- Posted January 31, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
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No "Offsets" for Sen. Ted Cruz's Government Shutdown But GOP Needs Offsets for Extending Unemployment?
But this same political party din't suggest finding ways to pay for the $24 billion that their government shutdown cost our country.
And that $24 billion didn't include the losses in the private sector by businesses whose livelihoods relied on tourists to National Parks and related support businesses that furloughed workers during this shut down.
While government employees got paid for their time retroactively, those workers in private sector jobs lost
income and fell further behind.
Have Republicans reached down into their own pockets and repaid those that have lost money because of the ideological decision to shut down our country?
Not a chance.
Last month, when 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost their extended benefits just after Christmas, the GOP left Washington DC for their Holiday vacation.
Now, Republican leadership say they need to pay for these extended benefits by finding cuts to other programs.
The $8 billion that was just cut from food stamps in the Farm Bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives was another example of what Republicans are willing to do to the middle class.
Not one dime was cut from farm subsidies which many in Congress receive themselves as because they own a farm.
It's time for Americans to reflect carefully about the choices they have to make in the upcoming election in 2014.
What type of human being do we want representing us in the next Congress?
Should we continue to allow the party that represents the prosperity of the few to be in charge?
Or do we want to elect those that will represent and vote for policies that promote the prosperity for all Americans?