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House GOP Blocks Funding Extension of Jobless Benefits

Filed under: Economics,Government — DRJ @ 1:08 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Bloomberg-Business Week reports the House was scheduled to vote today on H.R. 5618 which would spend $33B to extend jobless benefits through November. The Washington Times reports GOP members blocked the extension, citing concern about the escalating deficit.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a Rick Santelli-style Stop Spending! trend, because it’s not helping Americans to bankrupt our nation.

[NOTE: I added “Extension” to the headline to make it more clear.]


40 Responses to “House GOP Blocks Funding Extension of Jobless Benefits”

  1. How does the minority party stop something in the House without some help from the majority party?

    JD (959071)

  2. Maybe the Dems should just state their policy publicly, for all to know. They plan on continuing to stand on the throat of the economy, so the 8th extension of umemployment benefits will be followed by many many more.

    JD (959071)

  3. The 111th House has 257 Democrats and 178 Republicans, and according to the article:

    “The measure fell short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass under the expedited rules Democrats used to bring the bill to the floor, with the final tally being 261-155.” doesn’t show the vote on H.R. 5618 yet so I don’t know if any Democrats voted with the GOP.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  4. Santelli has it right, but will he prevail?

    bill-tb (541ea9)

  5. $33,000,000,000 here, $33,000,000,000 there. Eventually that adds up to … a tiny fraction of what the Dems have done.

    JD (959071)

  6. Isn’t part of the issue also that the “stimulus money” was supposed to go for things like this, instead of where-ever it is going, under the watchful eye of VP Biden?

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  7. MD – That all went to the AFL/CIO, SEIU, Teamsters, etal.

    JD (959071)

  8. JD, the operative word in my post was “supposed”.

    Maybe Biden did keep a close eye on it after all.

    I want to know how much the New Black Panthers got, and how it got there.

    BTW, are we going to have “New” SDS, Weathermen, ACORN, etc.?? Maybe we should pro-actively take the names.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  9. I’m sure those patriotic jobless are relieved to know that.

    JEA (2083b3)

  10. try to wear clean clothes
    you don’t need a weatherman
    to know big o blows

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  11. JEA cares not for anything but bashing the GOP … even when it makes no sense at all. He ignores that the GOP offered to support a bill that redirected unspent stimulus funds to this but Democrats refused.

    If JEA had any integrity, he’d be condemning the Democrats. I shall not refrain from respiration in the meantime.

    The Democrats brag about controlling the House, Senate and White House but whine about not being able to get things accomplished. Where is the FY 2011 budget bill?

    Incompetence, that’s all the Democrats have to offer.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  12. Haiku just submit letter to editor of local paper:

    So the Democrats in Congress use the same sort of subterfuge they used with the ObamaCare legislation, in this case tacking on a $20 billion “bank tax” in the wee hours when they didn’t think anyone would notice.

    This money will not rest in an unproductive fund. Congress will invest it in unsecured U.S. government bonds, just as they do with the Social Security “trust fund”. And like the Social Security “lock box”, this one will be filled with nothing more than worthless paper. The nation’s debt can’t be paid down with a large amount of IOU’s issued by the same entity that owes the debt in the first place. These congressional clowns play a shell game using see-through shells, and fervently hope their constituency – who they plainly hold in contempt – is still incapable of finding the pea.

    The voters may not have an appreciation for all of the details around taxation, unprecedented spending and growth of government and its power, but they can certainly see the results. The Obama administration and Congressional Democrat leadership have much to fear this November.

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  13. “…under the watchful eye of VP Biden Bite Me?


    AD - RtR/OS! (f22b48)

  14. Red the lib blogs I visit and you can read all of my Dem criticisms. I’m not holding my breath either. I’m an equal-opportunity critic. But since Patterico is all about the GOP and not the Dems, that’s what my criticism is about.

    The Dems are going to make lots of hay about this. Successfully.

    JEA (2083b3)

  15. So in other words, JEA, you’re an equal opportunity troll?

    Dagwood (606ef5)

  16. Feel free to call me a troll if you want. I’ve been called worse by better than you. At the very least you could show some initiative and be original.

    JEA (2083b3)

  17. JEA, originality will have to await signs of any integrity from you.

    Respiration continues.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  18. I don’t have anything I need to prove to you or anyone else. Why don’t you prove yourself to me?

    I don’t mindlessly follow party lines like here and dailykos, who are mouthpieces for their respective parties. If you wish to be a mindless drone, by all means, go right ahead. I think for myself.

    JEA (2083b3)

  19. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    JD (945cb3)

  20. free to call him troll
    or maybe drone if you like
    just not late dinner

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  21. think jea grow
    most tdus pdq
    but maybe just me?

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  22. “I think for myself.”

    COMEDY GOLD! Thanks, JEA.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  23. Someone doth protest too much.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  24. haiku think it time
    offer JEA tantō
    commit Seppuku

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  25. If the people weren’t already clamoring for the fed to stop screwing up the recovery, I’d guess the Dems brought this to this sort of vote because they could then change the subject from Afghanistan and the Gulf Disaster.

    Regardless, it’s their congress. The own the entire federal government’s uniform level of inferiority to the 2006 Federal government.

    JEA’s right, patriotic unemployed folks should be grateful. This is good news, albeit small news, for the economy and ultimately job creation.

    We have ‘free’ money for clunkers, houses, and dishwashers. I wish we only had that kind of rebate or incentive for new jobs.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. The Dems are going to make lots of hay about this. Successfully.

    Likely, but I’m don’t think this is as certain of an outcome as it would have been a year ago.

    For one thing, Obama’s stimulus has utterly failed at creating the growth in the private sector he said it would back when the bill was passed. Instead, it was used as a slush fund for cratering state budgets and bolstered public sector employee salaries. The stimulus did nothing more than paper over these problems and a year later, the deficits still exist–as I predicted they would back when the actual spending started coming to light.

    The result? 46 out of the 50 states are fuxored.

    This is what happens when a Presidential administration completely misreads the root causes of a depression and attempts “extend and pretend” policies that attempt to pump fake liquidity into a debt crisis–when the liquidity tap dries up, the economy goes back to the same degraded state it always was underneath the spending.

    Having seen where most of the stimulus money was supposed to be allocated towards, it seems to me that Obama and his financial team honestly knew that the stimulus would be irrelevant to actually creating jobs and stabilizing the economy (and anyone who says that a 9.7% U3 after over a year and nearly $800 billion later is “stabilization” is a clown that shouldn’t be taken seriously). I think they cynically decided to make a hedge bet that this was a normal recession and was on the cusp of real recovery when they took over (the downturn having started in 2007), and when the economy did recover, they’d claim it was the stimulus bill whether it had any actual impact or not. Looks like they ended up rolling snake eyes on that bet.

    Obama tried to get cover from Europe on increasing spending, and they told him to pound sand because they are in just as bad a shape as we are. Eventually, some people in this country–even the ones whose 99 weeks are just about up–are going to wake up and realize that the money is simply not there, and crying about it won’t do a thing to change that.

    No wonder the Dems bailed on crafting a budget.

    Another Chris (121ff0)

  27. I’m sending out letters every week now to my congressman and senator ( both Democrats ) that just read – where is the FY 2011 budget?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  28. “I’m sure those patriotic jobless are relieved to know that.”

    Wait’ll they find out how every welfare state eventually winds up…

    Endless handouts to the rich and powerful.

    A rare bone tossed to the not so rich and powerful.

    Dave Surls (6f4254)

  29. If the Democrats really, really need to get this passed, they can always pay for it using unspent “stimulus” money…

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (cf2f34)

  30. Sad but necessary.

    If you’re out of work for 99 weeks, it’s time to move in with relatives.

    Patricia (160852)

  31. Well, there’s being out of a job, and then there’s being out of work.

    AD - RtR/OS! (f22b48)

  32. I’m sure those patriotic jobless are relieved to know that.

    There certainly is a streak of selfish, sloppy, greedy leftism that is fueling a lot of the unhappiness towards governments here and throughout Europe that are attempting modest reforms in do-gooder-gone-berserk socialistic policies—-“waaah! I can’t retire before age 60…waaah, I can’t retire with a pension that gives me at least 90% of my take-home pay.” Policies that have just about run their course and reached a dead end in nations like Greece and states like California.

    Ultimately, various modern Western societies may end up like a version of the city of Detroit, mixed together with a bit of Mexico, sprinkled with a dash of Greece, interspersed with a hint of Spain, and lightly dusted with the essence of Venezuela. IOW, a noticeably dysfunctional Loserville, in which a good percentage of the populace, when trying to find someone to blame, will need to look in the mirror.

    Mark (411533)

  33. Looks like a bi-partisan vote to me. Of course I am using Obama logic.

    Arizona Bob (e8af2b)

  34. Bi-partisan in its opposition …

    JD (959071)

  35. I’m unemployed and not getting any government paychecks. Just sayin’.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  36. The dirty socialists refuse to pay for their vote-buying. All they have to do is figure out a way to pay for it.

    Losers. They can’t have any sherbet.

    here is a video what has a lot of paint in it. She should put on some shoes. But then I guess they’d probably just get paint splatters.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  37. I fixed the title (again). Not my day for titles.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  38. DRJ – I did not mean to be a harpy. My apologies.

    JD (959071)

  39. JD,

    I don’t have a problem with criticism but it was a good point, and I wanted to fix the title.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  40. Just checking: Has JEA ventured any substantive opinion about the subject of this post? OR, has he merely dropped an ad hominem bomb, and then proceeded to proclaim his superiority while never really commenting on the original post itself?

    What’s that . . . the latter?


    Icy Texan (b865a5)

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