‘All five times Bush extended unemployment benefits, he did so with the majority of Republicans in Congress supporting him’.
‘In his December 14, 2002 weekly radio address, President George W. Bush reminded Congress that “no final bill was sent to me extending unemployment benefits for about 750,000 Americans whose benefits will expire on December 28th.”
‘He went on, “These Americans rely on their unemployment benefits to pay for the mortgage or rent, food, and other critical bills. They need our assistance in these difficult times, and we cannot let them down.”
‘What was the unemployment rate in December 2002’?
‘It had just risen to 6.0 percent’.
‘The unemployment rate today is 7.0 percent’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/5-times-george-w-bush-extended-unemployment-insurance-benefits/
WASHINGTON, DC – ‘House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the Senate vote on the extension of “emergency” unemployment insurance’.
“Far too many Americans are still unemployed in President Obama’s economy. For each of them, it’s a personal crisis that we cannot overlook. Getting these people back on their feet starts with a strong safety net – six months of unemployment benefits – that we continue to have in this country.
“One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job.”
@ : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/07/speaker-boehner-admits-lift-finger-unemployed-americans.html
Speaker Of The House John Boehner : “I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan”.
‘Senate Republicans Block Another Jobs Bill, Face Backlash From American Public’
‘The method Republicans have used to block all jobs legislation in the past two years is the same. A jobs bill comes up, it is filled with positive things for the economy, Republicans filibuster debate, this shields them from having to make floor speeches on why they don’t want tax breaks for small businesses… etc’.
‘Why? Well, if the economy recovers too strongly before an election, Republicans will lose power. If jobs numbers look too good, people will want to keep the same party. By Republicans blocking all jobs legislation and keeping jobs numbers from improving they believe this is their ticket to power’.
‘In other words, if you and other Americans suffer just long enough it will pay off for Republicans’.
@ : http://www.policymic.com/articles/11510/senate-republicans-block-another-jobs-bill-face-backlash-from-american-public
‘What would you do if you were a school principal, and you found out that students with empty lunch account balances were being shamed with a stamp on their hand, and got nothing to eat but a cheese sandwich’?
‘Worse, the food service workers had also been doing this to kids who were supposed to be getting free school lunches’.
‘When parents at the Peak to Peak charter school in Lafayette, CO complained to Principal Noelle Roni back in September, she tried to put an end to the hand-stamping’.
‘Then, in Nov. 2013, Principal Roni got fired’.
‘After two months of silence, ex-Principal Noelle Roni spoke with the Boulder Daily Camera to share her version of what had happened’.
“As soon as I saw it happening, I was like, ‘No, this is not OK,’. The students felt so humiliated, like they had done something wrong. They didn’t want to go into the lunchroom any more. It’s unethical and disrespectful.”
‘Here’s a timeline of events for the Principal’s firing’.
(1) Early Sept. — ‘Principal Roni tries to end the hand-stamping. First, Principal Noelle Roni asked the manager of food services to stop stamping the students’ hands. When the hand-stamping didn’t stop, the principal took up the issue with the school’s leadership in a meeting. The school sided with Roni, but the food services manager quit’.
(2) Sept. 19th, 2013 — ‘Principal Roni gets a nasty disciplinary letter in her file. Executive Director of Education Kelly Reeser sent Principal Roni a nasty memo that blamed her for the food services manager quitting, demanded that she “take responsibility.”
(3) November 1st, 2013 –’Principal Roni gets fired. On Nov. 1, Executive Director of Education Kelly Reeser abruptly fired Roni — even though Roni had served as principal at the school for eight years and had received good reviews for her job performance’.
‘Roni told the Boulder Daily Camera that the school offered to pay her for the rest of the year if she agreed to remain silent about what had happened’.
‘Roni refused to do so’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/07/principal-fired-hand-stamps-school-lunch/
Robbing the poor in one place to help the poor in another place.
Yes. Let’s take the funding of the individual mandate away from Obamacare, therby allowing Obamcare to collaspe and taking health care away from 15 to 30 million poor people while compassionately extending unemployment benefits for 1.3 million peopl for 90 whold days and of course compassionately refund the Veterans medical benefits.
