Street to Senate: Get to Work for the Jobless

Colorlines hits the streets to send a message to Congress–Get to work on joblessness.

As Kai Wright blogs, as many as 400,000 people are at risk of losing unemployment insurance as soon as April 5th. Republicans are going to fight any extension of benefits in the face of a crisis of epic proportions. Because all of a sudden when it is about helping out working class, mostly people of color, deficits are a huge problem.

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  • Comrade Kevin

    It’s a big reason why Medicaid is so screwed up and why Medicare is run so efficiently. Medicaid serves, by in large, people of color, the disabled, and the poor. Medicare serves everyone of retirement age, especially the middle class and above.

  • Gesyckah

    Fine, don’t pass it. The sooner mass amounts of Americans start starving and rioting the sooner we can change our economic system to something sane. Social welfare for the un/under employed is a way to ease tensions and will always be needed now that technology is rapidly eliminating human labor jobs.

  • orestes

    But are such extensions really a way to build a sustainable economy?

  • allegra

    But is randomly starting wars in poor countries that can’t fight back every few years and then occupying them for decades really a way to build a sustainable economy? :/
    The fact is, legislators would rather “lower the deficit” on the backs of the poor and working class than the wealthy and corporate America. The lower classes are always expected to “make the sacrifices” when sacrifices need to be made. Did you notice the CEOs who drove their companies into the ground making any “sacrifices” worth speaking of? Funny, neither did I. Did taking $1 a year in compensation affect their massive wealth in any way, or cause them any of the actual hardship of, say, not knowing if you can pay your rent, that many of the rest of us experience at some point? No. One author wrote that the wealth gap is currently equivalent to every person in the bottom 80% of wealth holders writing a $7,000 check to the top 1% of wealth holders every year. Pretty great, this neoliberal capitalism.
    This is not to say that national deficits are not a problem. But the wealthy and the blood-sucking multinational corporations are causing (and should be paying for) a whole lot more of it than the rest of us. Of course, our current suckified version of health-care “reform” isn’t going to help much, either.

  • allegra

    Also, Bunning is a tremendous dick. He’s screwing *his own constituents*; Kentucky has the 12th/13th highest unemployment rate in the country.
    Why would people even vote for this douche? Baffling.

  • orestes

    Starting wars for some political causes may be a way to build a sustainable economy, but that’s not necessarily the right way to build one. I don’t mind taxing the rich more heavily or even “a lot more” heavily than the poor, but that money needs to go to purposes which do not hurt the quality of health care and other services.
    What do you mean by “suckified version” of your health-care “reform”? Doesn’t it hurt competition in the quality of services as much as your preferred system would?