are both laid off.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

P.S. US Constitutionally, unlike their “fellow” Americans, the US Congress and president are protected from foreign competition. Ergo, they do not “feel your pain” (nor did nor does Bill Clinton, who afflicted and inflicted NAFTA unfair trade treaties on us). George Washington, ardently protectionist of fledgling US industries (as is, e.g., Japan's MITI — Ministry of Trade and Industry, which subsidizes their cartels), would be appalled at our plummet from manufacturing national self-sufficiency. We have short-term foolishly embraced cheaper foreign goods, at the long-term national economic suicide of losing our manufacturing base that sustained our middleclass prosperity and enabled us to be, since WW2, the world's foremost military “might for right” nation.h


jh443
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

Actually, it was George Bush (Dubya's dad) who, in his last days in office, signed NAFTA.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

(Cont.) “Golden geese” metaphorically being our “g[ee]se that laid the golden egg”s of our former nationwide middleclass prosperity, based on our WW2- geared-up and crescendoed world-paragon manufacturing might:
our factories (e.g., auto, consumer electronics [tv's, radios, pcs, musicplaying hardware, cameras, ad inf.], textile and other high-tech product industries) and many outsourced service sectors (e.g., corporate customer service).
President Obama — whatever became of your campaign promise to end
tax credits [or other rewards] to US companies that send jobs out of the USA? One year into your administration, no action to that end.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

While “unanimous consent” is NOT a LEGAL requirement? Unconscionable and absurd. A perfectionist neurosis — that like all such, paralyzes, sinks and stops projects from being done at all.


jh443
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

I'm not an expert on procedural matters, but it's been my belief that the reason “unanimous consent” exists is to streamline the process. I don't even want to begin to imagine how backlogged the Senate would be if every bill had to go through each step the way the unemployment extension has.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

“Unanimous consent” (a gratuitous ideal) stops, not streamlines the process. It means “all or nothing” — and to the by now 600,000 jobless whose benefits expired six weeks ago (and who thus have been “running [and/or crashing] on empty”), “nothing” is NOT an option. I had thought, a simple majority (51%) or supermajority (66.33%) would suffice.

Yet for 40 days now, Nothing is what the US Senate has done for its haplessly incomeless putative “constituency.”

We do need (by US Constitutional amendment?) reform US Senate procedures — to forbid amendments that are off topic (like this bill’s housing-credit and e-verify add-ons), and thus sandbag (esp. emergency) legislation, doom it to a slow lethal dodobird slog to too-late passage.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

Thank you for that point (if correct; I'll check). Indeed, George-Herb Bush had avidly lobbied Congress to ratify NAFTA, and our joining the World Trade Organization — that gratuitously ceded our sovereignty as a world-trade player. But as “Democrat” “people's President” Bill Clinton also ardently promoted and pushed NAFTA as if he were a Bush, my best recall is that NAFTA was signed and ratified early in Bill's presidency. And as recently as last year, during Hillary's presidential campaign, Bill was still promoting yet another (to US workers) grossly unfair trade treaty — with Chile (yet another rightwing dictatorship that denies its workers human rights and more than subsistence wages), to in effect coerce US workers to further bid down (to bare subsistence level) the value of their labor. Is this representing US economic interests? NO. Yet “none dare call it treason.” Like Bill's past promotion of a trade treaty with Singapore (home of “the Singapore solution” of caning minor lawbreakers, whereas our US Constitution forbids “cruel and unusual punishment”), grossly unfair (and treacherous) to US workers. For decades, our political “representatives” have ceased to represent the US labor's economic interests. (Even Hillary, in 1980s-1990s a director of WalMart, presided over that company's tsunami import of Chinese goods fraudulently labeled Made in USA. And after documentaries have shown how WalMart's cutthroat pricing — enabled by paying but subsistence wages to child workers in Asia — has systematically forced all its rival US retailers to do same.) We're speeding back to fascist feudalism, pure plutocracy. With the advice and consent of both parties. The once US middleclass has long lacked any political representative truly an honest steward of their vital economic interests. And the USA, without a manufacturing base or middleclass, in future will cease to be able to defend itself from foreign aggressors, much less continue to play Cop or Santa Clause to the world.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

There are a lot of steps that unanimous consent bypasses. This is the best route to take if it’s available. Where the mistake was made in this case is that it was tried unsuccessfully three times. What they should have done after the first failed attempt is to force it to the floor for a full vote. When the Dems didn’t do this, it became obvious just how timid they are.

Did you see Senate Majority Leader Sen. Reid on CSPAN-2 the other day? He was practically kowtowing to Senate Minority Leader Sen. McConnell. It was absolutely shameful. Why doesn’t Reid grow a pair!


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

Good points, true.


AustrianSchool
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

Time to live off savings, or move in with friends or family. You don't want to live in the street, believe me.


AustrianSchool
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

Collectivism is slavery.


AustrianSchool
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

We need to encourage these unemployed folks to rejoin the economy even if its at lower wages. Giving them money to idle their labor isn't going to get our country out of debt. I never want to hear this “Jobs Americans won't do” line again.


AustrianSchool
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

If you're living off welfare, should you really be asking people that are renters to help you pay your mortgage?


jh443
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

Clinton definitely took us further down the path to our own destruction. His efforts to obtaining “most favored nation” status for China being among the most egregious.

Politicians will always do whatever it takes to get campaign dollars. 40 years ago, “we the people” were represented in this arena by trade unions. If a politician wanted to get elected, he was forced to appease their goals – and in so doing, addressing our concerns.

