And then only to the extent of extending unemployment compensation and reprieves from Obamacare mandates. One is tempted to conclude that President Barack Obama and his party over the past five years have intentionally inhibited job creation and wrecked the private health insurance market in order to turn the employed and uninsured into government-dependents that must vote for Democrats in order to survive in subsistence poverty that they created.
What else to make of Obamanomics non-stimulus and Obamacare (ACA) bills that cancel insurance policies, raise premiums, and destroy full-time jobs; only to insist that “caring” about the recently-unemployed and recently-uninsured requires extending the benefits of the former as if an entitlement and delay the ACA’s individual mandate selectively only as to the latter. Meanwhile what of the millions of unemployed that never qualified for U.I. and that have dropped out of a job market that remains smaller today that when the so-called recovery began five years ago; and that were uninsured before Obamacare took effect.
We were happy to see Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggest before today’s cloture vote (passed 60-37 with six GOP votes, video further below) on the unemployment benefits bill that in exchange for a fifth year of “temporary” extensions, Democrats should agree to repeal job-killing taxes and regulations, including Obamacare’s. But in the final analysis, few Republicans, few Republicans have had the courage to take a stand against the bill based upon its harm to the unemployed lest they be branded as “heartless”. Rather, they whine about “paying” for the relatively puny $6.5 Billion cost, with cuts elsewhere.
Conservatives must make arguments against bills with easily identifiable recipients of checks that make clear the harm they and alternative policies not pursued cause to the forgotten men and women living in poverty who won’t receive checks. Shouldn’t “caring” take a holistic view? Are the merits of a bill established only by identifying identifiable entitlement beneficiaries? And could one Republican refute the assertion that former employees drawing U.I. benefits longer than 26 weeks (now up to 99 weeks) have “paid in”. They have not, and just as they are often the victims of Obamanomics, so to are the self-employed Americans denied income due to those same policies.
Republicans must muster the courage to oppose the transformation of unemployment benefits into another entitlement program that Democrats manipulate to buy votes and slander the GOP.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
What about economic policies for all Americans devastated by Obamanomics?