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Offline Rapunzel

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White House blows up unemployment compromise
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:53:03 PM »
http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/06/white-house-blows-up-unemployment-compromise/

White House blows up unemployment compromise
3:34 PM 01/06/2014

White House officials Monday tried to blow up a nascent political compromise over a one-year, $25 billion extension of unemployment insurance.

The dramatic move came only a few hours before a close Senate vote, and amid a White House strategy to divert media and public attention from the imploding Obamacare program.

“We have an emergency right now. … The president believes we should pass this right away, no strings attached,” White House economic chief Gene Sperling said, while rejecting GOP calls for a compromise over the extension of unemployment benefits for people who have been unemployed for more than six months in Obama’s economy. (ANALYSIS: Obama’s 2014 strategy — my economy sucks)

GOP leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have repeatedly said they’d be willing to extend unemployment benefits if Democrats identified offsetting budget cuts or economy-boosting regulatory changes. GOP leaders want to minimize other political battles to focus voters’ attention on the Obamacare crash.

Sperling also tried to torpedo talk of a one-year compromise, and instead called for a three-month deal that would deliver another high-profile fight in early April, when Obamacare’s problems are expected to become even more dramatic.

Obamacare’s failure has deeply damaged Obama’s poll ratings, and may prompt voters in November to elect a GOP majority in the Senate.

Sperling also suggested that a single U.S. senator’s cooperation with Democratic leaders counts as a bipartisan compromise.

Congress should immediately pass legislation drafted by Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and freshman Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, Sperling said. “The compromise that is inherent in the Heller/Reed legislation is ‘Let’s move quickly and pass this three-month legislation now,’” Sperling said.
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Re: White House blows up unemployment compromise
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 10:37:27 PM »
If the economy is going so good, why are so many people laid off and need unemployment? Maybe Obummer should answer that question.

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Re: White House blows up unemployment compromise
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 12:17:21 AM »
If the economy is going so good, why are so many people laid off and need unemployment? Maybe Obummer should answer that question.

Why doesn't Boehner point this out????
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Re: White House blows up unemployment compromise
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 12:45:01 AM »
The republicans should have seen this coming and should have taken the lead on it rather than letting the fascists, I mean democrats, get a hold of the bit first.  That being said, they had damned well better show some smarts here and, if push comes to shove, give up on the offsets in exchange for the one-year extension because it is blatantly obvious that this is the only thing the democrats have left to distract people from Obamacare.

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Re: White House blows up unemployment compromise
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 12:52:11 AM »
The republicans should have seen this coming and should have taken the lead on it rather than letting the fascists, I mean democrats, get a hold of the bit first.  That being said, they had damned well better show some smarts here and, if push comes to shove, give up on the offsets in exchange for the one-year extension because it is blatantly obvious that this is the only thing the democrats have left to distract people from Obamacare.

Yep! And Boehner should make it a point to tell Obama publicly to get his arse in gear about creating new jobs, so that this won't have to happen again. He can put the onus on Obama, and get a pass for the GOP.


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