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GOP AND NO SYMPATHY

In History, Politics on January 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Consider this exchange during the January 16 GOP debate in South Carolina.

The speakers: Moderator and Fox News Anchor Bret Baier and Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate and former speaker of the House.

BAIER: Speaker Gingrich, Senator Santorum just mentioned it, the surge in unemployment has created these so-called 99′ers, people who collect benefits for the maximum 99 weeks offered now. What is the maximum length anyone should be able to collect unemployment checks?

GINGRICH: …. All unemployment compensation should be tied to a job training requirement. If somebody can’t find a job…

(APPLAUSE)

… and they show up, and they say, “You know, I need help,” the help we ought to give them is to get them connected to a business-run training program to acquire the skills to be employable. Now the fact is, 99 weeks is an associate degree.

(APPLAUSE)

It — it tells you — I think it tells you everything. I — I hope my four colleagues would agree here. It tells you everything you need to know about the difference between Barack Obama and the five of us, that we actually think work is good.

(APPLAUSE)

We actually — we actually think saying to somebody, “I’ll help you if you’re willing to help yourself,” is good.

(APPLAUSE)

And we think unconditional efforts by the best food stamp president in American history to maximize dependency is terrible for the future of this country.

(APPLAUSE)

* * * * *

So, there you have it.

If you’re one of the estimated 14 to 25 million unemployed or under-employed Americans, don’t look to the GOP for help or even sympathy.

It’s all your fault.

It’s your fault that, today, more than 2 million Americans have been unemployed for at least 99 weeks—the cutoff point for unemployment insurance in the hardest-hit states.

It’s your fault that the longer a person is out of work, the less likely s/he is to find an employer willing to hire.

It’s your fault that employers blatantly discriminate against elderly or disabled applicants–resulting in huge unemployment rates for both.

It’s your fault that the government must bribe employerss–via tax credits or tax breaks–to behave like patriots instead of parasites and hire their fellow Americans.  

It’s your fault that there are no penalties for employers whose refusal to hire condemns millions of their fellow citizens to disaster.

It’s your fault that corporations across the country are now sitting atop $2 trillion in profits. 

It’s your fault that their CEOs are using those monies for enriching themselves, their bought-off politicians, their families—and often their mistresses.

It’s your fault that CEOs are using those monies to buy up their corporate rivals, throw even more Americans into the streets, and pocket their profits.

It’s your fault that CEOs are using those profits to create or enlarge companies outside the United States.

It’s your fault that the one expense CEOs refuse to underwrite is hiring their fellow Americans.

It’s your fault that CEOs want to pay their un-American employees far lower wages than would be tolerated by employees within the United States.

It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American employee-protection laws–such as those mandating worker’s compensation or forbidding sexual harassment.

It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American consumer-protection laws–such as those banning the sale of lead-contaminated products (a hallmark of Chinese imports).

It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American laws protecting the environment–such as those requiring safe storage of dangerous chemicals.

It’s your fault that the loss of jobs within the United States owes to companies’ moving their operations abroad—solely to pay substandard wages to their new employees.

It’s your fault that mass firings of employees usually accompany corporate mergers or acquisitions.

It’s your fault that many employers victimize part-time employees, who are not legally protected against such threats as racial discrimination, sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.

It’s your fault that many employers refuse to create better than menial, low-wage jobs.

It’s your fault that right-wing politicians encourage corporate employers to extort “economic incentives” from cities or states in return for moving to or remaining in those areas.

It’s your fault that such “incentives” usually absolve employers from complying with laws protecting the environment and/or workers’ rights.

It’s your fault that many employers refuse to provide medical and pension benefits—nearly always in the case of part-time employees, and, increasingly, for full-time, permanent ones as well.

It’s your fault that such employers want, in short, to enrich themselves at the direct expense of their country. 

It’s your fault if you’ve forgotten that, in decades past, such conduct used to be called treason–and punished accordingly.

And it’s your fault if you vote for GOP politicians who support such corrupt and ruinous policies.

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