But unions are no longer a political force. The corporate world goes unopposed. All it takes to get campaign funds now is to pass laws that increase their profits – regardless of the negative impact they have on this country. If they had to get their donations from the UAW, Steelworkers, et al, NAFTA never would have seen the light of day – and neither would anything even remotely similar to it.


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

“Encourage . . . to rejoin”? Rip van Winkle, snap out of your smug coma; check your facts. US labor statistics have long reported that there is now ONE job for every SIX applicants. Most jobless have SUPERapplied for myriad jobs, most out of their fomer fields of expertise, and at far less than their former pay.
You're imagining reality, not seeing it truly.

(Let me guess; you were BORN into the upper-middle or upper class; i.e., BORN on HOME PLATE, yet are deluded that you hit a homer! Wall Street is parasitic on Main Street; so beware the adage, When the host dies, the parasite dies soon after. Your own house of cards (absent our politicians' return to representing the economic interests of all Americans, not just the business elite) will collapse like the cheap Pharaohic Ponzi scheme it likely is. Or are you a citizen of Austria? And thus responsible for genociding and ruining Europe in WW2, which was only rebuilt by the generosity of the US Marshall Plan? And since WW2, like Japan have shamelessly and self-indulgently enjoyed the protection of the US military, and (opposite of the trilliondollar US “defense” budget) spend ZERO on your own defense? And for your peacetime economy, enjoy the NEW INFRASTRUCTURE paid for by the USA?
If so, you remain eternally in our debt. As does China, for our military help (begun in the 1930s) to rescue it and Korea from Japan's then predations.

And “give them money to idle their labor” sounds like the classic Republican-invented FARM-OWNER SCAM of snookering the US taxpayer to SUBSIDIZE IT NOT to GROW PRODUCE, to IDLE UNPRODUCTIVELY.

And fall '08's $700+ billion BAILOUT of WALL STREET was MAIN STREET giving MEGA-MALFEASING WALL STREET BANKS and AIG mega-MONEY to REWARD CRIMINAL CONDUCT that WRECKED the US ECONOMY to VANISH US jobs and credit to the average American.


Conservative895
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

Thank you Mitch McConnell. You are a great Senator. Keep delaying this wefare entitlement as long as you can.

Johnson


AustrianSchool
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

Hey chill out Julie, I'm with you on a lot of your points.

You're right, after WW2, many of these countries have been able to save on their own defense and put their resources towards more useful economic activities, its time for them to stand up as we stand down.

You're also right, we never should have bailed out Wall Street. This was the time for new businesses to have a chance to grow without having to live in the shade of these behemoths.

There are likely 6 applicants for every job, but every applicant has also applied to approximately 6 other jobs so if he were to accept one of them, he's effectively be withdrawn for contention for the 5 others.

With lower labor costs, economic activities long considered non-viable in this country will once again be able to turn a profit. This creates jobs and reduces the cost of living for everyone.

With the exception of one very famous Austrian, the guy with a funny little mustache, I don't think Austria was responsible for all that much.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

jh443, at http://www.freerepublic.com I just verified that it was Bill Clinton (not Dubya’s dad) who in Dec. 1993 signed NAFTA into law; it became effective 1994. President Geo-Herb had in ’88 signed a prior free-trade treaty with Canada, perhaps also called NAFTA, but prior to Clinton’ ’93 adding Mexico to the treaty. (So, we’re both right.)

One horrific provision of the ’93 NAFTA was its Chapter 11, which (as a Bill Moyers show showed) gives any of the signatory nations (e.g., Canada) the right to strike down as unforceable and sue as hostile to free trade among the NAFTA nations, any native law of any of the three nations that menaces its doing business and profiting in that nation: e.g., California’s anti- noxious emissions law; challenged in court under NAFTA by a Canadian oil company that wanted to sell toxic oil in California. The Canadian company was awarded huge damages, and California penalized for having eco-protective laws, now unenforceable. Under the NAFTA chapter 11 (il)logic and bad ethics, if a NAFTA nation (e.g., USA) has a law against drug peddling, then another NAFTA nation (hypothetically, Mexico) who loses profits by not being able to sell drugs in USA, instead of being criminally prosecuted for doing so (as in the past Mexican marijuana and cocaine, etc. smugglers have been), chapter 11 would penalize the USA for having anti-drug laws: Mexico could sue the USA to overturn the USA’s anti-drug laws, and for Mexico’s loss of profits from such US anti-drug laws. One could extend this NAFTA “logic” to the trans-border sale of guns, human slaves, ad inf.

Below fyi are sample posts from a http://www.FreeRepublic.com blog on Clinton’s signing NAFTA:

President Clinton signs the agreement
[photo of same]

Trade pact signed by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in 1992 [perhaps by elder Pres. Bush in January, pre- Clinton inauguration], which took effect in 1994. Inspired by the success of the European Community in reducing trade barriers among its members, NAFTA created the world’s largest free-trade area. It basically extended to Mexico the provisions of a 1988 Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement, calling for elimination of all trade barriers over a 15-year period, granting U.S. and Canadian companies access to certain Mexican markets, and incorporating agreements on labour and the environment.
– Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 7:07:18 AM by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
I wonder if anyone has a voting record on NAFTA I wonder if Dorgan -D ND voted yes on it.

Dorgan is the author of “Take This Job and Ship It”

I remember thinking at least Clinton would kill NAFTA but no it flew through a Dem congress and he signed it.

Amazing.
——————————————————————————–
To: yankeedame
Headline says signed by Clinton in 93. First line of story says signed by US in 92.

