In her appearance on MSNBC’s The Ed Show Wednesday, Debbie Stabenow was silent on Tier 5 again. Once more, the 99ers are being completely ignored in favor of Washington focusing to extend the UI filing dates for the more recently unemployed Americans – those who have had their benefits, instead of those 99ers trying to survive on ZERO UI checks for more than 8 months.
Senator Stabenow (D- MI) along with 10 other Democratic Senators, waited until the very last minute before the Senate adjourned for 6 weeks back in August – to introduce S3706 (Tier 5) originally. Then when the Senate returned – S3706 was sent to committee to die, before the 99er NOVO movement forced some action to be taken. Unfortunately, the action Stabenow promised the NOVOs ended up being a lame half-effort by Stabenow and Whitehouse (D-RI) that was – you guessed it – at the very last minute before the Senate adjourned again for 6 more weeks back in September. It was the token Republican Senator George LeMieux (FL) who objected to Debbie Stabenow’s request for unanimous consent for her Discharge Resolution in order to bring the Americans Want to work Act to the Senate floor before the election.
[Stabenow's interview begins at 8:32 in the clip below]
The term ‘Washington is broken’ does not even begin to cover what is wrong with our government. Congress is also heartless, cruel, stupid, selfish and completely void of any moral constitution or conscience.
It is totally incomprehensible how in America our highly overpaid leadership, from the lowest ranking member of the House up through the President himself could allow millions of people to go hungry and homeless for months on end and refuse to even acknowledge the plight of the 99ers – let alone refuse to fix the problem.
Students Riot in London over Austerity Measures
We could learn well from our brethren across the pond. Tens of thousands of students marched through London on Wednesday against plans to triple university tuition fees, and violence erupted as a minority battled police and trashed a building containing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party. Organizers said 50-thousand students, lecturers and supporters demonstrated against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9-thousand pounds a year – three times the current rate – in the largest street protest yet against the government’s sweeping austerity measures.
The students in the video above are not even hungry, homeless or hurting people – they just want affordable education for a better life.
The 99ers are struggling to survive. Washington is responsible for deregulating Wall Street, allowing greedy bankers to ruin our economy then Congress bails them all out. Washington is responsible for rewarding those who ship our jobs overseas by the millions. Washington rather spend trillions on killing overseas then spend hundreds of billions of dollars improving living conditions on foreign shores – but Washington does NOTHING to help the American victims of the economic carnage directly caused by the failure of Congress to do their jobs right. (Right being to work in the best interests of the American public)
I suspect that very soon hurting Americans will rise up and send a clear, unmistakeable message to Washington that the poor will not be ignored any longer. After all – if American Protestors happened to get arrested, at least they will be fed and have a warm place to sleep for a few nights, more than many have at this point.
If you are waiting for Tier 5 to save the 99ers – don’t hold your breath – as Washington couldn’t care less about impoverished, hurting Americans. Not before the election, not during the Lame Duck Session and certainly not when the Republicans take over next year.