Snowe Pushing Stand-Alone Unemployment Extension Bill

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After joining “with her fellow Republicans to block a bill that would have extended unemployment insurance, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine urged Democrats on Friday to put forward a separate bill to help people who have exhausted their jobless benefits,” the New York Times reports.

The legislation blocked by Republicans on Thursday includes both the $35.5 billion extension in unemployment insurance and a broad array of tax changes and other safety net spending. Republican leaders said they were opposed to some tax increases in the bill and also do not want the measure to add to the deficit. In response to Republican demands, Democrats have covered the cost of all of the $112 billion package except for the unemployment benefits.

In a letter to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, Ms. Snowe said that a separate bill would disentangle the unemployment benefits from the larger fight.

“Separating the unemployment insurance provisions of the extenders bill and passing it as emergency legislation acknowledges the urgency of helping those who continue to look for work,” Ms. Snowe wrote. “Unemployment checks inject money directly into the economy, invariably assisting in the economic recovery we all agree must be accelerated.”

Senator Snowe said in a floor speech yesterday that she does not oppose extending unemployment benefits without an offset.  Many Republican Senators won’t back an extension unless the spending is paid for.  Democrats say the extensions constitute emergency spending.

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28 responses to “Snowe Pushing Stand-Alone Unemployment Extension Bill

  1. Because this is very clearly a budget issue–for the country and for the unemployed–why has reconciliation not been employed?

    This is truly not an issue that can afford to wait. Let’s not play politics with the lives of innocent people caught up in this terrible mess brought on by Republican mishandling of our country’s finances.

    I repeat….R.E.C.O.N.C.I.L.I.A.T.I.O.N…

    • am

      my husband was cut off 2 weeks ago and now trying to figure out where to get the $300 more we need for rent in a week and how to pay the water and electric bill the week after that. please pass this bill. he sent out over 20 resume’s yesterday and more today and is signed up with all the temp agencies in the area and willing to do anything. there just isn’t jobs available yet. we need the help and barely got by on my salary and his UI payment of $277 a week but we did get by and now we are going downhill with late bills and phone calls starting. I know we aren’t the only one’s in this situation and i can’t believe Reid won’t just take snoe’s advice and do the standalone bill next week. she is willing to vote for it…unless she changes her mind… and it might get the 60 votes needed but he is just turning his nose at her from what i’ve read. meanwhile we have bills to pay and struggling. reid is some piece of work. Just take the vote and BEFORE there July 4th holiday. sure wish i had there hours. leaving early friday’s and starting at 2 monday’s. now they need another break from all there hard work for 8 weeks on this bill they haven’t passed. yeah they are worse than kids, neither willing to give in and the result is people losing there homes and not having food to eat. how they sleep at night is beyond me but i’m sure it’s on some super fancy bed in there mansion after they fill up on a nice steak for dinner.

      • Doug

        am,

        u should send your letter to every media outlet u can think of as well as the White House. It’s the best letter on this subject I’ve heard. Seriously.

  2. S Ruth

    Taking away poor people’s emergency groceries and shelter while they look for work is not the solution to get America back on its feet and out of this Recession.
    The outsourced and laid off are being used as apparently disposable pawns in this political game.

    Hats off to Snowe for stepping above the theater and actually showing real concern for the people struggling most in this economy. People who I might add are also taxpayers and voters.
    I hope the Democrats listen.

  3. Ryder

    I was born and raised in Maine and even though I haven’t always agreed with Snowe she is at least putting a foot forward to help those in need when apparently the rest of Washington could care less. Go MAINE!!!!

  4. paula

    Nice try Snowe…are you up for re-election?? Ummm… why wasnt this brought up before?? Only common sense I suppose. Fellow unemployed…don’t get your hopes up…mark my words, the senate will continue to dick around just in time for their next two week vacation….I know, like others in my situation, they’re just lucky I cannot afford to get to washington..!!!! :O No morals, NO ethics,pride,self-control..done and gone thanks to those fkn governmental pricks!!!

  5. lisa

    Are you kidding? She first demanded that the bill be paid for, then when it finally was, she voted against it. Now she acts like she cares so much about the UI extension?

