Showing posts from September 15, 2013

Why Not Just Create a Government Jobs Program?

So the Scrooge-like Virginian and Republican Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, and company, want to kick half the people on "food stamps" off the program and the other half they want to have them work for what would essentially be $2.50 per hour in order to get benefits.  However, slavery was outlawed in 1865, so the $2.50 transgression could conceivably be stopped in Court, if not by the Democrats in the U.S. Senate or President Obama's veto.  If Mr. Cantor, Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican rank-in-file are so worried about people getting something for free, then why don't they create a government jobs program for anyone that can't get a job in the private sector, with the pay being set, at least, at the federal and state minimum wage levels, instead of trying to make people work for slave wages?  They could also stop government subsidies to rich corporations if "something for nothing" was really their concern.

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Surely, the House Republicans Are Not Going to Shut Down the Government

Last year, when they had a chance to deny President Barack Obama a second term, the Republicans nominated a pompous charlatan flake for president, who basically said half the people of the nation were losers, and made Obama look not so bad by comparison.  Now, just when the president seems to be losing some popularity through a series of policy missteps, top G.O.P. officials and their rank-in-file in Congress appear to want to double down on last year's mistake by shutting down the government over the so-called Affordable Health Care Act.  This would be a radical departure from the normal mechanics of governance, throw millions of people into instant poverty, shatter the already weak economy, put the House of Representatives within striking distance of Democratic Party control in next year's elections, and suddenly make the president look good in comparison to his political foes, again.  If it were to happen, people may even start electing a few third party candidates to Congr…