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And no, I don't mean Sarah Palin's "Real mericans". I mean real, unadulterated, Americans.

Real people, with real lives, real families, and real pain and suffering as the economy still smarts from years of bad policies and the like.

But what do the odious "moderate" and Blue Dog members of the Democratic Caucus care about? What are the Blue Dogs practically shouting about with glee from the nearest mountaintops about?

The Fucking Deficit.

In a time where millions of Americans are still hurting, some very badly because they lost their jobs to the monster of a recession that most Real Americans would still say is going on - in spite of whatever the economists might tell them - there are those within the damn Democratic Party who are crowing and cawing about a victory as unemployment benefits are now going to lapse yet again.

Join me in my rage here at some of the most self-righteous and tone deaf things I've heard in recent memory.

All credits to HuffPo for this one:

But this is the first time the Democratic Party can't even half-plausibly blame the Republicans for the lapse. "This isn't being done because of Republicans, believe me. This is done because there's a group of us, we don't have a majority, but they listen," said Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-Md.), who fought to shrink the size of the bill. "I think it's really symbolic. We have a very diverse party and the party has come together... This is a real victory for the moderates and the Blue Dogs and the freshmen, that our party leadership is working with us to let this happen."

Excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

This asshole from Maryland openly admits that the Blue Dogs are quite happy to engage in what I think can legitimately be called "tyranny of the minority" in order to get a fucking victory? A political victory. A Pyrrhic victory. What does Rep Ruppersburger actually get for this? The ability to stand on some Godforsaken pedestal and talk about how much he hates the deficit Real Americans.

He doesn't care that people are going to hurt and suffer even more. He cares about his deficit peacockery instead. He cares about preening, and shining up his ConservaDem bonafides instead of giving more assistance to people who really need it.


Gerry Connolly, who unfortunately comes from my great home of Virginia, thinks that this is some sort of "turning point". What is he worried about?

Connolly said that it's a signal to congressional leaders. "It may be a turning point. We only know that when we look back on something, really," said Connolly. "But I think it's a growing and collective recognition that you're going to be held to a higher account if you're going to propose deficit spending for anything."

He's worried about holding people accountable for deficit spending.

Hey Gerry! Why don't you try holding people accountable for the mess we're in? Like the Wall Street Robber Barons who along with Republicans helped drive the car into the ditch. Or, hell, there's a great corporate bastard giant in BP that is killing our ocean, marine life, and the way of life for thousands of people along the Gulf Coast. Why don't you hold hearings or investigations into holding them accountable?

No sir, Gerry Connolly has more important priorities. He is committed to holding the rest of the Democratic Caucus accountable for deficit spending. The worst evil in the world is being tamed now thanks to Gerry Fucking Connolly.

At least, that's the way it sounds.

"But, you know, voters can hold seemingly contradictory views simultaneously," said Connolly. "That is to say, somebody can say, 'I want you to fix the unemployment problem, but I want you to stop those drunken-sailor ways of yours. Get rid of that wasteful, over-reaching spending you seem to love.' Voters can hold both views simultaneously, and it seems to me that politicians ignore that at their peril."

...Is Gerry Connolly taking political advice from the fucking Teabaggers? That sounds like right-wing rhetoric to me. You're a damn Democrat. How about you start acting like one?

And then there's Jason Altmire. You know, the back-stabber from PA-06 who sounded like a go on Health Care but really wasn't?

Blue Dogs are now baying. "The week we had talking about the need to pay for things that are not emergencies has paid off," said Blue Dog Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).


So being unemployed is apparently not an emergency anymore. Or maybe it never was. You'd have to ask Rep. Altmire what he really thinks about that.

But last I knew, being without a paying job when you want, no, need one in order to support your family and pay your bills and put a roof over your children's heads is a pretty damn big emergency. One of the worst, in my opinion.

I spent the months after I graduated college last year unemployed. I was a lucky one though. I was "only" unemployed from the middle of May until the beginning of November, and even then I was offered a second, better-paying job at the end of November which I started in December and am still currently at.

I was lucky. Millions of other Real Americans are suffering, and have not gotten lucky. But yet Jason Fucking Altmire of Pennsylvania is worried about a damn political victory.

Hey Jason Altmire? Fuck you.

Lurking beneath some Democrats' deficit concerns is the suspicion that unemployment benefits make people too lazy to look for work.

"We've had four straight months of job growth," Altmire said. "At some point you have to take a step back and look at the relative value of unemployment benefits versus people looking for jobs."

Now I'll be honest. For people who are out of work and can't even be bothered to look for a job, but will more than happily collect unemployment checks...I have absolutely no sympathy for sponges. You should not be able to sit around and collect money for sitting on your fat ass all day.

