It’s amazing that Congress can just take their week-long July 4 holiday while the unemployed sector of the country is in need of continued assistance. Today, unemployment claims are up, home sales are plunging, and manufacturing growth slows to a crawl. Congress was asked to extend unemployment benefits for another six months, yet they decided to sit on it for a week while they recess for the holiday. Without this extension, the current 1.3 million people who are without jobs and without benefits could climb to 3.3 million by the end of the month.

Those are astounding figures. And by their decision to take their little break, the people who voted them into their cushy jobs with perks, loads of vacations, lots of travel all over the country and abroad are abandoned to their own means. And if it just so happens that Congress decides not to extend benefits when they get back (and before they have their summer break through the month of August – must be nice!), all those jobless people will mean less spending. Less spending means a shrinking economy; and a shrinking economy means we slip back into another recession. It becomes an endless downward spiral. All the economic growth we were hearing about a few months ago – companies reporting higher earnings – are all down again.

And we have the Senate Republicans to thank for it this time. They were the ones who blocked the bill that would have extended benefits to those who have been jobless for more than 6 months. And why? What could their reason be for doing such a thing to their own constituents? Is it because they feel they’re safe? Is it because they’re not unemployed and feel it’s unnecessary to help the unemployed? What kind of nonsense drives this insane thinking?

Republicans or Democrats, Congress needs to take care of the people who’ve put them into those dream positions. They don’t know what stress is about until they’ve been unemployed for months and don’t know from where their next paycheck is coming. Maybe they’d push the extension through really fast if they had to rely on it. Sort of like Social Security and Medical benefits.

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