This inconsistency is consistent with the confusion that is NAFTA. The concept of NAFTA was originally “free trade”. But after labor unions, corporations, environmentalists and dozens of other special interests and campaign contributors in all three countries were done, there was nothing left in it that was “free trade” except the name.

It became “managed trade”. For example, the Democrat Senators from WA, MT, SD, MN and led by ND created a very expensive process for Canada to ship its vast energy resources to the USA. This hurt both Canada and the USA when the free market would have been in the best interest of both countries. But it served the special interests of those Senators along the Canadian border and their campaign contributors.

Numerous other examples exist. It is understandable that NAFTA critics on the left would not understand the realities of economics. But it is frustrating that NAFTA critics on the right accept the mislabeling of this managed trade agreement and unfairly malign it for the wrong reasons.

3 posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 by spintreebob (W)
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To: yankeedame
I always find myself reminding people that Bill Clinton WAS the president who signed NAFTA into law when the discussion of my area’s extremely high unemployment rate and gutted work force comes up in conversation. Not that the Republicans are without fault, but people fail to realize that it was a two-party sellout.
– Posted by KoRn
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posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 yankeedame
——————————————————————————–
To: KoRn
The OBL is bipartisan, as are the globalists who wish to see a New World Order, including the Bushes and the Clintons.

Their agenda will destroy this country as we know it.
——————————————————————————–

Jh443, and so they have, and continue to do.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

jh443, at http://www.freerepublic.com I just verified that it was Bill Clinton (not Dubya’s dad) who in Dec. 1993 signed NAFTA into law; it became effective 1994. President Geo-Herb had in ’88 signed a prior free-trade treaty with Canada, perhaps also called NAFTA, but prior to Clinton’ ’93 adding Mexico to the treaty. (So, we’re both right.)

One horrific provision of the ’93 NAFTA was its Chapter 11, which (as a Bill Moyers show showed) gives any of the signatory nations (e.g., Canada) the right to strike down as unforceable and sue as hostile to free trade among the NAFTA nations, any native law of any of the three nations that menaces its doing business and profiting in that nation: e.g., California’s anti- noxious emissions law; challenged in court under NAFTA by a Canadian oil company that wanted to sell toxic oil in California. The Canadian company was awarded huge damages, and California penalized for having eco-protective laws, now unenforceable. Under the NAFTA chapter 11 (il)logic and bad ethics, if a NAFTA nation (e.g., USA) has a law against drug peddling, then another NAFTA nation (hypothetically, Mexico) who loses profits by not being able to sell drugs in USA, instead of being criminally prosecuted for doing so (as in the past Mexican marijuana and cocaine, etc. smugglers have been), chapter 11 would penalize the USA for having anti-drug laws: Mexico could sue the USA to overturn the USA’s anti-drug laws, and for Mexico’s loss of profits from such US anti-drug laws. One could extend this NAFTA “logic” to the trans-border sale of guns, human slaves, ad inf.

Below fyi are sample posts from a http://www.FreeRepublic.com blog on Clinton’s signing NAFTA:

President Clinton signs the agreement
[photo of same]

Trade pact signed by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in 1992 [perhaps by elder Pres. Bush in January, pre- Clinton inauguration], which took effect in 1994. Inspired by the success of the European Community in reducing trade barriers among its members, NAFTA created the world’s largest free-trade area. It basically extended to Mexico the provisions of a 1988 Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement, calling for elimination of all trade barriers over a 15-year period, granting U.S. and Canadian companies access to certain Mexican markets, and incorporating agreements on labour and the environment.
– Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 7:07:18 AM by yankeedame
——————————————————————————–
To: yankeedame
I wonder if anyone has a voting record on NAFTA I wonder if Dorgan -D ND voted yes on it.

Dorgan is the author of “Take This Job and Ship It”

I remember thinking at least Clinton would kill NAFTA but no it flew through a Dem congress and he signed it.

Amazing.
——————————————————————————–
To: yankeedame
Headline says signed by Clinton in 93. First line of story says signed by US in 92.

This inconsistency is consistent with the confusion that is NAFTA. The concept of NAFTA was originally “free trade”. But after labor unions, corporations, environmentalists and dozens of other special interests and campaign contributors in all three countries were done, there was nothing left in it that was “free trade” except the name.

It became “managed trade”. For example, the Democrat Senators from WA, MT, SD, MN and led by ND created a very expensive process for Canada to ship its vast energy resources to the USA. This hurt both Canada and the USA when the free market would have been in the best interest of both countries. But it served the special interests of those Senators along the Canadian border and their campaign contributors.

Numerous other examples exist. It is understandable that NAFTA critics on the left would not understand the realities of economics. But it is frustrating that NAFTA critics on the right accept the mislabeling of this managed trade agreement and unfairly malign it for the wrong reasons.

3 posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 by spintreebob (W)
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To: yankeedame
I always find myself reminding people that Bill Clinton WAS the president who signed NAFTA into law when the discussion of my area’s extremely high unemployment rate and gutted work force comes up in conversation. Not that the Republicans are without fault, but people fail to realize that it was a two-party sellout.
– Posted by KoRn
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posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 yankeedame
——————————————————————————–
To: KoRn
The OBL is bipartisan, as are the globalists who wish to see a New World Order, including the Bushes and the Clintons.

Their agenda will destroy this country as we know it.
——————————————————————————–

Jh443, and so they have, and continue to do.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

From
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1991 between the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation’s legislative or parliamentary branch.