The UK has a system where people have to prove they are looking for work. What do we have here? I honestly don't know, as I have never collected unemployment. Either we have no system like that, or we have one that isn't good enough, because people like that do slip through sometimes...

But to use that as an excuse to cut off benefits for the millions of people who legitimately need it?

Hey Jason Altmire. FUCK. YOU.

The San Francisco Federal Reserve did a study in April that found "extended unemployment insurance benefits have not been important factors in the increase in the duration of unemployment or in the elevated unemployment rate." But despite this authoritative debunking, Altmire and other members, such as Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) say businesses in their districts complain of hiring trouble, claiming that would-be employees would rather stay on the dole.

What businesses, huh? Which businesses of yours are complaining to you that they can't hire people?

Why don't you help your businesses out and publish their information and say that they are looking to hire but gosh darnit, they just can't find anyone who isn't a lazy bastard and doesn't want to stop collecting their gubmint checks to work.

I'm sure that citizens outside your districts who are hurting and would love to have a job would commute or hell even move to take the job.

But no, doing that would make too much sense. You're Members of Congress. You have a duty to deprive people of things that help them in order to make yourselves look better. The only job you really care about is your own.

"We're nickel and diming the most fragile people in this economy," said Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project. "These are people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. They continually certify that they are out there looking for work."

Oh I guess this answers my previous question. So people are out there looking for work, proving it, and you want to stop their checks?

Hey. Blue Dog Caucus. All of you.

Go. To. Hell.

"What do we do now?" said Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.). "We could just turn our backs on them, but that doesn't seem very American to me."


Too bad the Blue Dogs hate Real Americans.

Originally posted to Progress in the 757 on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM PDT.

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    •  The main premis of your diary (5+ / 0-)

      is a good one and the outrage is real among a huge percentage of the population.

      However, this:

      For people who are out of work and can't even be bothered to look for a job, but will more than happily collect unemployment checks...I have absolutely no sympathy for sponges.

      In all my 50 years of working for a living, I was lucky enough to only need unemployment once.  It was not during such a horrific time of joblessness as this one.

      And in all those years of knowing many, many who had to from time to time rely on unemployment, I never knew of anyone too "lazy" to go out and look for work.  This seems to me more Republican Talking points than reality.  

      Since you have never been on unemployment, and I hope you never need to be, you should know that all the states I have ever lived in you are required to look for work and file a weekly report to your Unemployment office.  You need to tell them the name of the company and what job you applied for as well as who you spoke with at the company.

      So. . .I doubt there are many "lazy sponges" out there.


      *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

      by Shirl In Idaho on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:39:03 AM PDT

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      •  You can't live on unemployment anyway. (3+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, lcrp, Shirl In Idaho

        Unless you're independently wealthy.

        Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

        by Benintn on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:43:25 AM PDT

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      •  Let me amplify that (1+ / 0-)
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        Brooke In Seattle

        On your unemployment form which you must send in every two weeks there are spaces in which you must list the companies you contacted. They also want to know who you spoke with and the outcome. This gets dicey with blind ads and Craigslist which don't have that sort of information. The easy way is to contact temp agencies which do keep records of call-ins. The idea that people are able to use UI as a long term vacation is complete and utter bullshit. Please do not use this right wing urban myth.

      •  I want to second this (2+ / 0-)
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        lcrp, Brooke In Seattle

        I am a former executive living in Washington state.  I was unemployed once during my entire career back in the eighties and drew unemployment for about six months while I diligently looked for my next job.  First, I had to show that I was unemployed through no fault of my own.  Second, every two weeks I had to show that I had applied to at least three companies and was actively seeking work.  The only spongers I ever heard of were those whose work was seasonal or were furloughed (loggers and construction) and were encouraged by their employers to seek unemployment during those periods so they didn't lose the workers.

        Currently there are two things that have changed.  Many employers now contest unemployement benefits for people who have been fired even through no fault of their own as a routine matter.  They do this by outsourcing the process to companies that specialize and who are paid by how many claims they can kill not by necessarily telling the truth.  Second, this is the worst employment situation since the 1930's for most job seekers.  The situation is much more brutal now than it was back then and it is doubtful that there is any more cheating now than existed back then, but the need is much greater.

        These asshole bluedogs and others who are gleefully trying to play to the teabaggers are not just being cruel, they are being stupid.  One of the most effective things that can be done to combat a recession is unemployment insurance because it has a high multiplier effect (think 1.36 or so) meaning that there is an immediate benefit to the economy and the deficit.  Roosevelt make the mistake of caving to assholes like this jerk from Maryland in 1937 and plunged the economy back into the great depression that we were coming out of until then.