    PLEASE don’t get sucked into this. If you have been following this at all, you’d see she has been saying “oh yes, woo me, woo me – I’ll come over eventually” only to say “sorry not enough” over and over again.

    This woman does not care about the unemployed. If she did, she would have voted in favor of the bill yesterday. PERIOD.

  6. michael b. wolf

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME! OUR SENATORS HAVE NOW VOTED TO CUT OUR EXTENSIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOR MANY OF US THIS IS THE ONLY WAY FOR US FOR THE TIME BEING TO PUT SHOES ON OUR KIDS FEET, PAY BILLS, PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND PAY FOR HEALTH CARE. WHAT IS MORE SHOCKING IS THAT AFTER THEY VETOED OUR EXTENSIONS THE SENATE THEN PASSED A RESOLUTION TO EXEMPT THE MEGA RICH FROM PAYING ESTATE TAXES. THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO EVERY TAXPAYING MIDDLE CLASS, LEGAL CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY. iF i DONT PAY MY ESTATE TAXES I WILL LOSE MY HOUSE BUT THESE BILLIONAIRES CAN GET A PASS ON PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE AND GET OVER ON US AGAIN. YOU SEE THEW SENATE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOU AND ME BECAUSE THEY PROBABLY LIVE IN MANSIONS ALSO AND PASSED THIS BILL TO GIVE THEMSELVES A TAX BREAK TOO. HOW CAN THEY KNOW HOW WE, THEIR SUPPOSED BOSSES FEEL, WHEN THEY HAVE EXOBERENT SALARIES, GOLDEN PARACHUTES, LARGE PENSIONS, POWER LUNCHES AND A HEALTH PLAN SO WONDERFUL IN ITS GENEROUS COVERAGE THAT IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, ONLY THEM. CAN YOU SAY THAT THIS IS TRULY FAIR WHEN THE SENATE ARE THE ONES THAT PUT US IN THIS HOLE AND NOW CUT EXTENSIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE DEFICIT, GIVE ME A BREAK! RIGHT AFTER SAYING THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY FOR EXTENSIONS FOR US, THEY GIVE ISRAEL 400 MILLION DOLLARS BEFORE THE ECHO OF CUTTING OUR EXTENSIONS EVEN LEFT THE SENATE CHAMBER. THEY THEN PASS A 2000 PAGE FINANCIAL PLAN, THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN SURE IF IT WILL WORK, AT 5:00 AM SINCE MOST PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING AT THAT TIME AND WOULD’NT EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT TILL THE NEXT DAY,SNEAKY PEOPLE DO SNEAKY THINGS LATE AT NIGHT. I AM SURE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS NEVER THOUGHT PEOPLE LIKE THIS WOULD RUN, EXCUSE ME, RUIN OUR COUNTRY AND BREAK THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN THIS CUT THROAT FASHION. MY FAMILY DID NOT FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY FOR THIS. OUR LEADERS GIVE THE ILLEGALS MORE RIGHTS THEN THEY GIVE US THE TAXPAYERS AND IF IT WAS UP TO PELOSI SHE WOULD GIVE THEM THE WHOLE FARM AND LEAVE US IN THE OUTHOUSE. WE ARE IN TROUBLE BECAUSE OUR LEADERS ARE NOT FOR US BUT FOR THEMSELVES, THEY SEND SO MUCH OF OUR NEEDED MONEY OVERSEAS CAUSE THEY WANT TO BE LIKED BY THE WORLD AND THE HECK WITH THE RIGHTFUL PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION, WHICH IS NOT GREAT ANYMORE THANKS TO THE SENATORS THAT TRULY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU OR ME, AND EVEN WORSE, DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR WELFARE. POLITICIANS WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR TO GET ELECTED AND THEN THEHEN THE LIES START. WE AND OUR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY A GOVERNMENT THAT IS FASTLY BECOMING SOCIALIST AND IT SEEMS DOING EVERYTHING TO RUIN US. IT IS EVIDENT THAT NONE OF THEM KNOWS ANYONE WHO IS LOSING THEIR HOME SINCE THEY LIVE IN THEIR OWN LITTLE RICH WORLD AND LOOK AT US AS NOTHING MORE THAT A TOOL TO GET REELECTED. RISING TAXES, FOREIGN DEBT, RFIDICULOUS SPENDING, NATIONAL DEBT AND A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN’T THINK CLEARLY FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE SPELLS ONLY ONE THING……. EXTINCTION OF ALL BUT THE WEALTHY AND A MONEY PIT WASTELAND THAT USED TO BE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THANKS SENATORS YOU REALLY TOLD US JUST HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT US……. YOU DON,T CARE OR THINK ABOUT ANYONE BUT YOURSELVES AND YOUR RICH FRIENDS………. YOU ARE THE ONES THAT PUT US IN THIS HOLE AND NOW YOU ARE READY TO THROW THE DIRT OVER US……..I HAVE ANOTHER WORD FOR THAT AND FOR YOU, USELESS.

