Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Special Place In Hell...

A special place in hell must be reserved for Conservative leaders and their sheeplets.  In another filibuster by the record-holders of filibusterers, the Conservative mouthpieces in the Congress shot down yet another bill that would have benefited those not of the 2 percent.

"Senate Republicans shoot down jobs bills for veterans"
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On Wednesday in Washington D.C. Senate Republicans continued their obstruction of legislation designed to help the American economy by blocking the motion to proceed on a bill designed to help veterans obtain jobs in the public and private sector.

At a cost of $1 billion over a five year period, the Veteran’s Jobs Corps Act of 2012 would have created a job corps for veterans looking for work. According to the text of the legislation for S.3457, the program would have employed veterans as police and firefighters as well as employing veterans in “conservation, resource management, and historic preservation projects on public lands and maintenance and improvement projects for cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the National Cemetery Administration.” In addition to direct federal, state, and local public sector work, the program would have also provided grants to non-governmental groups hiring veterans for jobs covered by the program.

The unemployment rate for veterans remains significantly higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.1% in August.

Wednesday’s vote was 58 Yeas to 40 Nays in favor of S.AMDT.2789, an amendment to the veterans jobs corps bill waiving normal budgetary procedure; however such a procedural vote requires at least 60 votes to move forward towards the final vote which requires only a simple majority for passage.

The outcome of this vote was a staggering reversal of previous Republican support a week earlier when on a September 11, 2012 vote to move S.3457 forward, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor with a 95 Yeas to 1 Nay.

All 51 Democratic Senators and both Independent Senators voted for the bill. In addition, five Republicans broke rank with their party to support the measure: Senators Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Republican Senators James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Mark Kirk of Illinois did not vote.

According to Roll Call, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who voted against the bill stated of the measures, “Nobody knows if it works.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida cited the election and President Obama’s support for the bill as the reason for the GOP filibuster.

Echoing Nelson in her statement, Murray added of the Republican filibuster, “This vote is stark reminder that Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are willing to do absolutely anything to fulfill the pledge he made nearly two years ago to defeat President Obama. It doesn’t matter who gets in their way or which Americans they have to sacrifice in that pursuit, even if it’s our nation’s veterans.”
So the Conservatives decided to ignore the needs of veterans, police, firefighters, and the dead in one fell swoop.  How many lives will be affected by the arrogance of the Conservatives who ignore the plight of the middle class and the poor in the name of "no new taxes," a solemn pledge straight from the lips of George H. W. Bush?  The number of lives the Conservatives are willing to sacrifice to shovel more money and power to the greediest of the wealthy in our society is without limit.

It only goes to prove that Conservatism must be criminalized.  Every day they are able to prey on the rest of us, every day that they stop legislation to save lives and jobs, every day that they are enabled to use their civil rights and privileges to destroy our democracy, is a blot on our history and a step closer to the feudal society they so dearly strive to achieve.


“We read to know we are not alone.”

C.S. Lewis (British novelist. 1898-1963)

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