Skip to comments.Rep. Davis: '…an unemployment check is in the mail'
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.
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It’s the new normal.
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
Lifetime unemployment. What a great idea!! /s
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.