  7. Missy

    I would like to say to all the Republican Senators that you all should be so proud of yourselves for being horse’s asses. This country is the home of all of us American citizens whom have the right to receive benefits that we all have rightly paid into! We are your consumers. we pay through our taxes everything that runs this country! you say that it would cost too much money to help American Citizens in this time of great need, well have you thought that the taxes are still taken out of the Unemployment Checks? have you thought that we still pay taxes on things we buy? have you thought that we still pay taxes on our homes, cars, licenses for the cars, nearly everything? this is our money’s and we all deserve to keep our homes, cars, and food on the table just as well as you all do! You all think you are on top of power, let me remind you that it is us the American Citizens that put you into your power! and it is us that can take you OUT……..

  8. Rick

    If Olympia Snowe really cared, would she front her own stand alone bill instead of suggesting the Democrats do it?
    Apparently the Republicans are unable to initiate anything to help the unemployed…

  9. TIRED OF IT!!

    people!!! they are going to try again… the reason it did not pass is the republicans!!! i watched everyday, and everyday i saw the democrats BEGGING the rep’s to pass this. they read HUNDREDS of letters to the republicans from people like you and i, who will have to move out of our homes. who wont be able to eat!! and the republicans DONT CARE!! NOT ONE REP VOTED YES!!! if you have a REPUBLICAN senator CONTACT them BEFORE its too LATE!! we one need TWO reps and we cant get ONE!! i looked and there are so many states with such a high unemployment rate with REPUBLICAN senators. they are suppose to work for YOU! LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!! believe it or not YOU ARE THEIR BOSS!! the democrats will tell you that all day. you can watch the meetings all day everyday on c-span 2. again we need JUST 2 REPUBLICANS to get a vote passed for us. if your senator is republican its VERY easy to call or write!! if you watch everyday its disgusting to see the democrats get up here and talk making complete sense and explaining the situation and asking for the bill go be passed. AND THEN the REPUBLICANS talk and talk and talk and at the end you say to yourself “what he heck did he just say” because for the of you who dont know what a “filibuster” is, its when you talk about absolutely NOTHING and just RAMBLE on and on trying to slow thing down so you cant vote o them. and that is what your REPUBLICAN senators have done ALL week. PLEASE get your republican state senators to be one of the two needed……..

  10. The Republicans are not in charge of anything exempt obstructing justice. Justice for all those who depend on the programs that the bill could support. Just handing out cash will NOT help people to get jobs. It is the programs that will actually provide for the future of our families.

    What is absolutely ridiculous is the idea that the majority has no opportnity to rule. With the 60 vote requirement (which is completely arbitrary), it invokes struggles and creates a system by which little gets done and lots of soap box notoriety. It is a way for some big mouths to get their names on all the major media and the fake media. We give them their fifteen minutes of undeserved fame.

    The rules should be changed so that a bill with a CLEAR majority can pass. When bills can move on, the legislators can move on to another important issue instead of grandstanding on single issues just to gain name recognition.

    We need programs to rebuild our economy. Without these programs, who is to earn the income ans support our government?

    No the Republicans should NOT be able to ruin perfectly suitable legislation just because the Democrats refuse to attach reductions in the capital gains taxes for the wealthy. That is all it is–it is a means by which the Republicans demand more for the haves while the have nots sit idly by with little hope for retraining or new jobs.

