Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rep. Davis: '…an unemployment check is in the mail'
The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2013, 11:27AM | Stephen Dinan -

Posted on 01/02/2013 1:51:27 PM PST by BenLurkin

For Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat, the "fiscal cliff" fight came down to one thing: the unemployment checks the government will still be able to send to thousands of his constituents.

"When I go to church on Sunday, I know that I will see people with the assurance that pretty soon an unemployment check is in the mail," he said.

Mr. Davis said he'd come to the floor Tuesday after speaking with two constituents who'd called his office begging him to vote against the cliff deal, which extended tax cuts for most Americans, allowed rates to rise for the wealthiest and included $330 billion in other new spending such as the expanded unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

He told those constituents the unemployment benefits were too critical to too many Illinois residents for him to vote no.

Every lawmaker brought those kinds of stories to his or her vote on Tuesday.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, New Jersey Democrat, who voted for the bill, pointed to low-income Americans who will continue to get a higher Earned Income Tax Credit from the federal government — including, he said, 563,000 New Jersey families, who will average more than $2,100 in payments.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
1 posted on 01/02/2013 1:51:36 PM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

It’s the new normal.

2 posted on 01/02/2013 2:09:41 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

It is encouraging to hear that there are still men who believe in miracles, such as the multiplication of the loaves.

For that is what it will take to keep spending money as the gov. is while the debt increases to over 17 trillion dollars,

And if his budget projections [March 19, 2012] prove accurate, the National Debt will top $20 trillion in 2016, the final year of his second term. That would mean the Debt increased by 87 percent, or $9.34 trillion, during his two terms.

And ppl receiving SNAP benefits (food stamp) increased 70% increase from 2007, and 44 percent since January 2009 (and the /USDA dedicated $5 million in 2011 to enroll more)

And Federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year, a 42 percent increase over welfare spending in 2008.

And 20% of Americans (60.8 million) depend [in part or full?] on government for their daily housing, food and health care. The rate of dependency increased 31 percent over the past eight years.

And applicants claiming disability bcz of mental illness, has jumped to 43 percent after Obama was elected,

And the number of children found to be medically eligible for SSI due to speech and language delay nearly tripled between fiscal years 2000 to 2010.

And ppl receiving disability benefits increased 53% increase from a decade ago,

And the amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments increased 32% during first three years of Mr. Obama’s Presidency.

And in 1960, 52 percent of federal spending went for defense, 26 percent for “payments for individuals.” By 2008, 61 percent consisted of “payments for individuals,” 21 percent for defense.

And between 1982 and 2003, per capita expenditure, including Federal, State, and local governments across justice functions, increased from $158 to $638, over 300%.

And expenditures for operating the Nation’s justice system increased from almost $36 billion in 1982 to over $185 billion in 2003, an increase of 418%

While 49.5% of Americans did not pay income taxes in 2009, up from 12% in the late 1960s

Stats from

3 posted on 01/02/2013 2:21:07 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Future Snake Eater
It’s the new normal.

Lifetime unemployment. What a great idea!! /s

4 posted on 01/02/2013 2:36:35 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

When the death camps were liberated at the end of WWII, the gates were opened and many of the prisoners would not leave. They had grown accustomed to their horrible existence and were, in fact, afraid to leave the death camp. The Behavioral Scientists who work for the Democrats know this. Humans are very adaptive. They will grow accustomed to a poor life. The fear of what might happen is scarier than the misery they live in. This comes to a nation of cowards who need recreational drugs to escape reality instead of fighting for their families.

5 posted on 01/02/2013 4:18:20 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson