GOP actions might haunt them later

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With Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell grinning, the Senate Republicans filibustered the bill to extend unemployment insurance to 22 million unemployed.

They are spreading the false impressions that the unemployed are lazy and just waiting for handouts -- and if the unemployment insurance is extended, our debt would be overwhelming. How proud the Republicans are for taking food off the table in the richest country in the world, using debt as an excuse.

Could it be that McConnell and his crowd are cynically playing politics with those desperate for jobs, and are blocking extended unemployment insurance as a killer tool to embarrass the administration so that the election goes their way? Or is it that the Republicans believe that unemployed are the lowest caste in our country, and don't deserve looking after?

Whatever their motives, voting against 22 million people will have its consequences. The pundits predict a disaster for the Democrats in the November election. Could it be that the McConnell crowd, with all its machinations, will not be grinning when the people using food stamps to survive decide to vote for the Democrats? I hope so!

These same Republicans argue that the stimulus package that they voted against did nothing for Georgia and the country. Well, if it wasn't for this funding, the public schools in Georgia would be closed. Gov. Sonny Perdue initially refused the funding -- but with our state Democrats pointing out that without it we could not balance the state budget, he accepted it.

The only conclusion must be that the Republicans do not want public education. In fact, Perdue's current program allowing up to 30 kids in class and furloughing teachers will lead to an even higher dropout rate, of which we must be surely ashamed.

As far as the pundits are concerned, the election in November may tell the tale -- not of President Obama's negatives, but of the Republican's continued disregard for the welfare of the people.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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Chillen
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Chillen 07/19/10 - 09:31 pm
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The republicans have been

The republicans have been voting down pretty much all the spending bills, not just this one. It's called Fiscal Responsibility, try it out some time.

Each man cannot carry another man forever, eventually their back will break. As much as you want to help them, at some point they've got to stand up and walk on their own. 18 months of taxpayer funded unemployment pay is more than enough. It's been extended too much already.

Nice liberal talking point though, I see you got your marching orders to continue the unemployment attack on republicans.

Keep drinking your kool-aid Mr. Greenbaum, we'll see what November brings.

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willie7 07/19/10 - 10:07 pm
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All of you better hope the
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All of you better hope the Republicans don't become the majority in congress come November. We will have a depression instead of a recession. The Neo-Cons want to cut taxes in order to reduce entilements.The Plan --if SSI, food stamps and welfare are downsized, there would be a pool of cheap labor and would help to eliminate the illegals.

impossible
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impossible 07/19/10 - 10:27 pm
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The unemployed would prefer
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The unemployed would prefer jobs to unemployment benefits. It's obvious that Obama prefers to keep them unemployed. Apparently the letter writer agrees with the job-killing, economy-killing, hope-killing policies of Obama and the egg-head thugs he surrounds himself with.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/19/10 - 10:47 pm
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Lowell it isn't about whether

Lowell it isn't about whether the unemployed are lazy or not. It is about record deficits that are UNSUSTAINABLE. People need to take some responsibility for themselves and the government needs to stop spending money because the money isn't there.

And Chillen to say Republicans are about fiscal responsibility and voting down spending bills is a johnny-come-lately plan. They don't know anything about fiscal responsibility....they just want to spend the money on other things.

And willie - the plan to cut welfare and FORCE Americans to either work unskilled labor jobs, which is all many of them are qualified to perform anyway, and curb illegal immigration is the Libertarian plan has been for some time. If there are no jobs for illegals and they can't get welfare and free healthcare then they won't be coming across the border in droves. If Americans can't get all the welfare and won't work then they won't be a drain on our society for very long. Personally for the sake of security I would still like to see a big ole wall on the border and a one mile red zone on this side of the wall with high caliber, high powered rifles mounted high in the air and automated to shoot by motion and infrared sensors. That is called protecting your sovreign border.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/20/10 - 12:52 am
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All that this administration