Anonymous
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

From
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1991 between the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation’s legislative or parliamentary branch.


bonnie462
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 6:00 am

Republicans across the country, in State Legislatures, as Governors…any possible position of elected importance have vowed to say no to the Stimulus Funding and anything else that is good for Americans…which is why the economy is recovering so slowly!!!

In Florida, when Charlie Crist welcomed Obama at a Stimulus Rally, he signed his “death warrant” for the rest of his political career. Crist, a Republican, wanted the money to help Florida who was suffering from loss of jobs, loss of tourists, loss of people (fleeing by the thousands, loss of homeowners ability to refinance or modify loans, thousands of foreclosures, millions suffering while running out of unemployment! Republicans majority in the Florida State Legislature voting NO…TO EXTENTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND ADDITIONAL FOOD STAMP MONEY…BUT SAID YES FOR MONEY FOR BIG CORPORATIONS…You know the ones that give BIG RE-ELECTION DONATIONS?

Crist, a decent fellow, although married, has Republicans trying to say that he is GAY…and put a good looking Republican Cuban-American to run against him as he tries to run for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Martinez! The Republicans are throwing money at Rubio, the Republican backed contendor knowing full well that there is a large Hispanic population in Florida!

So, even Olympia Snow and Susan Collins, both Republican…who actually are moderates…will be fearful of the threat to do the same to them if they vote for HealthCare Reform!!! Senator Lieberman, first a Democrat in Connecticut, now an Independent, and good buddy to McCain, plans on running as a Republican now! He's always on the side of whichever way the wind is blowing!

THIS BEHAVIOR…IS THE TYPICAL REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK! SEARCH AND DESTROY! THEY SEARCH FOR AN ISSUE AND DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DESTROY IT!

The Republican party is not thinking of anybody else but themselves. They are having the ultimate “temper tantrum” since they can't rule the roost, then we will do what we can to destroy us, the American Taxpayer! They did this to President Carter, to President Clinton, and now are doing everything in their power to do the same to President Obama. When a Democratic President comes in and cleans up the mess of the Republicans, then the economy is great…people have homes and jobs!!!

However, one day it occurred to me…I got hired under Anti-Recession Funds in the 1970's when Nixon caused a recession…this happened after President Nixon left office, there were no jobs so the Federal Government set up funding to assist General Motors, which was in a ditch then too! Then, I was a Director of a Social Service Program in the 1980's after Reagan left office and we had the Savings and Loan Crisis with foreclosures everywhere and the homeless were everywhere…living under bridges and in parks…Commercial Real Estate had whole Strip Malls empty street after street! Now, after another Republican President…Another Banking Disaster due to no controls…another foreclosure crisis, more homeless and unemployed and on and on!

Were you aware that the Bush Administration borrowed Billions from each of 12 yes, twelve Foreign Countries! Did you know that the Bush Administration in the eight years he was in power, siphoned over $2.2 TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND ALONE!!! That doesn't count the Trillions of dollars taken from THE MILITARY RETIREMENT TRUST FUND, THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT TRUST FUND, THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT TRUST FUND, THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HOSPITALIZATION TRUST FUND, ALL OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN TRUST FUNDS….AND MORE!

ADDITIONALLY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ROBBED THE LAND-LEASE PROGRAMS FOR THE AMERICAN INDIANS…THAT GIVES THEM MONEY FOR LEASING THEIR LANDS, MINERALS FOUND ON THEIR LANDS, TREES AND OTHER RESOURCES…YES…ROBBED THEM BLIND AND ALLOWED OTHER CORPORATIONS LEASING FROM THE INDIANS TO GET AWAY WITH HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!! THE TRIBES GOT ONLY $200,000 THE LAST EIGHT YEARS…and were told they better like it!

The Democrats tried since 2006, when they became the majority in the House of Congress and the Senate…to pass bills, but Bush Vetoed every one of them!

Now the REPUBLICANS VOTE “NO” TO EVERYTHING…NO MATTER WHAT IT IS…WHO IT WILL BENEFIT OR HURT…OR WHAT IT WILL COST OR SAVE! JUST NO! It is amazing to watch C-Span and see the votes come and go with the “NO” VOTERS BEING ALL REPUBLICANS!

THEY WANT THE STIMULUS TO FAIL, THEY WANT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FAIL, THEY WANT ALL DEMOCRATIC SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN TO FAIL!!! THEY LIE AND MANIPULATE EVEN THE SMALLEST ISSUES INO ORDER TO MAKE THEIR OPPONENTS LOOK BADLY! TO ME, IT LOOKS AS IF THEY WANT AMERICA TO FAIL!!!

THIS WAY, IN 2010 AND 2012, WHEN THERE ARE ELECTIONS, THE REPUBLICANS CAN SAY…SEE THEY DID NOTHING!!! NO MATTER HOW HARD DEMOCRATS TRY, NO MATTER HOW GOOD-HEARTED THEY ARE TOWARDS ALL AMERICANS, NO MATTER HOW IT WILL BENEFIT THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE…REPUBLICANS ARE ALL ABOUT WINNING AND GAINING SEATS IN CONGRESS AND THE SENATE!!!

WHY NOT…IT WORKED IN 1996 AFTER THEY WORKED SO HARD TO DESTROY CLINTON AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY THEN!!!

DON'T BE FOOLED AMERICA…THEY DON'T CARE A THING ABOUT US, THE CITIZENS…THE REPUBLICANS ONLY CARE ABOUT WHO THEY CAN GET INTO OFFICE AND HOW MUCH INFLUENCE AND MONEY THEY CAN GAIN FROM CORPORATE AMERICA!!!

