The 14 Words

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Jewish way: Profit before people, cash before care

In a display of cruelty and callousness, Congressional Democrats have made clear that they intend to allow federal extended jobless benefits for over a million long-term unemployed to expire at the end of the year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the jobless benefits extension would not be voted on this year in the Senate. Instead, he claimed that the Democrats would fight for a benefits extension next year. 
“We’re going to push here after the first of the year for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance when the Senate convenes after the new year,” Reid said Wednesday.
Reid blamed “Republican obstruction” for the decision to postpone the vote in the Senate to next year. This is a lie. As the Congressional Research Service notes, 
“The Senate gives its majority leader the primary responsibility for deciding the order in which bills on the calendar should come to the floor for action.” 
As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell noted, “He’s the one in charge of the schedule.”

Instead of a vote on extended unemployment benefits, the Senate has allocated 30 hours to debate a nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court.

The elimination of unemployment benefits, which average about $300 a week, even as the Federal Reserve continues to hand tens of billions of dollars to the banks every month, and as corporate profits and the stock markets are soaring, is a clear example of the class interests defended by the entire state apparatus. Whatever the declamations of “partisan gridlock,” the Democrats and Republicans are united on the basic interests of the corporate and financial elite.

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