More than TWO MILLION victims of the GOP war on working-class men and women will lose their extended unemployment benefits a scant two days from now, and another MILLION will lose theirs in March, according to reports like this. Lost in all the noise about this manufactured “fiscal cliff” (and the upcoming Debt Ceiling War II) is the catastrophic termination of this lifeline for the long-term unemployed.
We had a campaign where essentially NOBODY TALKED ABOUT the sad fact that fifty percent of Americans live one paycheck away from poverty, all while those at the very top continue to prosper. I get that Barack Obama and the Democrats had to do whatever it took to win, and they did that. The anemic recovery we are all slogging through is made MUCH worse by the dramatic contraction of federal, state, and local government employment. In fact, the private sector IS recovering and IS creating new jobs. The unemployment rate remains high largely because governments are laying off more workers than private industry can absorb.
Funding the extended unemployment benefits program is one of the most efficient (in terms of its effect on the economy) forms of stimulus available to the government. The GOP callously ignores the devastating impact of its termination — the pain is imposed on that 47% that the GOP has already written off in its war on workers.
We are now on the brink of doing real and permanent damage to millions of long-term unemployed workers. The loss of these benefits means that students will be forced to leave colleges, homes will be lost, neighborhood businesses will shut down. All because the GOP is so committed to its self-serving political dogma of increasing the wealth of the 1% whatever the consequences.
It’s time to ACT.