All that this administration along with the democratically controlled congress has done is create more debt in 400 days than President Bush did in either of his 2 terms. Spend, Spend, Send and to heck with fiscal responsibility, acountibility or anything else for that matter. Who cares if we are broke, just tax more. Who cares if Americans don't have jobs, just give them unemployment by taxing those who are working more and therefore reducing jobs available. The few jobs created by the billions spent by this administration have mostly been government jobs meaning higher taxes in the future to extend those positions and with small business owners knowing higher taxes are coming jobs will not be forthcoming. With the creation of health care, everyone, yes even those who don't make $200,000.00 or more per year will be taxed more. Many on unemployment don't need it but since they have lost their jobs they are taking back what they have put into it. Many others simply do choose to be lazy and not go get a job because there are plenty of hourly jobs availalbe and although they might not be the best of jobs if unemployment wasn't available, they would have no choice but to go and get a job. Many on unemployment aren't even US citizens as the amount of waste and fraud in this agency by the agencies own admission is rampant. Instead of extending welfare beyond 3 months, how about do something to really solve the problems and stimulate growth in the economy....REDUCE the size of government, reduce spending in government, reduce taxes on ALL US citizens and businesses, Do away with social programs for those capable of working so they will take care of theirselves vs. relying on the taxpayers. It always amazes me how many US Citizens who are truely handicapped are able to find employment and have a great work ethic and don't rely on the government even though they could compared to the many who are capable of working and yet they just can't ever find a job, have no work ethics, etc. but thanks to the taxpayers paying for their homes, food, transportation, etc. they are able to have money for their cigarettes, cablevision, cell phones, alcohol and other necessities. And, by the way, the republicans didn't say they wouldn't approve extending benefits they simply said the money must come from somewhere so if we are going to give millions to people for not working then we must cut the budgets in others areas to find the funding and the letter writer is smart enough to know this but chooses to simply ignore that fact. Mabye if the obama administration wasn't giving millions to "green job" start up businesses which have resulted in each job being created costing the US taxpayer over $500,000.00 PER JOB then we could find the funding needed to help the needy. Bottom line is that the government has very little control over these social programs no matter who is in charge (republicans or democrats) and major changes are needed. Social programs paid for by the taxpayers should be for those who are unable to help theirselves and others should be helped by friends, family, charity or by theirselves not the taxpayers.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/20/10 - 01:05 am
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Lowell, Obama promised to

Lowell, Obama promised to create all the jobs we need. Why do we need more unemployment benefits? How's that change working out for you, America?

Nightwing
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Nightwing 07/20/10 - 01:49 am
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Wher are all the "shovel

Wher are all the "shovel ready Jobs" that the stimulus money was to have been used for?
Also, These same Republicans argue that the stimulus package that they voted against did nothing for Georgia and the country. Well, if it wasn't for this funding, the public schools in Georgia would be closed. Why ten are we furloghing all the treachers and doing away with some school programs?

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Riverman1 07/20/10 - 03:49 am
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Obama said in Oct. he

Obama said in Oct. he wouldn't support extension of the unemployment benefits unless the funding was there. It isn't, but he now wants to extend it way past two years. Little inconsistency there, don't you think?

Unemployment benefits should be about a month at most. Paying people not to work doesn't work. Paying people to work is how it should work.

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55 F-100 07/20/10 - 04:22 am
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So many entitlement programs

So many entitlement programs could and should be trimmed back. Why is it that the U.S.A. rewards irresponsible behavior on the part of young girls who birth babies out of wedlock...why is this a career path for these underachievers who never planned to graduate high school and make something out of themselves other than to be the object of their "baby-daddy"'s affection just long enough to upload their future career path....housing allowances, food stamps, etc. Why should illegal alien parents be allowed to download an "anchor baby" in order to let them hang around.....and.....open up the steady stream of entitlement $ and benefits? School $$$ is wasted on the children whose parent(s) have no desire to know what and how their child is performing in school? All disability $$$$ should be reviewed in order to determine how many freeloader scammers are taking advantage of this entitlement program. And the unempolyment monies going to people who use it to spend the summer hiking through Europe before they want to get serious about really finding a job? And how many $$$ of scholarships, grants, and H.O.P.E. go to illegal's? Yes there is much to be done, and we can get to the task just as soon as the obamazombies and Prezbojangles are voted out of Washington.

