Republicans Will Let Americans Starve?

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Are Republicans willing to let some Americans starve? There are well over a million Americans who rely on unemployment benefits to help feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. The keyword is “help.” Those who have been on unemployment will attest to it being impossible to live off of unemployment benefits and sustain a comfortable lifestyle. Recipients of unemployment were most likely laid off due to the downsizing and cut backs of their former place of employment. Once they apply for unemployment, this also means downsizing and cutting way back on basic living for many. Contrary to what some Republicans might believe, unemployment benefits provides assistance in the interim of finding employment so that families will have their basic needs covered such as eating a meal and keeping their heat on during the winter.

It is not enough money to live solely on. Some conservative groups believe continuing to provide unemployment benefits is an incentive to the unemployed to remain unemployed. Many Americans want to find a job and end their day knowing they worked hard for a paycheck to care for their families. The Senate eliminating unemployment benefits to many long-term unemployed Americans leaves them with absolutely nothing to take for their families.

ABC News reported the Senate was one vote short of granting an extension to the millions of unemployed Americans in need. The request to extend unemployment benefits for three months to the many Americans still unable to find employment during a down economy was denied. Four Republicans joined forces with the Democrats to grant the extensions. 60 votes were needed and one Republican held out. The report went onto to say that Democrats knew their efforts would fail placing blame on the Republican party for having no interest in returning the flow of unemployment checks. According to CNN 1.7 million long-term unemployed who have been cut off from receiving benefits. Many are asking why.

The Republicans only answer is the deficit. The Democrats offered a compromise that would cost $6 billion for three months by increased employment contribution to pension programs. Reportedly the Republicans response to that was to increase military cost-of-living payments. As Democrats and Republicans continue to battle offering amendment after amendment, over a million American families are suffering.

Both parties are pointing the finger at the other for the state of the economy. President Obama searches for ways to create more jobs, so that more Americans can find employment. Some Republicans believe the only answer to end unemployment is for President Obama to find 1.7 million people jobs. The question burning in the 1.7 million long-term unemployed is until more jobs are created, what are they to do in the meantime to survive.

More and more people are starting home-based businesses taking their last dime to invest in their own rescue. Such companies as 5LINX, Mary Kay, Herbal Life, and the list goes on are experiencing an increase in growth during a down economy. These companies were once looked upon by most as side businesses that many would treat as a hobby for some additional play money. Many Americans believe they have run out of options. As the homeless rate increases as well as crime and drug addiction due to desperation and stress, Democrats and four Republicans search with urgency for a life jacket or a safety net to save the sinking 1.7 million people who helped to build this country to what it is today. The fight continues to save Americans from starvation. The fight also continues to…“let them eat cake.”

Editorial By Meleika Gardner

ABC News

17 Responses to "Republicans Will Let Americans Starve?"

  1. Moira   February 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Forget about not being able to eat, some of us unemployed are directly looking at homelessness. My unemployment benefits barely covered my rent. Now I am looking at not having utilities at the end of this month and am far behind on my rent.

    The senate should be ashamed of themselves. Why is it whenever cuts need to be made, due to the “deficit”, it is always taken from those most in need? The poor, our senior citizens, the disabled and the unemployed are expected to go without while basic office workers in DC are making far above the national average.

    We are not lazy, stupid or looking for a hand-out; there just aren’t any jobs!!

  2. John   February 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

    For those of you who feel compelled to answer knuckleheads who make moronic and uninformed opinions about others’ plight with “If it were me” or “Just get a job” statements, don’t waste your time. Many who make such callous statements would be the first to scream if they found themselves in such dire straits. They think it can’t or won’t happen to them so they delude themselves that they will pull themselves up without help. Should it happen to them, God help them. Then let’s hear what they have to say.

  3. Mike D   February 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    The republications are way out of order on this situation. Aren’t you even listening to what the people need we are starving and can’t find a JOB President OBama stand up and sign that executive order NOW.

  4. fjoy   February 7, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Republicans are heartless. How do they sleep at night? Their taxpayer paid salaries and benefits are safe and secure even after they’ve left office. They are sent there to represent the people and not corporations. Those who qualify for unemployment insurance have earned it; it’s not a welfare handout. This has been a harsh and bitter cold winter for those unemployed in more ways than one. God bless…

  5. DL Bares   February 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

    All members of the senate and house can easily help. Each has a “honey pot” of money for travel, local and home state offices, staff, mail service and the list goes on. The President has a bigger “honey pot”. Combined, they also have a common pot for discretionary spending. All of these needs are met by we the taxpayers. How about really showing the taxpayers that you care? Put all on hold or cut back substantially so we can help our unemployed brothers and sisters? Use these funds to extend unemployment benefits!