  •  Blue Dogs (4+ / 0-)

    aren't just ruining the Democratic Party, but quite frankly, the rest of America with them. But its ok, Rahm is happy...

    I did campaign on the public option, and I'm proud of it! Corporat Democrats will not get my vote, hence I will not vote.

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:17:53 AM PDT

  •  You may disagree (0+ / 0-)

    with the budget hawkishness of the blue dogs, but to conclude they "hate Americans" is absurd.

    This is exactly the kind of demonization that is needlessly divisive and counterproductive in my view.

    I do not support the blue dogs' position, but I am not going to assign such a motive to their actions.

    Not tipped or rec'd.

    See my sig.

    When it comes to Democrats, criticize, don't demonize. As for the GOP, I love Republicans--especially flame-broiled.

    by Dragon5616 on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:18:17 AM PDT

    •  Explain that (6+ / 0-)

      to the 1000s, and as the days go by, the millions who rely on these benefits... good for the budget conscious Blue Dogs...theyre still hosing the most vulnerable amongst us. Disgusting...

      I did campaign on the public option, and I'm proud of it! Corporat Democrats will not get my vote, hence I will not vote.

      by Jazzenterprises on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:20:32 AM PDT

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      •  WE HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's the explanation.

        I haven't heard a single Blue Dog saying that we shouldn't have unemployment benefits extended, or that we shouldn't take aggressive action to create jobs.

        The only thing I've heard from Blue Dogs is that they don't want to do more "emergency spending" and want to stop the cycle of not paying for things and not making tough choices.

        We are already at $13 trillion national debt.

        There's not a single Blue Dog who wants unemployment to stay at 10%.  That's bullshit.  And they all care a lot about doing something - sustainable - to create jobs and stop this insanity.

        Many Blue Dogs are standing up for the unemployed despite approval ratings for Congress, Obama, and Pelosi around 35% or lower.  That's courage that should be supported.

        Please stop triangulating.  The divide and conquer strategy is exactly what the GOP is wanting us to do.

        Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

        by Benintn on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:42:33 AM PDT

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        •  If people had jobs (2+ / 0-)
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          we'd be able to pay down the deficit.

          But since Congress seems completely unmotivated to do anything about creating those jobs -- other than some lame line about creating "the climate" for job creation by private industry -- it's kind of hard to expect they will do this anytime soon.

          Therefore, the deficit will not go down until more people have jobs -- and better paying jobs -- from which they will pay more in taxes.

          Private industry have proven their plans over the last 20 years. They don't plan to create any new jobs in this country. They are also outsourcing the ones left here as fast as they can.

          Until our government gets serious about THIS country, and presents an industrial policy, a decent social safety net, and plans for more than the next quarter down the road, we will continue to slip down farther and farther.

          Every other first-world country protects its own citizens in a variety of ways. Our country seems to not really give a damn whether we, as individuals, succeed or fail, as long as the corporate entities and Wall Street keep chugging away and donating to their re-election campaigns.

          It can't continue to go on like this forever. People who think it can are simply fooling themselves.

          "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

          by Brooke In Seattle on Sat May 29, 2010 at 11:19:38 AM PDT

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  •  Important To Get Blue Dog Names Out There (5+ / 0-)

    Blue Dog Leadership Team

    Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
    Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
    Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-02), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
    Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip

    Blue Dog Members

    Altmire, Jason (PA-04)
    Arcuri, Mike (NY-24)
    Baca, Joe (CA-43)
    Barrow, John (GA-12)
    Berry, Marion (AR-01)
    Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)
    Boren, Dan (OK-02)
    Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)
    Boyd, Allen (FL-02)
    Bright, Bobby (AL-02)
    Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)
    Carney, Christopher (PA-10)
    Chandler, Ben (KY-06)
    Childers, Travis (MS-01)
    Cooper, Jim (TN-05)
    Costa, Jim (CA-20)
    Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)
    Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03)
    Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)
    Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)
    Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)
    Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)
    Gordon, Bart (TN-06)
    Harman, Jane (CA-36)
    Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD)
    Hill, Baron (IN-09)
    Holden, Tim (PA-17)
    Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01)
    McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)
    Markey, Betsy (CO-04)
    Marshall, Jim (GA-08)
    Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
    Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)
    Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
    Minnick, Walt (ID-01)
    Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)
    Moore, Dennis (KS-03)
    Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)
    Murphy, Scott (NY-20)
    Nye, Glenn (VA-02)
    Peterson, Collin (MN-07)
    Pomeroy, Earl (ND)
    Ross, Mike (AR-04)
    Salazar, John (CO-03)
    Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)
    Schiff, Adam (CA-29)
    Schrader, Kurt (OR-05)
    Scott, David (GA-13)
    Shuler, Heath (NC-11)
    Space, Zack (OH-18)
    Tanner, John (TN-08)
    Taylor, Gene (MS-04)
    Thompson, Mike (CA-01)
    Wilson, Charles (OH-06)

  •  The real issue is PAYGO. (1+ / 0-)
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    We can't keep on deficit spending.  Blue Dogs LOVE America and want our children to be in a better position than we are 25 years from now.