    What do the rich do when they get tax reductions? They give themselves raises. They have shown that they are complete failures at creating new jobs. What does create jobs is tax credits to companies which create new jobs and provide training. Tax credits directly to companies that want to progress–that is where the credits should go.

  11. Cristina Velez

    I am one of the unemployed that has worked very hard for the past 40 years.

    my unemployment run off at the end of may. I have been unemployed since November 2009.

    Unemployment should be extended until the economy recovers. I went back to school and I am sixty. It is not easy for me to get a job at this age. I have been applying but……

    But wait everyone…. Senators will be coming around to shake hands, to promise that they will work for you and to tell you what they have accomplish during the past years. They are very confortable with their jobs and their salaries. Some of these senators are sometimes up to 80 years old and they still want to run for senate. Imagine how great it is to be in their positions. do not let them fool. Next election let show the GOBP, and the democrats also how disconected they are with the american middle class. DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN, DO NOT VOTE FOR ULTRA CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN.

    START TELLING THEM THAT YOU WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE PARTY OF “NO” SINCE THEY ARE THINKING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GAIN MANY SEATS COME NOVEMBER. LET’S SHOW THEM THAT WE HAVE THE POWER TO ELECT THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO SERVE US, NOT US TO SERVE THEM. WE PAY THEY SALARIES, THEY SHOULD TAKE A PAY CUT, AND LOSE THEY SEATS IN THE SENATE AND IN THE HOUSE.

    • Debbie

      Cristina
      i agreed with you on extending unemployment until recovery picks up. I too lost my job 2 years ago after working in the car dealerships for 20 years.
      I went back to school and took medical billing. The response I get from the medical offices. I am sorry but you do not speak Spanish so we can not use you.This country was founded on English not Spanish. I am sorry if some do not agree with Arizona.I will stand with them. My family had to come in this country with all the legal papers and so should everyone else. Mexico may not be working in our jobs but they are the reason we can not get jobs in some cases. Because we are required to learn their langauge, Not them learning ours.

  12. Pat in California

    Yes to am! I also thought to myself, “Hmm…I think I’ll send your letter to my friends none of whom are unemployed to show them the norm of the unemployed today!!!” Very nicely written!
    I live with my cousin and her boyfriend in his house.
    I moved in last December. Last month he felt like
    as much as they love me, I need to find somewhere to live by Aug. 1st. As if I can move on unemployment benefits anyway! I never thought it would take this long to find a job. And I have advanced office admin skills. And I live in Orange County, CA. and also, have applied to jobs in Los Angeles, 70 miles away. I have had a couple of interviews, but I am almost 60 even though I probably look younger and younger IT guys who are overqualified for my kind of jobs are getting them! It’s hard to focus not knowing if I can pay my car payment to go on these interviews and if I can buy food for myself. Family might help you a little, like with free rent, but they aren’t going to pay your bills. I spend 9am to 3pm and an hour at night online applying to jobs. Quantity seems to be the way to go. I am so happy Snowe is asking for this standalone bill. I am 99% confident it will pass! Please keep positive everyone! Anything else won’t help, believe me, I have realized that lately.

  13. Ashamed Of America

    I have been phoning Senators offices for the past week explaining my situation.
    I was laid off last November, and have just expired my FIRST 6 months of UI.
    I have 3 really good job prospects, one is actually a 6 figure salary, but none of them start until late July or early August.
    But, if this bill doesn’t pass, I will not have the money to pay my rent in July.
    I am driving without the legally required car insurance and with expired licence tags.
    So, I would like to propose a few things:
    First, if anybody gets evicted starting July 1st, let’s start taking over the Senator’s offices….use them to sleep in, send faxes, use the phones and their computers to find work.
    Second, when we do find work, claim 99 exemptions. I REFUSE to pay any more taxes!! Remember the old saying ‘No taxation without representation’?? Well, it is VERY obvious that Americans have no representation!! “Taxation without representation is TYRANNY!!”
    Third, if this bill does not pass, let’s make sure that this 4th of July is the SECOND one that NO AMERICAN will EVER FORGET!!
    Everybody get your guns ready….and let BLOOD RUN IN THE STREETS!!!
    We can afford to GIVE Pakistan $7.5 BILLION to arm and train Taliban to kill AMERICAN soldiers…..we can afford to GIVE Egypt $7 Billion, we can afford to GIVE Haitian earthquake victims over $2 BILLION dollars, we can afford to GIVE $30 MILLION to Palestinian refugees…
    We CAN AFFORD to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent of the country.
    We CAN AFFORD to bail out Wall Street and buy GM.
    But we CAN’T AFFORD to take care of middle class AMERICANS who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own???
    And this is being decided by people that ‘We the People’ are paying!!!
    ‘We the People’ are ALLOWING these people to GIVE our tax dollars away to others, but they won’t help us??? With OUR OWN MONEY????
    I am absolutely ASHAMED of the Senators and to be called an American!!!
    And Senators…..you should be ASHAMED of YOURSELVES!!!
    Even more so if you consider yourself a ‘christian’!!!
    Would jesus ALLOW people to be thrown out of their homes and apartments??
    Would he ALLOW them to go hungry???
    And yet FUND a 9 YEAR war, in which thousands of innocents have been killed??