  6. Bruce Strong   February 7, 2014 at 5:33 am

    The Congressional Budget Office projects that interest payments on the national debt will be $233 billion this year, or 1.3% of the economy. By 2024, interest payments will reach $880 billion, or 3.3% of GDP. That means interest payments will account for most of the projected $1,100 billion deficit in 2024. While the US deficit continues to drop, the debt continues to rise. The CBO projects that under current policies, US debt will reach $21 trillion or 79% of GDP by 2024. That would be its highest level in more than 75 years and nearly double the long-term average of 40% of GDP. So how’s that “Hope and Change” thingy working for you… Seems like a grand bargain, the rich get richer and the poor get government provided food stamps, housing and medicaid. The US solution is to just print more money and keep making interest payments on the US debt to all those rich folks!

  7. juggalo six   February 7, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Unemployment is not for a “comfortable living” it is to hold you over until you get a new job. The author of this is so lopsided and uneducated they are completely clueless. Get a job, and not just one that meets your standards. Benefits not enough? Get a job or move to where they are. Not that hard.

    • Colleen   February 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Your solution is just so simple “get a job or move”. Easy to say when your employed. We are a family of 5, and both my husband and I are among the long term unemployed. We are, and always have been, hard workers. My husband collects cans and scrap metal, has done any thing he can to support our family, as have I. We have taught our children, who are now young adults just starting out, to work hard and make an honest living. Guess what! NO one lives in comfort on unemployment. How can we move a family of 5 to another area when we can’t sell our home? I have always been a Republician but now I am so sick of them all. This is not about a hand out and.not wanting to work. We are “un” employed, meaning we had been employed. Worked for over 25 years. If it were so easy, as your remarks imply, we would be

    • fj   February 22, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Only a Republican heartless misinformed person could make such a statement. Juggalo six, you need a reality check. God bless America!

  8. Jenna Louise Holly   February 7, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I just used the last of my last unemployment check to meet with a recruiter about a job yesterday. I have phone and internet for one more month. Then, the only way prospective employers will be able to contact me is by smoke signal. Perhaps one of these idiots can loan me a cup to beg for cash until I find a job.

  9. Taco   February 7, 2014 at 5:20 am

    If 6 months of benefits hasn’t been enough, then 3 more months wont help either. What you get is the jobless “burning” through their benefits, not looking for work till the end. You don’t ride this wonderful benefit until its gone and then start looking, you go get a job immediately.

  10. Sandra Baker   February 7, 2014 at 5:13 am

    One Vote out ways over a million it is time our president stands up and signs that executive order NOW.

  11. CRH   February 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Well let’s see, My long term unemployment ran out on 10/2013. My blue state of Illinois can’t even supply me with SNAP (food stamps) or Public Aid until 4/2014..So who’s letting who starve??

  12. Some1udontknow   February 7, 2014 at 5:11 am

    People are to comftable with getting a handout all the time. It’s time to make them actually go out and work for their money. The title of the artile is pathetic, you mind as well have said “Republicans are killing Americans!” You’re writers on this website are closed minded, it’s sad.

    • Some1udontknow   February 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

      It’s early… It should have been your instead of you’re.

    • Graham Noble   February 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Everyone has their opinion. We publish all opinions on this site. Personally, I tend to agree with your point of view. The President has been in office for 5 years. For the first two of those years, his party had total control of Congress – and control half of it to this day. I’m not, by any means, a huge fan of the Republican Party, but they are getting the blame because Democrats never take responsibility and neither does this President.

      Graham J Noble
      Deputy Managing Editor, World News & Politics
      Guardian Liberty Voice

  13. melissa   February 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Amazed by how heartless some senators are. Americans are struggling and they don’t care. Without benefits some of us will lose our homes, go into further debt, and not be ableto take care of our children. Why did we put them in office, if they aren’t willing to help us in a major time of need. Shame on those senators. Oh but wait, why should they worry about us, they make tons of money to not support us.


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