    Haven't you learned the lessons from the Bush years?

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:39:17 AM PDT

    •  So what do you say to those 99'ers? (0+ / 0-)

      Oh F^%$$^ well, we got to keep the deficit down? How about taking care of those in need, get the monies from the rich, then deal with the deficit? You seem to be real cavalier, I guess with a job you can afford to be Marie Antionette? Be in the shoes of a 99'er then come back to us.

      America, They were yours, Honor Them, Do Not forget them-IGTNT.

      by Mr Stagger Lee on Sat May 29, 2010 at 01:17:38 PM PDT

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  •  I have 3 children. (3+ / 0-)
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    v2aggie2, Dragon5616, nickrud

    I have a 21-year-old who just got married.  She couldn't go to college because we couldn't afford it.

    I have a 15-year-old.  We're thinking about the military... don't know how we're going to afford it.

    I have a 2-year-old.  The national debt has grown by about $3 trillion since she was born.

    My children can't afford for me to vote Republican.  But they can't afford the unsustainable borrow and spend policies that we saw under George W. Bush.

    We can't do this anymore.

    I voted for Obama because I wanted something different.

    I am willing to have my taxes raised to pay for this stuff.  I want to support the poor and disenfranchised and unemployed.

    My wife and I both work full-time and we have a small business on the side.

    But we have to stop bailing out everyone and putting it on a credit card to China.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:47:00 AM PDT

  •  You can't collect unemployment & NOT look (2+ / 0-)
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    DaleA, swampyankee

    for work.

    You have to fill out their silly forms every week that show you sent resumes to or visited in person X number of companies in pursuit of work (depending on your state).

    If they call on you and ask to show that information and you don't have it, for ONE WEEK, they can demand all their money back AND sue you for fraud.

    People who draw unemployment ARE looking for work. Those who tell apocryphal stories about their neighbor or brother-in-law's best friend who sit on their ass and drink beer all day without looking for work are full of it.

    Moreover, it's damn humiliating to keep having to submit all that nonsense when most of us know damn well we don't have a hope in hell of being hired at any of the places we apply.

    There simply are no jobs out there.

    I think these Blue Dogs are assholes who have never lacked for anything in their lives, and so they have no idea what it's really like to be out of work, out of money, and in desperate need. I don't know why they bother to call themselves Democrats.

    I'm not sure what the hell they think people are supposed to do. We can't create jobs. Most people don't have enough entrepreneurial spirit or a niche idea to do that, and those who do mostly don't have the capital it takes to start a business -- even a small one, thanks to taxes and permitting and all that jazz.

    No, we are in a world of hurt when so many people in our own party, and in the country in general, have no sympathy for the people left unemployed by the long-term cultural shift that has happened here. They aren't prepared for it, and the government is doing nothing to make anything different.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat May 29, 2010 at 11:08:16 AM PDT

  •  I don't insult dogs by calling them 'blue dogs'.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle, Jacques

    Dogs are incredible beings.
    "blue dogs" are as useless as... well...

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Sat May 29, 2010 at 11:12:16 AM PDT

  •  We're "proud" of our Blue Dog Whip Heath Shuler! (0+ / 0-)

    Not only did he vote against Health Care Reform, but just this week he joined the Republicans and voted against Net Neutrality.

    Let's here it for the Blue Dogs!!!!!  They have their right hand finger on the pulse of America's needs and wants, and their other finger up their.......

    "Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value." ~ Albert Einstein

    by LamontCranston on Sat May 29, 2010 at 12:07:29 PM PDT

  •  Well, we could always vote against blue (1+ / 0-)
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    dogs and allow the gop to run the house.  Progressives can't win in places that conservative dems like Sandlin, Minnick or Schuler can.

    Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store. LBJ

    by flhiii88 on Sat May 29, 2010 at 02:22:21 PM PDT

  •  Blue dogs have become republicans. (0+ / 0-)

    So, we're supposed to support them because they are on "our team"?  Because being called a Democrat is more meaningful than speaking for the voiceless, for labor, for a social contract among all Americans?

    Regardless whether or not these are the "Democrats" our party can elect,their forcing outcomes no better that what socially liberal "Rockefeller" Republicans would have accomplished a generation and a half ago just emphasize that we are in reactionary times.  Evidently ownership of the label, Democrat, is become cheap.

    Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

    by Fossil on Sat May 29, 2010 at 04:12:13 PM PDT

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