    • Dear Mr Ashamed of America:

      I hope I don’t live in your neighborhood. There are plenty of guns in some neighborhoods that have been distressed for decades, you should move there and see how they have to live.

      Although I might think that all you weird cave-swelling survivalist haters out there are more than a little scary, you have a right to speak your mind (however limited your educational acumen may be) but you do not have the right to run around with your armed weapons in my neighborhood.

      It may be best for you and all the little family members that you “own” to find yourself a little island out in “Land of the Lost” to battle your own personal demons.

      You are scary!

      Most people just want change; not armed murder. There is NO provision in our Constitution for an uprising against a legally formed and voted in government in our country! It is often shameful what some of our elected officials do once they attain officedom but we can always vote them out. We can get rid of these “Christain” maggots who claim to be better than the average citizen and acting on God’s behalf. These teabaggin’ douches are no better than the criminally insane.

      We MUST work within the system to improve the system. Our Constitution allows for improvements as it was written to be a document that continues to grow with changing times. The founding parents of our country understood that technology would improve the lives of citizens and change nearly every facet of life as they knew it. They understood that if the Country was to remain relevant in the ever changing, evolving World, we all would have to make changes in how we face our challenges.

      Our challenges should not have to include fighting crazy people with views of the World that have absolutely no place. These crazies (you and your family) must be understood as the haters and anti-World groups that they are and they must be neutralized.

      The rest of us understand that you have hatred for all races except for your own and for women who have any education or training that may make your meager understanding of the World clearly dispicable.

      Do unto others as you would have others do unto you!

  14. Mr Smith

    I have been a Democrat for 50 years. I f Read does not listen to Snow, then for the 1st time in my life I will vote against my beloved Barbra Boxer. Sorry Barbra call Snow offer to co-author the stand alone bill. Or BYE BYE

    • Debbie

      Mr.Smith I agree I also voted for Senator Boxer in the past.Her next time around she is out and that is this November.it is really to bad that Senators and congress do not hear from us until it gets close to election and realize they will lose their votes.I was 20 years in Car Dealerships. Car companies got bailed out with our tax money with out our permission,but the people that worked in the jobs are still not getting called back to work.

    • You miss the whole point of what the “stand alone” bill would provide. Have you heard of loaves and fishes? Well, this is the whole damn shabang! Giving all those on unemployment an extention without ANY hope of a recovery is just giving a plabebo to mask the pain.

      The programs ARE absolutely necessary.

      Stand alones do nothing for anyone except republicans to shift blame to democrats. It is the GOP that has obstructed. The JOBs are needed and they will not be part of a stand alone bill.

      Is that really what you want..are you all that simple-minded? That is shoddy legislation and shoddy showmanship on Snowe’s behalf to gain a few democratic supporters in her home state. SHe really still only cares about Wall Street.

      It is Main Street or Wall Street. That is the real question. It is NOT whether it’s a stand alone product or a comprehensive plan of action.

      Simple game or comprehensive action?

