Sen. Stabenow: Republicans ‘Want This Economy to Fail’
June 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The Republicans with the help of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NB), in a 57-41 vote, just successfully blocked the Democrats’ jobs bill, which included the extension of unemployment benefits, state aid to fund Medicaid and other services, and to keep public sector workers employed. After eight-weeks of paring down the bill to satisfy Republicans more concerned about deficit spending than job creation, every member of the Republican caucus voted to block the $30 billion measure from coming to the floor for an up-or-down vote. Millions of Americans will now lose life-saving unemployment payments. The selfish neo-Hooverism and obstructionism displayed by Senate Republicans, has led Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to conclude that the GOP WANTS the economy to fail for political gain in the November elections. The Republicans want to “take the country down with them,” said Stabenow.
What about the millions of suffering Americans? Could Republicans be so cold-hearted as to turn a blind eye to human suffering? Apparently so.
During a conference call, Stabenow lamented the mean-spirited Republican filibuster of a jobs bill, during a time of near-double-digit unemployment:
“We don’t have even one Republican willing to help us break this filibuster,” she said. “We have every anticipation that we will not have the votes. It’s become very clear that the Republicans in the Senate want this bill to fail.”
Sen. Stabenow can only conclude that Republicans are following a game plan to sink the economy even further, to gain an edge in the mid-term elections. The GOP realizes that angry and frightened voters will blame the Party in power for the failed economy:
“It’s a cynical move, because it doesn’t serve them in terms of their elections this fall. They have decided they want this economy to fail, and they’re willing to take the country down with them,” she added.
Unemployment extensions during times of recession have been historically deficit funded on an emergency basis. But suddenly Republicans have developed deficit religion. “If 15 million people without jobs isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is,” said Stabenow.
What will happen now? People will needlessly suffer, children will go hungry and state workers, such as teachers, firemen and police will lose their jobs, as governors try to balance their budgets without the expected state aid included in the killed bill.
“We desperately need to keep this economic recovery going. Unemployment benefits help people keep food on the table, and a little gas in the car to go look for work,” she said.
It’s hard to believe in today’s broken Senate, a majority vote of 57-41 can’t get a bill passed.