House GOP seeks unity in election-year challenge
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, and Rep.
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#1 Jan 22, 2012
"Election-year politics are certain to limit any attempts at an ambitious legislative session, but high-profile votes and issues can clarify the battle lines. Republicans made clear they will continue the fight over Obama's decision to block, at least temporarily, a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline known as Keystone XL.
Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Republicans were open to making it part of the next round of negotiations on a Social Security tax cut and unemployment benefits, an attempt certain to draw Democratic opposition. House and Senate negotiators face a Feb. 29 deadline to coming up with a plan for a yearlong extension that also resolves the question of Medicare reimbursements for doctors."
NO to XL Keystone
NO to tax cuts.
NO to unemployment extensions.
NO to overpriced Medicare reimbursement.
#2 Jan 22, 2012
I don't know why in the world we are reducing funds to a program already in trouble. I also don't understand the usefulness of turning a two-year paid vacation into a three year.
While it may be true that some really can't find work that pays enough to get off of unemployment, many are on it because it is a gift that keeps on giving.
My neighbor is an elderly guy who lives with his mother. He has no bills, his pickup truck is long paid for, he has no credit cards. After 18 years of service, his company like so many others closed down. He has no real skill.
During the two years he was on unemployment, I would often ask how the job hunt was going? He would always reply "what job hunt?" After taxes, he was making about $350.00 per week, and worked on the side painting buildings for cash. Why should he go back to work?
So how can we decipher who needs unemployment and who is abusing it? The answer is quite simple. We should extend unemployment for those on it longer than two years, but it's not free money. If you take the extra year that is being discussed, you have to pay it back once you start working again. Nothing outrageous. Perhaps $25.00 per weekly paycheck or $50.00 every two week paycheck. But it must be paid back. If you are pressing unemployment until you can reach the age to collect SS, then that money comes out of your SS checks.
Such a plan would push those who can work but don't off of unemployment, and for those that really need it, they will take the offer and payback the money in the future.
#3 Jan 22, 2012
Greedy Obstructionist Prostitutes for Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and various other robber barons. SHAME!!!!
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