Skip to comments.MSNBC.com Whines ‘Congress Goes Home, Leaves Unemployed Behind’
Posted on 02/13/2014 4:51:07 PM PST by Kaslin
In yet another example of revisionist history, MSNBC.coms Suzy Khimm conveniently blamed the GOP for Congresss failure to extend unemployment benefits, leaving out how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has repeatedly prevented votes on GOP amendments to offset unemployment benefit spending with cuts elsewhere.
Khimm lamented how "With a major snowstorm approaching the East Coast, Congress decided on Wednesday it had some urgent business to take care of before going home for recess extending federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless didnt make the list."
Khimm continued her piece by pulling at the heartstrings of her readers before taking aim at Republicans in Congress:
For Robert Beavers, 56, that means more weeks of worrying whether his heat and lights will get cut off again. His unemployment check helped him keep the lights on since he lost his job unloading trucks at a meat factory in central Ohio. When the checks stopped coming, that kind of crippled me, said Beavers, whose car was recently repossessed.
In typical MSNBC fashion, Khimm rewrote history and blamed the GOP for unemployment benefits not being extended:
By the smallest of margins, Republicans continue to block the renewal of federal jobless aid, and theres nothing that Democrats can do until one GOP members moves over The Republican-driven deadlock has been deeply infuriating for Donald Mohr, a 61-year-old manager who worked in manufacturing for more than 40 years before being laid off.
Its just a travesty-this is not what America is supposed to be about. They [Republicans] can rest assured when it comes time to vote, theyre not going to get mine again groaned Mr. Mohr.
Khimms only evidence to support her argument were quotes from Mr. Mohr, who repeatedly slammed the GOP, and a poll from the liberal Public Policy Polling which suggested that Republicans could indeed pay a political price for opposing the extension of jobless aid.
The MSNBC reporter didnt bother to mention that in reality it was Senate Majority Leader Harry Read (D-Nev.) who had objected to GOP attempts to extend unemployment benefits provided they were paid for. According to The Hill, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wanted to offer at least two amendments that he said would help pay for the three-month extension: delaying ObamaCare's individual insurance mandate for one year and restoring a $6 billion cut in military retiree benefits.
Instead, Khimm decided to ignore the true culprit in the unemployment benefits fight, and dishonestly blamed the GOP for its demise. The article ended with a complaint that theres no sign on Capitol Hill that Republicans are worried about feeling the heat. Even if the Senate passes an extension, theres likely to be an even bigger fight in the House. And the political prospects for any action are dimming by the day."
For good measure, Khimm had to throw in a quote from Judi Conti of the liberal National Unemployment Law Project to whine that the longer this goes on, the harder it will be for sure, but no one is giving up.
“Please, sir, print me more” ...or something like that.
But Dems are also saying that not having a job = leasure
Lighten up MSNComrades. They’ll be back and the GOP will give you everything you want.
Silence is compliance and approval. That means, the REPe never mention the lost job reality, thus, since they don’t, they are ok with it. Cruz is the only one plus a handful of real conservatives (Americans, real men) who DON’T approve of this.
The government doesn’t make jobs, it breaks jobs.
Article V requires Congress to propose an appropriate amendment to the Constitution which, if the states chose to ratify such an amendment, would grant Congress the specific power that it needs to tax and spend for the unemployed.
I don’t know why these folks are complaining?
They have been freed from “job lock” to find themselves and get NeroCare for free. Sheesh.
Doesn’t MSNBC have some new racist jokes to tweet instead of pretending to be a news outlet?
congress is now everyone’s parents to get their allowance from?
Why is anyone bothering to post stuff from MSetc any more? That is like posting something you found hand written on a placard that was face down in the street with tread marks on it.
I will say that the republicans sure know how to fight on wrong issues. They pass a “clean” debt increase but piss off everyone without a job. “Paying” for unemployment saves a small percentage of a penny. I know it’s Reid who refuses to allow a vote. But if the republicans are so afraid of a fight over the debt limit why would they not be afraid of this? Do they think the media will not report it in the democrats’ favor?
|Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000||Receipts & Pledges to-date: $47,252|
|Woo hoo!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much!!|
Nevermind the fact that it was obama, the democrats and obamacare that made them unemployed and then told them to celebrate it because it is “freedom” when they go bankrupt...
I guess it would be racist to point out why there are so many long-term unemployed...