DON'T FORGET THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION GAVE “TAX INCENTIVES” (Tax Breaks) TO CORPORATE AMERICA TO GO ABROAD AND “GLOBALIZE” IN 2000 AND THEN CORPORATE AMERICA RAN BY THE THOUSANDS… LIKE THIEVES IN THE NIGHT TO CHINA, INDIA, AND OTHER COUNTRIES…MOVING OUR INDUSTRIES THAT WE SPENT 200 YEARS TO BUILD UP…SENT OVERSEAS TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO PROFIT!!!

THEY ALSO OUT-SOURCES MILLIONS OF JOBS OVERSEAS…SOME AMERICANS HAD TO TRAIN THEIR FOREIGN COUNTER-PART TO DO THEIR JOBS!!! THEN AMERICANS HAD TO GO ON UNEMPLOYMENT, WHILE THE CHINESE AND INDIANS BUILT THEIR ECONOMIES AND THEIR MILITARIES!

THEN THE CORPORATION PUT THEIR PROFITS IN OVERSEAS BANKS AND OFF-SHORE ACCOUNTS SO THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAX IN AMERICA. THE RICH USE TAX LOOPHOLES, DEVELOPED BY THE REPUBLICANS, TO PAY ALMOST NOTHING, IF ANYTHING TO IRS!

WE ARE THE SLUMPS THAT WORK LIKE DOGS FOR A FEW DOLLARS AND CAN'T EVEN MAKE ENDS MEET…WE ARE THE ONES WHOSE MONEY PAID FOR THE IRAQ WAR…A WAR OF NO REASON, WHOSE MONEY PAID FOR AFGHANISTAN…AND THEN WHEN IN THE GRASPS OF SUCCESS…THEY MOVED OVER TO IRAQ! NOT FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND SADDAM WAS NOT INVOLVED WITH 9/11…BUT FOR THE OIL, FOR THE MONEY CORPORATIONS COULD MAKE FROM PRODUCING PLANES, GUNS, AMUNITION, UNIFORMS, FOOD, WATER, TOILETS, BUNKS, ETC FOR ALL OF THE SOLDIERS!!! ONCE AGAIN CORPORATE AMERICA…DID THE REPUBLICAN OWNED AND SUPPORTED MEDIA OPEN THEIR MOUTHS OR USE THEIR PENS BACK THEN??? NO NOT A WORD!

HOWEVER, AFTER ONLY NINE MONTHS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE…AND SINCE THE DAY HE TOOK OFFICE…THEY HAVE BEEN BLAMING HIM FOR EVERYTHING!!!

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HIT AMERICA! THEY ARE SOCIOPATHS LOOKING TO SUCH THE MIDDLE-CLASS DRY OF EVERY PENNY WE HAVE, EVERY DREAM WE HAD, AND EVERY HOPE THAT WE HAVE NOW!!!

THEY ARE THE WORST GROUP SINCE I WAS BORN IN 1950! NOW DURING THE WORST CRISIS SINCE THE DEPRESSION…THEY ARE SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING TO HELP MIDDLE AMERICA AND THE POORER OF US! THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF SOCIAL SECURITY RUNNING DRY, NO JOBS, THE HIGH COST OF FOOD (THEY PAY TRILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES TO LARGE FOOD CONGLOMERATES TO NOT GROW FOOD TO KEEP PRICES HIGH), THE TOXINS IN THE AIR, WATER, AND FOOD THAT MAKE US SICK, THE HIGH COST OF HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE AND EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA…AND IF THEY COULD HAVE SOLD OFF ANY MORE OF AMERICA TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES…WE WOULDN'T HAVE CONTROL OF OUR PORTS, OUR TOLL ROADS, OUR AIRPORTS, OR MORE!

THEY HAVE LITERALLY SOLD US DOWN THE RIVER AS THEY SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL FOR POWER AND GREED!!!

WAKE UP AMERICA….CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS AND PUT THE YES BACK INTO A VOTE FOR AMERICA AND ITS CITIZENS!!!
DON'T BE SUCKED IN BY THEIR LIES AND MANIPULATIONS AND THE ONES THAT THEY PAY TO SPEW THIS GARBAGE!!! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN…SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE NEGATIVES AND TELL THEM WE WANT WHAT WE DESERVE…TELL THEM THAT THEY WORK FOR US…NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!! SPEAK NOW…OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!

MAKE THEM SPEND A FEW DOLLARS ON US FOR HEALTHCARE…THE WORKING POOR, THE MIDDLE-CLASS, NO VACATION, CAN'T AFFORD TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE, THE LOOSING THEIR HOUSES AFTER YEARS OF BACK-BREAKING WORK TO BUY IT, THE JUST WANT TO RETIRE IN PEACE AMERICANS!!!

DON'T STAND BACK…AND DO NOTHING….STAND UP AND TAKE AMERICA BACK FOR US…THE ONES WHO MADE IT WHAT IT IS TODAY!!! CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS AND TELL THEM YOU WANT BANKS TO HELP US KEEP OUR HOMES, TELL THEM THAT YOU WANT JOBS AND INDUSTRY BROUGHT BACK TO AMERICA…THE HECK WITH THEIR STOCK OPTIONS AND RE-ELECTION COFFERS…TELL THEM YOU WANT YOUR AMERICA BACK…AND TO STOP THE CRAP AND GARBAGE THAT EMINATES FROM EVERY REPUBLICAN SPONSORED TELEVISION AND RADIO STATION!!!

AMERICA, AMERICA GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE…AND CROWN THEY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD….FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA!!!


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trey246
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

HANG THE BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Conservative895
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

You sound like a real intellect and definitely in need of a job. I'm sure the lettuce fields or the golden arches could probably accommodate that need. But, I think you are probably waiting for a free entitlement program to take care of your lazy derriere. If you want to know the meaning of bastard, look in the mirror. Lots of love, Johnson, Go GOP


trey246
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

You sound like you've already received your bailout douche bag.

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Conservative895
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

You bet, it's called working hard and having a pension that will last.
Something you wouldn't understand. You better get back to your trailer, Springer is on. Have a wonderful, blissful, gay day. Hugs, Johnson, Mitch McConnell is looking quite dapper this morning.


Conservative895
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

This is a prime example of a person that is spending very little time looking for employment. Step away from that keyboard and get a job. No more entitlement programs. GO GOP. MITCH MCCONNELL IS LOOKING QUITE DAPPER THIS MORNING. GOD BLESS AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST.

JOHNSON


trey246
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

Dude sorry you're scared of fags. Probably because you don't get much pussy
that you don't have to pay for. PENSION?? Sounds like gawt yawlself a
gubment job. 401K? Bankers and Wall Street pussies ate those up. Go suck
on Mommy and Daddy's tit some more. Try hugging the end of a shotgun
coward.


bonnie462
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

First of all, how dare you judge me! Remember the Bible: “Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged”!!!

The unfortunate reason that I have time to care enough to read and watch what is REALLY going on is that in 2000, I was hit by a young man in a huge truck who demolished my body and made mince-meat out of my face!
I don't go out too much as a result!

Second, when the young man (19 at the time of the accident) found out that I was going to sue him in order to afford the eight surgeries that I required for my body…and God knows how many for my jaw, my teeth replacement, and my face…he then joined the military.

His luck was that you can file a law suit in America, but cannot pursue
litigation against active Military Personnel during war time. At the time of filing, we were only at war with Afghanistan. He did not get out until 2008…and as yet, I have not received one penny to help me physically repair myself! It was great that he joined as his first words after the accident were, “My father called me on Sunday and asked me if I had any accidents yet?” He was here in Florida from Massachusettes and evidently had a past bad driving record!

I LOVE OUR TROOPS, BY THE WAY…Before you jump down my throat on this issue…My Family Military Tree: My Grandfather, WWI Veteran, Army; My Father, WWII Veteran, Navy; My Uncle, Korean War Veteran, Army, Another Uncle, Korean War, Air Force…and an Aeronautical Engineer from Georgia Tech and one of the first Engineers at N.A.S.A. and worked on first flights into space at Cape Canaveral; My Brother, Vietnam and Cambodia War Veteran, Army; My Cousin, Active Duty in Iraq, Presently, Marines; My Son, R.O.T.C., Air Force in High School; My other Cousin, his brother, signed and ready to go into boot camp in June 2010, Army!

Back to why I have so much time on the keyboard….and not looking for a job…that I wish that I could do: I almost died from some of the injuries that included my liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas…and ended up with Parkinson-like tremors, Cataracts (at 49), and memory loss and tons more. However, after 9.5 years of lying in bed feeling sorry for myself and trying to find some good that came of this horrible incident….I decided to occupy myself with researching some items of interest that led me to the truth…the truth that I did not really want to know…but as they say…”The Truth Shall Set You Free!”

BY THE WAY, THANK GOD FOR THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND AS ALL OF THE MONEY THAT I PUT IN SINCE I WAS WORKING AT 16 YEARS OF AGE HELPED ME SURVIVE…WITH SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INCOME AND MEDICARE! I HAD DIVORCED MY CHEATING HUSBAND YEARS AGO AND A YOUNG SON JUST STARTING OUT IN THE WORKING WORLD…WHO COULD NOT HELP ME! SO MUCH FOR YOUR OPINION ABOUT “ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS”!!!

YOU WORK FOR GOVERNMENT BENEFITS… ALL OF YOUR LIFE! IT IS NOT A FREE HAND OUT YOU IGNORANT DOLT! ONE BAD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER!

I haven't given you the full picture of all of my injuries (unfixed as yet) because it might cause you to up-choke! However, in sparing you, I say to you…How Dare You Judge Me…because I have an educated opinion? In America, as I recall…you are allowed to have an opinion…even one as ignorant as yours! My question to you…Johnson…is…DO WE JUDGE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS BY THEIR LOOKS…OR BY THEIR INTEGRITY??? I HAVE HEARD THE LIES OUT OF Mitch McConnell's MOUTH AND WHAT I HEARD WAS HATEFUL LIES…SAD TO SAY!

If YOU are saying, “GOD BLESS AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST”…..They are two separate phrases…,but part of TRUSTING AMERICA…IS BEING ALLOWED TO HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION…IT ISN'T AS THE REPUBLICANS THINK…”MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY”…IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE “ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE”!!!

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER…JOHNSON….WETHER OR NOT YOU KNOW IT OR NOT…THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US, AS AMERICAN CITIZENS…. AND COMMUNIST COUNTRIES…THAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO CARE ABOUT OUR FELLOW AMERICANS!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL THE MONEY THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SPENT OF OUR RETIREMENT MONEY…$2.2 TRILLION FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND ALONE…NOT INCLUDING ALL OF THE OTHER RETIREMENT TRUST FUNDS….WAS MONEY THAT ALL OF US “BABY-BOOMERS” EARNED AS THE LARGEST GENERATION FOR OUR FIFTY WORKING YEARS!!!

