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Thirty-three billion dollar "supplemental" for Afghanistan.

Nothing for unemployed American workers who have been stiffed by CAFTA, NAFTA and other international free trade agreements which resulted in outsourcing good-paying American jobs to Mexico, China, Vietnam, India and elsewhere.

As a result of a lack of congressional foresight in a national rush to sign a multitude of global free trade agreements, good-paying American jobs have been outsourced, the bulk of American manufacturing, a  key determinant of America's economic strength and security, not to mention that manufacturing real and solid goods serves as a job-creation engine which in turn serves as regional income-producing and tax income producing engine, American manufacturing has been thrown to foreign wolves.

The loss of American manufacturing has also been a key factor in diminishing America’s role as a world leader, factoring in its growing trade imbalance and its rapidly growing indebtedness to other nations.

Once upon a time America was a creditor, not a debtor nation, but American legislators slurped an enormous amount of Reaganomics Kool-Aid and sold the United States of America out from under its citizens, its working and its taxpayers.

Both Democratic and Republican congresspeople and senators must stop drinking Reaganomics Kool-Aid and start looking out for the nation and the nation's citizens which they are supposed to represent.

Heedless war spending is adding to America's deficit, is doing nothing to lift America from the Reaganomic quagmire which has rotted that nation’s infrastructure, gutted its system of education and left it in near poverty. We need to stop this downward spiral and we need to stop it now.

Will the House and the U.S. Senate work in that direction, for their nation, for their constituents?

Or will they continue to work on behalf of giant multinational corporations who care nothing at all for the welfare of the United States of America and the real people who live in the U.S.?

And now, Senate Republicans and good old Republicrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska are playing politics with unemployment extension:

.... One part extends the insurance programs that deal with the long-term unemployed. Another extends the $25 boost to unemployment insurance checks that we've had in place since the beginning of the recession. And a third allows workers who find part-time work but need full-time work to remain eligible for some unemployment benefits.

.... The bill also has a raft of tax cuts and investments, including billions for the Small Business Administration to offer more loans to small businesses, bonds to fund infrastructure development, money to encourage private-sector R&D. and more.... Those modification documents are important, because Democrats have made a lot of changes to the bill in response to Republican opposition. The total cost went from $200 billion to about $110 billion. The bill went from being deficit-funded -- which is what you want for stimulus -- to largely paid for, with only the $30 billion or so in unemployment benefits adding to the deficit. The $25 addition to unemployment checks was eliminated, and states now have to pay more for Medicaid, adding to their budget woes. The bill, in other words, has been made smaller and weaker. And that's despite 9.7 percent unemployment.

And still, it looks like Democrats might lose the vote today... All Republicans, and possibly Ben Nelson, appear to remain opposed. And why not? The less that Democrats appear to be doing on jobs -- and the fewer jobs that Democrats actually create -- the better Republicans will do in November....

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/...

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM PDT.

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  •  Don't you get it? (5+ / 0-)

    The "small people" don't count. Our Congress is owned by large corporations and wealthy individuals. Outsourcing is just an extension of the rich getting richer by exploiting the cheapest labor available.

    The root of the problem is that we "small people" are content to sit back and take it. Politicians have turned us against each other, pitting tea-partiers against progressives, etc.

    As long as they can keep us divided, they will keep us conquered.

    A tax cut for the wealthy is the opiate of the rightwing masses.

    by edg on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 12:35:13 PM PDT

  •  Why isn't Nelson removed from our Caucus? (4+ / 0-)

    And Striped of any committee chairmanships?

    I called his offices today to voice my frustrations about his denial of unemployment.  I let his staff know that he was responsible for making me and 10 million other Americans homeless come July 1st.

    I hope people keep calling him and the others that could truly make a difference here.

    Nelson, Ben - (D - NE)
    (202) 224-6551
    Collins, Susan M. - (R - ME)
    (202) 224-2523
    Snowe, Olympia J. - (R - ME)
    (202) 224-5344

    Please help us by calling them on this shameful behavior.

    •  Don't Forget Voinovich (2+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, buckstop

      I sent him a postcard on the matter last week with the hopes that he would actually read it. But seeing that he is retiring at the end of the year the only reading that he is doing is for ads for vacation condos.

      All kidding aside, Voinovich has voted for all of the other unemployment extensions. Unlike other members of the republican party he has a heart.

      Voinovich, George V. (R-OH)
      (202) 224-3353      

  •  Defense spending equals jobs. Increased (1+ / 0-)
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    jm214

    defense spending equals more jobs.  Need to shift the spending out of defense and into more productive jobs.  However, that ain't easy to do with the repugs protecting the defense industry executives and the dems protecting the jobs in the defense industry.  

    Eat recycled food. It's good for the environment and OK for you.

    by thestructureguy on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 02:03:26 PM PDT

    •  Jobs for WHO? (1+ / 0-)
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      thestructureguy

      Got any idea how much of the American war machine is built with outsourced parts? Or how much is "foreign aid" given to the militaries of other nations so they can "buy American weapons?" Not an insignificant number in either case.

      I guess from your post that we agree on the need for more productive jobs in areas that involve building up rather than blowing up. But those guys have all the guns that count...

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 03:42:25 PM PDT

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      •  It's a common misconception since so many jobs (0+ / 0-)

        have been out sourced that defense industry related jobs have too.  While true in some cases most are retained in the USA.  As of 2006, the latest year from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the defense industry employees 3.6 million people either directly or indirectly.  BLS

        Throw in jobs lost because of reduction of defense jobs, much like what the Gulf is experiencing, ie restaurants, consumer goods, etc and you have a very powerful political force behind the defense budget and against cuts.  I've always favored reducing the defense budget with comparable employment increase in other industries.  Problem is the defense jobs are good paying jobs that are many times union, for example Boeing and are hard to replace. As good as construction jobs are and as badly as we need the infrastructure rebuilt the jobs are not plentiful enough or high paying enough unless artificially raised. Green jobs are a better transfer of skills but there aren't going to be enough of them.  

        The defense budget is really a federal jobs work program.  The product wears out quickly or is destroyed.  I hate it because it causes so many pointless deaths.  In peace time I can live with it but there never is peace.  

        Eat recycled food. It's good for the environment and OK for you.

        by thestructureguy on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 06:13:26 PM PDT

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        •  What I was really asking, I think, (0+ / 0-)

          is how many of the gubbins and gillhickies that our "well-paid 'defense' workers" assemble into missiles and aircraft and artillery pieces and ammo and infantry weapons and trucks and all that other stuff are built by and bought from business entities who "live" in other places and have the same "loyalties" that our very own war industries display -- namely, to keeping the tail-chase going full steam ahead, and doing Big Deals with nominally Swedish and German and Japanese and Various Other corporations which are all part of a huge "industrial sector" that sucks the rest of us into indebting ourselves deeply so that the worst of us, the "warriors," can go play war games or run death squads or infiltrate and destabilize or bomb the heck out of other groups of soft-target suckers.

          If anyone knows.

          And did I not just see a report that Chinese chips that are part of "US" guidance mechanisms may have some little built-in hard-wired surprises? But who's to know?

          Doesn't matter, really. There's only one likely endpoint for all this. There's even a series of movies that depict it -- "Terminator I, II, III..."

          "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

          by jm214 on Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 05:40:13 AM PDT

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