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Just One Vote

June 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

A single senator now stands between millions of unemployed Americans and the extension of unemployment insurance benefits they need in order to feed their families and gas up their cars to get to job interviews. The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said two Republicans will support his new extension to unemployment benefits and that he is hopeful a third and final Republican will eventually back the bill.

“If we had Senator Byrd’s replacement we would have 60,” he told reporters. “We have to wait and see what a couple of Republicans do.”

Reid did not say which Republicans have chosen to support the bill, but one of them is expected to be Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), who last week said she would support a stand-alone extension of unemployment benefits.

We’ll know later today or tomorrow morning if the Republicans and conservative Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] (pictured) are going let the Democrats’ latest attempt at passing an extension, and the last attempt before they leave for July 4 recess, get an up-or-down vote.

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Chris51 07/11/2010 9:16pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:41pm

FreedomWorks(Tea Party) has big money donations. Oil&Gas Industry Special Interest group contribute 80%+ to Republicans. Koch Industry lead in contributions. Senators will be listen to them, not the cries of the average Americans. Here are donation recorded. The unemployed dont have Lobbyist and Special Interest groups. This is how it appears for Democrats and millions of average Americans. NO MONEY, NO VOICE, NO CRUMS.

Total individual contributions by party, 1989-2010
The following individuals contributed at least $50,000 to federal candidates and parties during one or more election cycles while affiliated with the organization. Based on data released by the FEC on June 13, 2010
Koch, Charles&Elizabeth Total $494,700 Soft Money $0 Democrats $1,500 Republicans $298,200 Democrates 0% Republicans 60%
Koch, David&Julia Total $2,009,095 Soft Money $1,222,500 Democrats $0 Republicans $1,911,095 Democrats 0% Republicans 95%

Chris51 07/11/2010 9:37am

Governer Machin like most Americans. He wants to preserve the job he has(Politician), and advance his career. He is probably making decisions by listening to political power and money. Does anyone really think he or any of the SENATORS who have stood in the way of passing Unemployment Insurance Extension to the millions who need it, are losing any sleep?

The worse SENATORS are the ones who are probably lining their pockets big time right now by being the one vote that completely blocks UI Bills from passing. That would probably be Senators like Ben Nelson and Jim Bunning on the obvious ungly corrupt Senator list.

The millions of ordinary Americans that have been forced into unemployment lines may not have very much money, or even empathy from other fellow employed Americans at this point, but you have the power of your vote in November. Take names, and make sure you make it to that appointment.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:20pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:42pm

Republicans (and Nelson D-NE)only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing todays workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

Chris51 07/10/2010 9:20pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:42pm

Republicans (and Ben Nelson, D-NE) only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing todays workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

Chris51 07/10/2010 2:42pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:41pm

Letter was written to Senators:
On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

FreedomWorks (FreedomWorks funders for Tea Party ;)

http://www.freedomworks.org/publications/freedomworks-to-senate-remove-job-killing-taxes-fr

Chris51 07/10/2010 2:41pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:41pm

Sharron Angle a Tea Party favorite:
If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/30/sharron-angles-unemployme_n_631350.html

Chris51 07/10/2010 2:41pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 2:40pm

Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

http://www.wvcoal.com/ 2007 data
Chevron Total coal production: 12.1 million tons
ExxonMobil Total coal production: 2.1 million tons

Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding

Chris51 07/10/2010 2:40pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 6:42pm

Top 10 Interest Groups giving campaign contributions to this Member of Congress in 2008: Lobbyists & Public Relations $37,060; Employer listed but category unknown $15,150; Public works, industrial & commercial construction $9,200; Attorneys & law firms $8,750; Health care institutions $7,150; Food wholesalers $6,200; Business services $6,100; Agricultural services & related industries $5,000; Consumer electronics & computer stores $4,100; HMOs $4,000

FreedomWorks supplied much the organization and material used by The local Tea Party groups. In early summer 2009 FreedoWorks sent out a "Health Care training kit… Organization and material used by The local Tea Party groups. In early summer 2009 FreedoWorks sent out a “Health Care training kit,” containing three questions about health care it urged supporters to confront lawmakers with at town hall….
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Americans_for_Prosperity

Chris51 07/10/2010 6:37am

Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:44pm

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/08/HP/A/35248/Pres+Obama+Remarks+at+Fundraiser+for+Missouri+Senate+Candidate+Robin

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:42pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Chris51 07/07/2010 9:08pm

CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

The unemployment emergency
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502658.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Senate struggles with unemployment benefits
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment
http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/calls_to_suicide_hotlines_skyrocket_along_with_unemployment

Chris51 07/06/2010 1:34pm

Great reporting on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljoh5oW1Yb8

This news reporting, the debates on CSPAN, and OpenCongress.com help give the public a close-up look at our cRepresentives job incompetence.

Congress should draft up a “Fairness To Jobless Citizen’s Act”, that would remove incompetent Senators and be required to replace them with an unemployed American that will appreciate the job opportunity, work hard and will be effective for The People.