IF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HADN'T OUTSOURCED BETWEEN 300,000 AND 400,000 JOBS JUST IN COMPUTER-ORIENTED JOBS ALONE IN 2003 TO INDIA, AND CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRIES! The much cited Forrester Report of November 2002 projected that 3.3 million jobs would be outsourced from 2000 through 2015, or about 220,000 JOBS A YEAR!!! (More than half of those would be call-center type jobs, and only one out of six would be whitecollar IT jobs.) under the LAWS SIGNED INTO EFFECT BY GEORGE W. BUSH!!!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST…THIS YOUNG MAN THAT CAUSED THE ACCIDENT…THE DAY BEFORE I WAS TO OPEN ONE OF MY TWO BUSINESSES! I WAS AT THE BANK GETTING MONEY FOR THE CASH REGISTER! I COULDN'T EVEN GO TO THE GRAND OPENING NOR GO TO WORK THERE EVER! THE PEOPLE I HIRED STOLE ME BLIND, AND I HAD TO GIVE IT AWAY…LITERALLY. ADDITIONALLY, DUE TO ALL OF THE INJURIES, I COULDN'T DO MY FIRST JOB EITHER.

SO LIFE HAS BEEN A LIVING HELL…BUT NOTHING IS AS BAD AS WHEN I READ SOCIOPATHIC RESPONSES TO THE FACTUAL STATED COMMENTS ,THAT WERE MADE BY ME, A VERY RELIGIOUS AND PATRIOTIC AMERICAN WHO HAS HELPED THOUSANDS, OVER THE YEARS, WHO WERE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK DUE TO REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS AND OTHER REPUBLICAN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO GOVERNMENT.

THE REPUBLICANS WHOSE WHOLE THEME IS TO KEEP PEOPLE DOWN…UNDER-EDUCATED, UNDER-EMPLOYED, NEVER TO ENJOY ANY PART OF AN AMERICAN DREAM…..SO THAT THEIR KIDS AND BUDDY'S KIDS CAN GO TO HARVARD AND CONTINUE TO RULE “THE UNDER-CLASSES”…OF WHICH YOU, JOHNSON, ARE AN OBVIOUS MEMBER OF THE “UNDER-EDUCATED” AND INDOCTRINATED… JUST BY THE IDIOTIC AND RIDICULOUS, UNCARING, AND UNFEELING COMMENT THAT YOU SO CAVALIERLY MADE ABOUT ME!!!

SO JOHNSON, I HOPE THAT YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY WHEN THE TABLES TURN ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY …BECAUSE IT IS WELL- KNOWN THAT “WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND”!

I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A FAMOUS QUOTE. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL GET THE “DRIFT”…BUT PERHAPS YOU WON'T SINCE YOUR MIND BLOCKS OUT REALITY!

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

SORRY…NOW JOHNSON, I HAVE TO GRAB MY CANE (AGE 59 NOW) AND TRY TO MAKE IT BACK TO BED…AS I HAVE GONE OVER MY USUAL 20 MINUTE CAPABILITY TO SIT UP AND BATTLE THE IDIOTS OF THE WORLD…LIKE YOU!!!


Conservative895
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

And your point is?


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bonnie462
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

Matthew 5:3-12 – The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

PLEASE DON'T COMMENT AGAIN…AS I WILL NOT RESPOND TO INSULTS NOR INSANITY!


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Conservative895
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 1:43 am

Well said. Thanks


bonnie462
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 2:46 am

Republicans across the country, in State Legislatures, as Governors…any possible position of elected importance have vowed to say no to the Stimulus Funding and anything else that is good for Americans…which is why the economy is recovering so slowly!!! More than 75 percent of the money set aside to “Stimulate” the economy, help people with jobs and more…is sitting at the Federal Reserve because of Republicans using their “Play Book” to not help anyone but their Corporate Buddies get money!!! The hell with Main Street America…they forget that the money that pays their salary is from us, the taxpayer…but it isn't enough to help their re-election coffers!!!

In Florida, when Charlie Crist welcomed Obama at a Stimulus Rally, he signed his “death warrant” for the rest of his political career. Crist, a Republican, wanted the money to help Florida who was suffering from loss of jobs, loss of tourists, loss of people (fleeing by the thousands, loss of homeowners ability to refinance or modify loans, thousands of foreclosures, millions suffering while running out of unemployment! Republicans majority in the Florida State Legislature voting NO…TO EXTENTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND ADDITIONAL FOOD STAMP MONEY…BUT SAID YES FOR MONEY FOR BIG CORPORATIONS…You know the ones that give BIG RE-ELECTION DONATIONS?

Additionally, money has been set aside for mortgage assistance programs however, the banks are the ones holding up the process. It is easier for them to foreclose on the homes then to process new loans and watch over them for 30 years!!! They are trying to get rid of their “toxic investments” …not the hedge funds and derivitives…but the sub-prime mortgages!!! How's that for giving a damn about the people whose tax money has helped to bail them out!

This effect Republican middle-class and poor, just as much as Democrats…but the Republicans don't care! This is war for getting back their control of Congress, the Senate, and in 2012, the White House!!!

By then, how many people will have died from having no access to healthcare? By then, how many people will have lost their homes and are living in parks and in shelters? By then, how many children, who have been displaced from their homes, their friends, and their schools, will have deep psychological problems due to the disgrace and insecurities this whole mess has caused them?

