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.



6 Responses to “Sen. Stabenow: Republicans ‘Want This Economy to Fail’”

  1. Tim on June 24th, 2010 8:12 pm

    I finally gave in and took a low paying job this week after my benefits ended. I had a feeling that these benefits were not going to be extended anymore. I agree that many including myself (and other I know) did abuse and took these handout with no intentions of looking for a job until they ran out. Not saying 100% of the people on these extended benefits did the same but almost everyone I know were. Good luck to the rest of you and God Bless.

  2. tony on June 24th, 2010 9:39 pm

    I wish and pray evil to anyone who voted against the Jobs bill. May you all SUFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Alan on June 24th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Republicans support the upper 2% of our country and the elite of other countries. Republicans do not care who or how they hurt Americans. Democrats work for our middle class and the poor of the U.SA. God Bless the Democrats.

  4. Hilary on June 24th, 2010 11:02 pm

    Republicans want Americans to be as desperate as possible so we can be exploited as cheap labor for the corporate oligarchy. Democrats should stop “paring down” bills that Republicans aren’t going to vote for anyway.

  5. Joe on June 24th, 2010 11:41 pm

    I’m going to leave aside the fact that deficit spending is not an economic cure-all. I’ll just address the following:

    You seem to harbor some misguided notions regarding Hoover’s spending habits, if you think it accurate to dub this “selfish neo-Hooversim [sic]”:

  6. rv on June 25th, 2010 4:31 am

    its time for civil war. it will be scary get a gun, there will be robbery,killing,not for material things, but for food, medicine, any one who cant afford anything . it is time to team up together american and fight. these gov. still go home with fat checks, big house, what do we have? hello any body there? we are there slaves! if we all stop working together and team up. and fight, stop being a coward.

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