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carcraft 07/20/10 - 04:39 am
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Riverman-You are correct- and

Riverman-You are correct- and only half the money in the "stimulus" package has been spent- why not use some of that for unemployment benefits? Because Obama wants to bankrupt America! Obama's justice department now calls the health care mandate a tax-What a liar Obama is when he denied it was a tax on national television..

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/20/10 - 05:06 am
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Lowell, you make several

Lowell, you make several misstatements and mischaracterizations about the goals and efforts of the Repubs and then go on to attack the misinformation as though it has merit. As a sound bite on a left wing talk show this might work, but as a letter to the editor it's just obvious third rate propaganda for the uninformed, or Dem base.
The welfare people are already in the Dem pocket and the unemployed are tired of living on the taxpayers handouts.
Only when the stranglehold of this socialist regime is broken will things improve. Informed voters know this.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/20/10 - 05:19 am
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if you keep giving things for

if you keep giving things for free people will take it..if you dont expect responsibility then it will be taken advantage of..fienstein baccus and other democrats offered this fear last fall when benefits were extended. where are they now? if we keep spending money we dont have, the dollar and the economy will collapse. then mr greenbaum how will you pay for anything.. do we keep just spending and hurt everyone..im sorry i know people who wont work as long as the trough of govt funds is full and replenished.. we all do..

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Dixieman 07/20/10 - 05:21 am
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Lowell, Lowell,

Lowell, Lowell, Lowell...(sighs and goes to next website).

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/20/10 - 05:36 am
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The incompetent-in-chief and
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The incompetent-in-chief and this Dem run congress have approval rating sinking faster than the Titanic. Since his party, Democrat, has no real answers to the problems this country faces except higher taxes on "the rich," it's no wonder Greenbomb can't do anything but rant about those evil Republicans. You gotta admit though, it is entertaining.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 07/20/10 - 06:53 am
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How's the Hope and Change

How's the Hope and Change working out for you, Lowell?

KSL
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KSL 07/20/10 - 07:10 am
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Don't tell me it's time for

Don't tell me it's time for another letter from him. I'm not reading it.

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curly123053 07/20/10 - 07:14 am
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This man has got to be on

This man has got to be on drugs to be so delusional. I have heard nothing but stupid come out of him in each of his LTE. I think his policies would be worse that the Prez if he was up there.

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justthefacts 07/20/10 - 07:18 am
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Obviously even the libs who

Obviously even the libs who post here are speechless. This letter is wack.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/20/10 - 07:25 am
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I don't know which is more
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I don't know which is more idiotic, Lowell Greenbomb or the local Dem party that keeps him as chairman. I think it's a toss up.

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deportem 07/20/10 - 07:39 am
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Charity begins at home!

Charity begins at home! Maybe we should bring all of our troops home from around the world, round up and remove every Illegal Alien, and give the jobs to Americans.
The Democratic (?) and Republican parties are the enemies of the average American taxpayer. What we need is a truly democratic form of government where the people actually have control-not the politicians! The only trick is how to do it without a violent revolution. However, the crooks in charge won't just go away quietly.

GAterp
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GAterp 07/20/10 - 07:45 am
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I want to REFUDIATE this

I want to REFUDIATE this letter. He, he, he.

OnlyinAgs1
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OnlyinAgs1 07/20/10 - 07:53 am
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GAterp refute it as well.

GAterp refute it as well.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/20/10 - 08:17 am
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terp, it is written rather

terp, it is written rather STUPIDLY...isn't it? hehe.

dashiel
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dashiel 07/20/10 - 08:22 am
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It is a relief to know that

It is a relief to know that the Republicans are now claiming to have fiscal responsibility and want to close the barn door after the horse is gone. Their two unnecessary wars drag on with the bill now approaching a trillion dollars and countless lost and ruined lives.

