Monday, December 6, 2010

Not a Good Week to be Poor

Of course, there never is a good time to be poor.

But in the past week we have Holidays about survival as jobless benefits end:
Congressional opponents of extending the benefits beyond this month say fiscal responsibility should come first. Republicans in the House and Senate, along with a handful of conservative Democrats, say they're open to extending benefits, but not if it means adding to the $13.8 trillion national debt.
But apparently unfunded tax cuts for those earning millions annually are an acceptable reason to add to the deficit.

And in Olympia, the nominally democratic governor is proposing elimination of the state's Basic Health Plan, which exists to serve those who otherwise simply won't have health coverage.

Apparently there are a whole lot of people currently in politics who think that Hoover had the right ideas in 1931.

ETA: Apparently the Congress and the President have reached an agreement to extend both unemployment benefits (for people who desperately need them) and tax cuts for the top 2% (definitely not needed).

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