‘On the Senate floor on Tuesday, McConnell suggested that Democrats should agree to a one-year delay in Obamacare’s individual mandate in order to offset the cost of reinstating unemployment benefits for one year’.
“I’d like to propose that… my side be allowed to offer an amendment to pay for these benefits by lifting the burden of Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year, and take care of our veterans who were harmed by the recently agreed to budget deal while we are at it, in the same amendment,” the Kentucky lawmaker said’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/07/3128111/mcconnell-obamacare-unemployment/
‘On Monday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit considered a package of harsh anti-abortion restrictions enacted in Texas over the summer’.
‘After lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights argued that the new law has left the impoverished Rio Grande Valley without any available providers, forcing women who live there to make an 300-mile round trip to Corpus Christi to get to the nearest clinic, Judge Edith Jones scoffed’.
“Do you know how long that takes in Texas at 75 miles an hour?” she asked. “This is a peculiarly flat and not congested highway.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/07/3126211/texas-judges-reproductive-rights/
‘I do not know, perhaps we need a new tag? “Shit you cannot make up.” Ladies and Gentlemen, and Esquire.com readers, let me introduce you to a fellow, the self-declared “General Goodson,” commander of the “New Confederate Army.”
‘OK, so the whole video is 13 minutes long, and I myself would not have believed that such a thing could even exist, but apparently there is a “movement.”
‘It takes a bit to watch it, of course, but seriously, this one is interesting’.
“All of our hours, waking or sleeping, are for liberating the Confederate States of America.”
From : http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/new-confederate-army-bateman-010714
‘Conspiracy theorist Jim Garrow is calling for an uprising against President Obama’.
‘He discussed his ideas in detail with Pete Santilli on Friday’s episode of The Pete Santilli Show’.
‘Dr. Garrow is calling the movement “Operation American Spring,” and he believes 30 million people are planning to show up’.
‘These people will go to Washington to demand that Obama leave the White House, and to overthrow him with any means possible if he doesn’t’.
‘Dr. Garrow says “Operation American Spring” is necessary because Obama is killing people’.
‘Dr. Garrow isn’t the most credible person out there, though’.
‘He’s also claimed that Obama’s litmus test for military commanders is whether they’ll fire on American citizens. In an interview with known conspiracy theorist and truther, Gary Franchi, Dr. Garrow said that he definitely had a source for this information, but would not reveal who it was’.
‘On the subject of Obama’s birth certificate (yes, Dr. Garrow is a birther, too), he said, “We know there’s no record there at Kapiolani Hospital.”
‘His more outlandish claims include Obama striking a deal with Iran about nukes as a way to distract from his own plans to nuke American cities’.
‘Dr. Garrow also said that Obama would try to boost his approval rankings with the claim that scientists had communicated with aliens. Not undocumented immigrants, but actual, extraterrestrial beings’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/07/right-wing-conspiracy-nut-plans-take-back-country-may/
I’m sorry. Say what?
‘In a promotional segment for his Christian conservative radio program, Right Side Radio, Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel blamed rising gun violence on a “hip-hop” culture that “values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry.”
‘The comments were featured in a teaser for the program, which McDaniel hosted from 2004 to 2007, and recently flagged by the politics blog Darkhorse Mississippi. McDaniel, a state senator who has the backing of prominent tea party and conservative groups, is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran in June’s Republican primary’.
Why America is Failing……
‘A worldwide poll asking people who they think the biggest threat to world peace is out, and the answer might be surprising to those who think the world bows down to U.S. supremacy’.
‘The World Independent Network and Gallup International conducted the poll at the end of 2013, and had more than 66,000 participants across 65 countries’.
‘It found that, worldwide, people think that the U.S. is by far the biggest threat to world peace today’.
‘We got 24% of that vote’.
‘Pakistan and China followed (distantly) with 8% and 6% of that vote, respectively’.
‘Iran, Israel, North Korea, and Afghanistan all tied at 5%’.
‘Syria got 3% and Russia got 2%’.
‘Why do people feel this way, especially when the U.S. also had the highest number of people who’d move here if they could’?
‘Perhaps it’s because we continue to try and be the world’s police. We try to achieve world peace through war, and people look at us and see a country that will do anything to start a war’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/07/us-threat-to-world-peace/