I know tuition is high these days, but a trillion dollars is more than enough to waste on people with the cognitive skills of a goldfish. Why not just give every Republican a certificate that certifies that they are qualified to learn how to park cars at a barbecue?

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dichotomy 07/20/10 - 08:34 am
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The Republicans are IN FAVOR

The Republicans are IN FAVOR of extending unempolyment benefits. They just want the Democrats to cut wasteful spending SOMEWHERE to pay for it. Or maybe take it out of the OBAMA SLUSH FUND called the "stimulus" money. You know, money we borrowed, are paying interest on, but is laying around somewhere doing NOTHING. Of course, the portion of the "stimulus" that did get spent is apparently doing NOTHING too. But no, the Democrats are not going to break into their OBAMA SLUSH FUND to extend unemployment benefits. They have to save that money to give to their "special" people. They definitely don't want to use OBAMA SLUSH FUND money to extend unemployment benefits to folks who are probably going to vote against them in November. The Republicans are right on this issue. There is plenty of "stimulus" money to extend unemployment benefits without going into additional debt and borrow more money from China but Obama and the Democrats won't give us our own money back. Don't believe Democrat lies about this issue. The Republicans ARE IN FAVOR OF EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT. They just want to use OBAMA SLUSH FUND MONEY TO DO IT BUT THE DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING OUT ON THE AVAILABLE MONEY TO GIVE TO THE UNIONS AND OTHER "SPECIAL" PEOPLE.

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Rhetor 07/20/10 - 08:42 am
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There is a major

There is a major misunderstanding in some of the conservative posts. Unemployment benefits are only available to people who are laid off through no fault of their own. If you don't look for a job or if you get fired, you don't get unemployment benefits. In the long run, unemployment insurance is a self-funded insurance program. Welfare programs are a much different thing and, by the way, conventional welfare programs were pretty much eliminated during the Clinton administration.

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Chillen 07/20/10 - 08:42 am
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dashiel. At least the

dashiel. At least the Republicans are trying to do the right thing. Obama's spending FAR outweighs the cost of the wars (which by the way, Obama can end at any point)

While the American public is tightening their belts, losing their homes, losing their jobs or businesses, Obama & pals party, golf and vacation as if nothing was going on. Taking the little wealth we have left and giving it to social justice programs and their buddies.

Has the stimulus spending helped you? If you are a taxpayer (one of the 50% who actually pays taxes) then the answer is probably no. It hasn't impacted my life one single bit either.

Given the two choices, I'll take the reformed republicans. You can have your "change".

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/20/10 - 08:43 am
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PS, I am very glad that

PS, I am very glad that Republicans are (finally) beginning to appreciate fiscal responsibility. If only (sigh) they would ever learn to practice it when they are in power.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/20/10 - 08:49 am
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rhetor. That is not true.

rhetor. That is not true. We had to fire an employee a few years ago and she was awarded unemployment.

She was given specific, reasonable goals that needed to be achieved and she failed to achieve them (every one else was able to do it). She was given documentation in writing, verbal warnings and was treated very fairly.

She applied for unemployment. A government employee called us and "interviewed" us as a formality and then she was granted her unemployment benefits. Even though she was fired for not performing her job.

Unemployment is self funded and employer funded. However, even if you've worked for 15 years, the amount you and your employer have put in for you would run out in less than 60 days. 18 months is 16 months too long. At the 3 month point it becomes welfare.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/20/10 - 10:03 am
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Chillen, the federal

Chillen, the federal guidelines on this issue are very clear. The South Carolina official website states: "If losing your job wasn’t your fault and your employer(s) paid taxes in your name, you can receive unemployment benefits if your year’s income prior to the quarter you lost work meets a specified minimum." The official Georgia website states: "Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for another job, have definite recall to their jobs within 6 weeks of the last day worked, or are in approved training." Not knowing the facts of the case you cite, and not being a lawyer, I don't know what else to say. Do you think that somebody in your case might have fudged the system? If so, that kind of thing obviously needs to be stopped.

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