I, for one, am tired of politicians putting politics ahead of the good of the country. Congress had an opportunity to extend unemployment benefits, and yet cynically chose not to do it.
This time, however, I’m not talking about Republicans. I’m talking about Democrats, who chose to use this as an opportunity to set the narrative, rather than doing what they ostensibly believe in.
While grandstanding at the podium in favor of the legislation, House Democratic leaders pushed the legislation through the fast track. Why? Because it requires two-thirds approval, and they knew they didn’t have the votes to get 275 yeas.
I don’t care what party is doing this. It’s cynical, and it’s wrong. It’s lying to the American public, because this sleight of hand created the headline narrative that Republicans blocked the extension of unemployment benefits. Technically, it’s true, but it’s as misleading as claiming Nancy Pelosi was hiding the PPACA legislation from the public.
Republicans and Democrats usually are playing different games on the field. Yesterday, the House Democrats played the Republican game. Is this what you want?
- House Democrats play politics with unemployment benefits (seatoshiningsea.wordpress.com)
- House Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Extension (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Jobless benefits bill fails in House (politico.com)
- House Votes Against Jobless Benefits Extension (blogs.abcnews.com)
- House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (msnbc.msn.com)