  15. ady

    The latest version of this bill will appear in the next few days…its almost assured.
    But, the backlash from the voters that have watched this childish display by their elected represenatives playing political games with people LIVES, needs to be remembered in November.
    Democrat as well as Republican, any Senator that is willing to delay aid, basic survival, or gov assistance by playing politics with bills related to the immediate survival of the citizens, should be FIRED then run out of their home town.
    I watched them do this last time, and they will do it again. It’s political drama that they crave and USE to “point the finger” at the other party and try to make them look like the bad guy all the while their people suffer.

    Allowing Americans to suffer is NOT good representation, its playing Elitist. When they claim there is a bigger picture, thats the same as saying they can;t see the little things anymore……………………us.

    The thing is, whatever gets passed is now delayed weeks since it MUST go back to the House for their approval, then to the Pres for signature.After no support at the G20, who knows what Obama is thinking.

    Good job guys! Thanks !
    See ya in Nov….

  16. P Bowen

    I am fed up and disgusted with both the Democrats AND the Republicans. Infact, I’m fed and disgusted with THIS COUNTRY! To think that the Congress would blatantly deny extension of UI benefits at this time, when Unemployement is HIGHER now than it was in 2008 when they instituted the EUC program is absolutely unbelieveable! I hope and pray every unemployed person MARCHES ON WASHINGTON! and I hope every REPUBLICAN is KICKED OUT OF OFFICE in November!
    But wait…..wait until this country sees what will now happen to Millions of Americans as a result of this action! People in the streets, millions going to Emergency Rooms for care, an increase in Crime, and theft, just wait ………. this Congress doesn’t know what they’ve done! Just wait !
    SHAME on you, Democrats and Republicans! SHAME on you for this !

  17. janet

    I am all for this stand alone bill. Senator Snow is right about one thing the money goes right back into our ecomomy.

    We need the stand alone unemployment beneifit package now. Our families are going to suffer more then anyone else.

    We the american people are the back bone of this country and we have worked to make it what it was not what it is today. The people on Wall Street have made a mess of things and it has brought woos down on our heads.

    Not only that but all our good jobs have been sent over seas and we are left with just a hand full of companies that the middle class people are qulified for. We need help until the President can get this county back from the brink. If not we are all going to go to hell in a hand basket. I pray every day that someone in the Senante has the courage to make this happen.

    If they want the American people to support them come election time, then they better start looking out for us now. If not, then I myself will not be voting for any of the ones who opposed this stand alone bill. I know I am not alone in this thinking.

    So help us to help Senator Snow get this bill rushed through.

    • A stand alone bill is just what Wall Street ordered. There is no hope in it for Main Street without provisions for NEW jobs.

      Does id seem that hard to understand that the old jobs simply are NOT there and new jobs will have to reflect the NEW econony?

      Main Street needs jobs AND money…not just money!

  18. Jim Fallon

    This no vote by the Republicans is by design from their bosses the Multinational Corporations, Wall St. and the Big Banks along with the top 1% riches people in the country like the Rockefeller’s, Dupont’s and Bush’s (if everyone only knew the truth there would be 20 million in Washington demanding the entire government step down or be arrested for Treason)

    You see this whole destruction of our economy is by design by these top 1% elite. they have been plotting the crash of our economy for many years now. The goal is to destroy the middle class so they can have cheap labor and take the voice of the people away by taking their money. When the people are reduced to being so concerned with just trying to feed themselves and their families, they won’t have time to voice their opinion and organize.

    The power of the people is the one thing they are most afraid of. Why do you think that even though there have been many authorities on computer science who have concluded that these electronic voting machines can and have been sabotaged to change the out come of our elections and even though the evidence is overwhelming, they still continue to use them. Even after the people have said in poll after poll they want to go back to paper voting our government just pretends like they never hear us and do nothing about it.

    The elite in this country had one problem with completing their coup and that was the vote, one man, one vote. then with the invention of the PC computer they had their solution to the one man, one vote, control the voting machines and you control the vote.

    It has now come to the point where it maybe too late to stop them through the vote because now not only do they own the government, they own your vote. So I am afraid the only way life in this country will ever go back to the way is was like in the 1970’s when the middle class had the highest buying power, more than at anytime in this countries history, the only way to get back what we once had is through REVOLUTION!.