Chris51 07/03/2010 9:55pm
in reply to Sniperous Jun 30, 2010 8:12am

REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER ON UI EXT BILLS!
Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

The job market is broken.
The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

Job recovery hits a wall
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

Job gloom at all time high
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

Jobless claims spike
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

artledoux 07/02/2010 4:06pm

A new tent city is being erected at Sharon Angle’s ranch, if we get enough people
she cannot stop us!
Art LeDoux

artledoux 07/02/2010 4:03pm
in reply to jpocalips1 Jun 30, 2010 10:18pm

You are right, and we cannot do it with a vote!
Art LeDoux

artledoux 07/02/2010 4:01pm
in reply to MelinFlorida Jun 30, 2010 9:51pm

You did not fail! They have failed us! Stay strong for your children and your
husband. I can only guess it is not easy. Stay together as a family, they can’t
take that from us!
Art LeDoux

Chris51 07/01/2010 9:50pm
in reply to Sniperous Jun 30, 2010 8:12am

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME to Republicans and those few Democrats who blocked several U.I. Ext. bills from passing they turned their backs on THE PEOPLE again.

Most of these same House Representatives and Senators united to pass bills that gave their Wall Street/Banks SEVERAL billion $$$s in bailouts in 2008, starting with JP MORGAN CHASE, one of the many banks that took advantage of consumers.

Then their oil companies made billions in profit during the summer of 2008, as they strategically increased gas prices by $1-$2 on Americans at the pump. Americans had to pay for gas to get to work. Soon American’s household budgets were out of balance, and started foreclosing on home loans.

Your companies stayed fat$$ at the top by cutting jobs, while leaving The People jobless, without Unemployment Insurance, struggling and sadly disillusioned.
www.change.org

nuspirits 07/01/2010 2:39pm
in reply to rlaughli Jun 30, 2010 1:13pm

That’s right…. I am going independent!

jenny2010 07/01/2010 8:41am

Just like life itself, there is GOOD and EVIL in the Senate. God bless the Senate.

Chris51 07/01/2010 8:34am
in reply to Sniperous Jun 30, 2010 8:12am

Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
WWW.CHANGE.ORG

nuspirits 07/01/2010 7:36am
in reply to thanksjames Jun 30, 2010 6:16pm

Ironically… A person’s freedom of religion is completely different from the separation of church and state because all individuals have the right to practice their own beliefs (there are so many). Its the traditions that are apparently most peoples problem…not a person’s beliefs (traditions are a historical version of the children game “telephone”…one generation has the truth, the next with take what they want and so on) Mixing them I believe to be done by ignorance. LEARN YOUR HISTORY and NOT JUST CURRENT POLITICS!!! You can title it how you want and relate the two by your own reason but “freedom of religion” and “separation of church and states” are too separate issues.

nuspirits 07/01/2010 7:03am
in reply to dwcstmdznr Jun 30, 2010 8:00pm

I do have understanding of “separation of church and state”. Yes I do believe God is the answer; history has proved that time and time again. History shows us the downfall of most major empires are due to GREED! By the leaders and the ones who are so called “entitled” as well. History has repeated its self over and over..why? because of ignorance. It is not about one party or the other (yes you are correct a lot of religious are hypocrites too, we were all born in sin) I said “all” hypocrites will reap what they sew and did not mean to exclude any. If an individual promises or states that “I will help the people” and truly does not, yes sir/ madam, that does make that person a hypocrite. The only ones who should have taken offense in my above comment are the ones who are involved with immoral politics. I do agree with the fact that 30-40 years in the senate is too long and they do loose touch with people. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AND SAVE US! WE ARE SURROUNDED BY CORRUPTION!

rfmitchell 07/01/2010 6:35am
in reply to dwcstmdznr Jun 30, 2010 8:00pm

I understand that you’re saying many incumbents can get too comfortable having power for so long, but we’d already have this extension if two of the senators in office for decades (Kennedy and Byrd) were still alive.

The problem is the public in general doesn’t really know what’s going on and what’s being said (have you heard the insulting comments Republicans in Congress have been saying about the unemployed?) because the corporate media isn’t covering the Congress voting to the extent that they cover other things. I know the deficit is high, but the small amount of money people receive in benefits is a big deal in that it allows us to survive and benefits the local economy too. Mine unemployment ran out two weeks ago.

Halelouya 07/01/2010 4:38am

I don’t know how those bastards can enjoy their recess and celebrate the 4th of July. Do they know that America is not celebrating? Do they know that we cant even afford to buy bread while they are enjoying their time?

general 07/01/2010 4:06am

The news is actually starting to cover our plight keep talking people.

general 07/01/2010 3:55am
in reply to optic1 Jun 30, 2010 9:58pm

Whatever you do don’t vote for Sharon Angle she is a greater evil.

jpocalips1 06/30/2010 10:18pm

We can all sit here,piss and moan,or take a stand now. If we allow these ass-clowns,that claim to represent us continue to get away with this crap,we deserve our fate,it is our right to remove a corrupt a government.They refuse to support the will of the people,in my opinion that is a form of treason,if we are in fact, still a Nation founded on, for the people,by the people. We are taxed without representation,we are lied to on a daily basis,we watch our own countrymen go hungry and homeless, we are on a fast track to becoming slaves people.I urge every American to make a stand now, and take this great nation back, let your voices be heard. We still are a sleeping giant, it’s our people that make this country great, pull together as one, and send a message to Capital Hill, we are not going to allow you to run America into the ground any longer.This is still the land of the free, and home of the brave,we will not be governed by tyrants any longer. It is our right people,our country.

Chris51 06/30/2010 10:18pm
in reply to Sniperous Jun 30, 2010 8:12am

The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

optic1 06/30/2010 10:04pm

Melinflorida, they US Senate feels for you. They decided this was extremely urgent so they will be back on July 12th after their nice paid vacation. For everyone out their I pray for you because things are not looking good.

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