Category - USA Depression – Recession

Declaring war on the unemployed: So that’s what “Compassionate Conservatism” looks like

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In a recession whose genesis can largely be laid at their feet, Republicans have decided to own up to their responsibility by…wait for it…blaming the victims. Instead of determining how they might lessen the burden on the unemployed- especially the long-term jobless- Republicans have declared war on them.

It’s difficult to understand, much less explain, how Republican-dominated North Carolina could sharply cut unemployment insurance benefits. Republicans in the Tar Heel state were so committed to pulling the rug out from under the unemployed that they reduced both the duration of benefits AND the average weekly payment. Because of that, North Carolina is no longer eligible for $700 in federal assistance to the long-term unemployed.

Hey, how else are you going to get those lazy “takers” off their asses and convince them to get a job? Never mind the fact that North Carolina has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates (8.8%). Add in the fact that there are three unemployed Americans for every open job, and a reasonable person would have to ask Republicans where the jobs are. Long-term unemployment remains at historically high levels, but Congress (read: Republicans) long ago allowed extended unemployment benefits to expire.

Ah, so THAT’S how the GOP plans to broaden their appeal to their middle class….

(Read the full post at What Would Jack Do?)

 

Peace, Love, and Brown Rice (and I’m not sure about the brown rice)

Serf/Serfdom

The word Serf as defined by Collins English Dictionary;

Noun; 1. (esp in medieval Europe) an unfree person, esp one bound to the land. If his lord sold the land, the serf was passed on to the new lord.

Synonyms;

vassal, slave, thrall, bondsman, varlet, helot, villein, and liegeman.

Serf as defined by The Oxford English Dictionary;

Noun; an agricultural labourer bound by the feudal system who was tied to working on his lord’s estate.

Origin; late 15th century (in the sense”slave”): from Old French, from Latin “servus”, slave.

From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/serf

serf (sûrf)

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Sow the Wind

You know the rest…

2012Reports from the arc of the angry Tea Party movement indicate that, yes indeed, there is a FEDERAL  government and yes, it does provide a big payoff to be in one of the five states that comprise Tea Party Homeland.   Each and every one of the states on the map receives back more from the federal government than it pays in taxes and other revenues (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). These states voted for Mitt Romney by big margins and contributed a healthy share of the Tea Party Republicans in Congress.

Now it’s time to pay the price for this type of negligence.  Businesses and defense workers, schools and health programs, you name it, are going to feel the lash of the Tea Party madness.  This isn’t your normal budget drama that  gets resolved at the last minute.  It’s the apogee of Tea Party anger and cynicism.  Just look at the way the Senate handled the Hagel hearings.  They treated their former colleague with utter contempt.  Recall John McCain’s anger.  He’s one of the more reasonable Republicans.
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