    Back then the minimum wage was $1.65 hr but it had the same buying power as 10.00 hr does now. If you take the min wage now of $7.25 hr and divide it by $1.65 you get 4.3 which = $43.00 hr (4.3 x 10.00) this is what the min wage should be today! back then CEO’s made only 30 times what their workers did, now it’s 500 times more. But thanks to deregulation and the brainwashing of the public that taxes were too high when they were 10% for the middle and 70% for the top 2% (Those who made more than $3,000,000 a year in 1971) We voted in Ronald Reagan. You see back then when the taxes were this high for the riches 2% what do you think they did to make more money and reduce their taxable income of 70% they invested in their companies and paid their workers a very good wage so they could write it off and reduce their tax debt. This was the way they made more money and we all made a good living wage.

    The facts about the great Ronald Reagan are… He never lowered anyone’s taxes except for the top 2% for the rest of us he raised them. He also yelled to us about cutting government spending but when he left office he also left the biggest debt in the history of this country.
    Reagan’s Koolaid he made us all drink was that by lowering taxes for the top 2% and Corporations it would create jobs and benefit us all. Well the fact is he did not create anymore jobs than would have been created anyway and his policies began to reduce our wages and destroy the only voice for the people we had, the labor unions. Reagan demonized the unions so much and blamed them for all of our job problems that the American people began to revolt against the one organization who was on the middle classes side.

    But the Fat cats didn’t like the fact that the middle class had so much power, they had too much say in their lives and how our government ran, so the rich have been plotting to do what has now almost been completed, the removal of the middle class. Can you all say Mexican middle class? No? that’s because there is no middle class in Mexico, only the very rich and the very poor, this is what the Corporate elite have planned for us to become, just like Mexico, Can YOU Say Amero, That is what the new name of our money will be soon. Don’t believe me Goggle the word Amero and see what these Bastards have in store for us!

    take a look America at your new money http://www.amerocurrency.com/oxford.html

    see the Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hiPrsc9g98

    And here Know The Truth! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nD7dbkkBIA&feature=related

    The only way is by REVOLUTION! Either you fight for your freedom or continue to be oppressed more and more in the years to come! ARE YOU MAD YET AMERICA? I don’t think you are but you should be. What will it take before you get mad enough to do more than sign a petition? When you have lost everything and the government takes your children away from you because the government says you can’t care for them. Will you get mad then? When the entire government is nothing but Tea party and Republicans and you have to wait in a food line every day just to get a few scraps from your $40 per day job then will you get Mad.

    My feeling is that the longer you let these bastards take your rights away (Patriot Bill) and your jobs away (Goldman Sach’s) the harder your struggle will be and the more American lives will have to be lost in order to regain control from the Corporations!

    WAKE UP AMERICA YOU NEED TO FIGHT NOW OR DIE!
    THIS IS NO BS!

    Netwerkjim Lieutenant of the Revolution

  19. R. Victor

    I have been unemployed since January of ’09 & I put in two applications every day. I live in Martinsville, Va. & our unemployment is over 24%. My unemployment money ran out about two weeks ago & my wife is disabled. Our money is very tight, we have gone through our 401k & we are now spending our savings on house payments,health insurance & medical bills. But our savings will not last long & I’m very concerned about losing my house. The stand alone un-employment bill is my only hope. My employment record is 40 years, I worked my first job for 20 yrs, my 2nd job for 5 yrs & my last job for fifteen yrs.All three jobs losses was due to plant closing & they went off shore. I may have to move 350 miles to get employment & at 61 yrs old i do not look forward to doing that.My cobra health insurance runs out in August & costs me $382.00 per month & my wifes health insurance costs $200.00 per month. I do not have any income at this time. Things are pretty rough for us & all we can do is pray at this time. My dad is 86 yrs. old & in a nursing home in very poor health & I would hate to move away from him. He is a World War two veteran had recieved two purple hearts. I owe him a lot for being a great role model,so I need to pay him back in his hour of need.”SENATORS”,REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS, Please pass the Stand Alone Un-employment Bill, we need your help…
    Thanks, Victor G. Ray Sr. Martinsville, Va.
    Note: Martinsville,Va once was the largest producer of T-shirts & Sweat Shirts In the World.Also was the largest producer of Wooden Furniture in the world.We now have a lot of empty buildings & 20,000 people saw their jobs go off-shore.

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