Yesterday I posted about a speech by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in which Whitehouse accused Republicans of having no compassion for the unemployed. The speech was classic Whitehouse, painting anyone who opposed his view as morally inferior and heartless.
And it is a theme hit not only by Whitehouse, but by Democrats and Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) even claims there is a conspiracy to wreck the economy in the run-up to the November election:
“It is very clear that the Republicans in the Senate want this economy to fail. They see that things are beginning to turn around…. In cynical political terms, it doesn’t serve them in terms of their election interests if things are beginning to turn around.”
But in fact there is an alternative which extends unemployment benefits and provide money to consumers without increasing the debt:
Republicans put forward an alternative bill that would extend unemployment benefits and pay for them with unused funds from the $787 billion stimulus.
“We’ve offered ways of paying for these programs and we’ve been eager to approve them,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
But Democrats objected, saying the stimulus funds are needed for job creation.
The Stimulus Plan has failed dramatically at lifting the economy. The concept of jobs “saved or created” is a farce because most of the Stimulus money has gone to subsidizing unsustainable state budgets, mostly for unionized positions. The Stimulus Plan is political in nature, rewarding a core Democratic Party constituency to the detriment of the rest of the economy.
Yet Democratic Party leaders cannot see beyond their politics.
The Democrats are so in love with the Stimulus Plan that they are unable to give up even a piece of it to help the unemployed.
Who’s heartless now?
Update: And what is Harry Reid doing? Scheming to create legislative maneuvers to push through cap-and-trade before the August recess, to create even more unemployment:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning a high-risk, high-stakes strategy for bringing climate and energy legislation to the floor ahead of the August recess.
The gamble: yoking a bipartisan, fast-track measure to overhaul offshore drilling rules with a broad, contentious bill capping greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise would have almost no chance of passage on its own.