Carte Goodwin to be Sworn In Today, Unemployment Vote Seconds Later
July 20, 2010
(ChattahBox)—West Virginia’s Carte Goodwin arrives to the rescue for the unemployed today in Washington. Tapped by Gov. Joe Manchin to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D), Goodwin at 36, will become the youngest member in the Senate. At approximately 2 p.m. this afternoon, Goodwin will be sworn in. Minutes later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring up the bill for the fourth time, to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. Goodwin will return the Democratic caucus to 59, and with the Republican votes of the Senators from Main, Snowe and Collins, the Democrats will get the needed 60 votes to break a Republican filibuster. The benefits will be applied to Americans retroactively.
Yesterday, President Obama took the Senate Republicans to task for blocking unemployment checks to millions of jobless Americans at a time of near double-digit unemployment. Obama urged Republicans to end their filibuster and “do what’s right” for Americans and stop playing politics. And during his Saturday radio address, Obama blasted the GOP for suddenly developing a concern for the deficit “on the backs of the unemployed.”
Republicans are insisting that the cost of extending unemployment benefits must be set off with cuts elsewhere, so as not to add to the deficit, despite the fact that unemployment assistance stimulates the economy and helps create jobs.
But extending tax cuts to the rich, which will greatly add to the deficit don’t have to be paid for. According to the Voodoo economics of the GOP, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans somehow pay for themselves with a sprinkling of Republican pixie dust.
The refusal to extend unemployment benefits to needy Americans at a time of high unemployment is unprecedented. Republicans are saying: Sorry you are starving and may become homeless, but we just can’t afford to help—the wealthy need our help first and if you are lucky some of their money might trickle down to you.
Fortunately, Carte Goodwin will ride in on his white horse today and save the day. And he will also give nude Cosmo model Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) some competition in the looks department.
Goodwin, former chief counsel to Gov. Manchin will remain in the Senate until a special election is held in November to elect a permanent replacement. Gov. Manchin is expected to enter the race for the seat.