Ah, for the halcyon days of February! More recently, tea party darling and congenital idiot Rand Paul pointed out the fuzzy-headed liberal fallacy of extending unemployment benefits in an economic downturn of historical severity. Here he also evades weighing in on Joe Barton's apology to BP, and slyly gets in a whine for being "piled on."
Dr. Paul the Lesser says: "As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again," Paul explained. "Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen."
So get out there and start flipping burgers, you lazy unemployed bastards!
Here is the audio.
Well, we know now that the repugnant obstructionism is contagious, as the most recent jobs bill was defeated by 57-41. The Damorats, of course, head for the hills at the first hint of a filibuster.
The demise of the bill means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had been counting on federal aid will now have to consider a fresh round of budget cuts, tax hikes and layoffs of state workers.
"This is a bill that would remedy serious challenges that American families face as a result of this Great Recession," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chief author of the bill. "This is a bill that works to build a stronger economy. This is a bill to put Americans back to work."
The bill had been sharply pared back after weeks of negotiations with GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine. The most recent version, unveiled Wednesday night, contained new cuts to food stamps and scaled back the state aid provision to allow Democrats to claim the measure was fully paid for except for the unemployment insurance extension.
That didn't move Republicans like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Of course, it's also possible that the Repugs aren't principled at all, and are willing to submerge the economy in order to grant the wishes of their party's leader, and make Obama fail.
Well, people, if this is what you like, be sure to vote for the Repugnicant of your choice in November. If you can drum up the car fare to make it to the polls
Then, we will be well and truly screwed, and it will be your fault.
H/T to BT for the last couple of links, but I've had this on the back burner for a few days.