REPUBLICANS DON'T CARE…AND ALL OF THE GOOD WORK THAT THE DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH GO OUT THE WINDOW BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS, WHEN THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY IN STATE LEGISLATURES, SUCH AS FLORIDA…VOTE TO NOT TAKE THE STIMULUS MONEY!!! EVERY BILL THAT THE DEMOCRATS, WHO WERE IN THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS AND THE HOUSE SINCE 2006, TRIED TO PASS FROM 2006 TO 2009, WERE VETOED BY GEORGE W. BUSH!

HOW CAN REPUBLICANS LIVE WITH THEMSELVES? HOW CAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THE CONSTANT LIES AND MANIPULATIONS OF FOXNEWS, GLENN BECK, RUSH LIMBAUGH AND MORE!!! WHAT WOULD YOU DO OR SAY FOR A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY??? WELL, GLENN BECK AND RUSH LIMBAUGH MAKE BETWEEN $35 MILLION AND $50 MILLION TO SPEW THEIR LIES AND CREATE THE TALES OF CRAZINESS!!! WHY…BECAUSE THE OWNERS OF THE PEOPLE WHO OWN FOXNEWS AND PREMIER, WHO PAYS THESE OTHER TWO DRUG ADDICTS…WILL HAVE TO START PAYING TAXES ON THEIR BILLIONS AND SHOW WHERE THEY'VE HID THEIR MONEY!!!

THEY WANT CONTROL…AND THEY WANT IT NOW..AND THEY WILL DO ANYTHING, AT ANY TIME, IN ANY WAY….TO GET IT! DAMN THOSE WHO GET IN THEIR WAY…WE, THE TAXPAYERS, ARE DISPENSABLE IN THEIR EYES…WE ARE ONLY A MEANS TO AN END TO GET THEIR WAY…IF THEY CONVINCE ENOUGH OF US OF THEIR LIES…THEN THEY WIN!!!

“The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. Especially if it is repeated over and over.”
~ Adolph Hitler

I REST MY CASE!!!


JudgeJulieLit
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 2:59 am

Conservative895, what ideology do you seek to conserve? Eternal Reagan-Bush quackery: empirically confuted voodoo-economic Trickle-Up-and-Out anarchic robberbaron-spree deregulomania, Madoffism? Clearly you never read, understood or applied a word of Christianity. You are “hollow as tinkling brass” (Luke); a vain, empty, shallow, callow, glib, callous, solipsistic nowhere-man pod-person android Bad Samaritan. May somebody drop a truck on you.


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Conservative895
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

Oh Boy, Time for another episode of Judge Joe or the funny court. Try eating more of the olives and drinking less alcohol. Bla bla bla bla. You need to judge my Johnson.
Now go do your ostrich routine. Big Daddy


rosawilliams
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

This shit has mad me so mad I want to shoot both parties. I really feel like murdering these motherfuckers!!! They r playing games with our lives!! someone please shoot one of these fuckers, I bet they would move their asses then!!


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alexives
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

Interested in how quickly pay raises were voted for incumbents and staffers while this outrage waltzed on. Any answers?


rosawilliams
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

This shit has mad me so mad I want to shoot both parties. I really feel like murdering these motherfuckers!!! They r playing games with our lives!! someone please shoot one of these fuckers, I bet they would move their asses then!!


alexives
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

Interested in how quickly pay raises were voted for incumbents and staffers while this outrage waltzed on. Any answers?


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Cutlem
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 11:16 am

Great Post! Thank You Very Much.


SICKofBSnCrime
Comment posted June 3, 2010 @ 12:46 am

Yes this infuriates me while Congress stepped out on One of their Many Vacation's as Millions of Americans have lost or will Lose their Employment Benefits that they WORKED FOR! They wonder how they will pay their mortgages, feed their kids, pay their bills and try to stay in homes they have worked all their live's for. You can bet your sweet bottom Congress who gets paid whether they are working or not { and thats a joke to begin with } who will also collect the very same Salary when they Retire are living it up at the expense of the American People who have worked for a living and paid taxes in order to collect Unemployment, Unemployment due to the sad decisions of these very Same Senators and Congressmen! We are simply Puppets In their hands.They need to put the Average Joe's in office to get this country back in order..The average American's that go to work everyday, pay bills, teach's morals to their children ,Own, homes, cars, buy insurance, buy products that keep this country going. Trying to live the Right Way and The Simple American Dream! I think these so called Senators that are supposed to be representing our best interest are nothing more then a legal criminal's..They are no better then the deadbeat's sitting on their can's collecting welfare, or sitting in prison being supported by the state, I compare them to the Lowlife's of Society that prey on the sick, elderly and Law abiding Citizen's of every community in this country. We are slowly losing every “Right” We earned, that We have worked for and deserve, The same rights that made America the Country It Was!! The Sad Part is it seems you have more rights if you are in Prison, have never worked a day in your life, collect welfare for way too long or one of the millions of immigrants that flee to this Country and are supported By United States. America will never be what it was, Because It can No Longer support the people That BUILT America. Congress has been allowed to Thumb its nose at the working Middle class people for too long, The very People who want to work and are now unemployed through no Fault of their Own but the Faults of every single Member of Congress that decided to “TAKE A BREAK” INSTEAD of Passing Emergency Benefits to those who earned them ! SHAME ON YOU..SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!


Patrinka
Comment posted June 26, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

I wish there were a way to protest where we would be taken seriously.


replica handbags
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 2:52 am

And your point is? Yep, we definitely need a more conservative government. One for all and all for one. Sounds like a religious cult. Communism, Socialism, hmmm. Hope you feel better.


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