Jan Brewer's Special Session, and the GOP's Hypocrisy

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Senate President Pearce: A life spent sucking on the public spigot...

Extending unemployment benefits to around 15,000 Arizonans still looking for work should be a no-brainer, assuming the wingnuts at the state Capitol had a pound of gray matter among 'em.

It's federal money that's pumped into the state's struggling economy, which according to the most recent numbers still suffers a 9.3 percent unemployment rate.

The move would cost the state nada, and the economic benefits are substantial. According to the bi-partisan Grand Canyon Institute, federal unemployment payouts equal a $3.2 million infusion of cash weekly into Arizona.

A recently-released GCI study estimates that this pump-priming will generate "$167 million in economic returns and $6 million in new state and local tax revenue over the remainder of 2011."

The extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has been approved by the U.S. Congress. All the state Legislature has to do is change one word in the Arizona Revised Statutes, and replace a "two" with a "three."

This lets the state to compare its current unemployment rate with that of three years ago, thus allowing an additional 20 weeks of unemployment to kick in for those who've been looking for work for 79 weeks. It's a bean-counter move, one the Legislature could have done months ago when it was still in session.

But the ideological nutcases who run the state Legislature, the same ones who believe in tax cuts aplenty for the rich and for corporations (essentially, welfare for the wealthy), couldn't bother themselves to make that one word change.

So Governor Jan Brewer, to her credit, has called the Legislature into session at the last minute to make this adjustment before the 15,000 lose their benefits come Saturday. Ironically, the fate of those 15,000 will be decided by politicians who themselves are waist-deep in the public trough.

That irony was not lost on Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny, who e-mailed me the following statement:

"It's par for the course that the Republican state legislators who drove our state economy into a ditch now need to get paid extra in a special session to make a one word change in the law that keeps jobless Arizonans from having their benefits snatched."

And yet, it's far from a done deal. In fact, conservanut Tom Jenney of the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a pimp for corporate bloodsuckers if there ever was one, is actively campaigning against the extension.

On a right-wing blog I like to call the Snorin' Alliance, Jenney encouraged people to contact their legislators and urge them to vote no. According to Jenney, unemployment benefits discourage job growth and make people lazy, a particularly arrogant assertion to make when your organization (and your job) is bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers.

"At this point," Jenney writes, "it appears that [Governor] Brewer and legislative leaders have not actually lined up the 20 Senate votes and the 40 House votes necessary to extend the benefits for the extra 20 weeks."

If the Legislature balks on Friday, when it will be in special session, the people of Arizona need to instigate a Wisconsin-style hullabaloo and hang high in effigy any legislator who votes nay.

Remember, in effigy. Enraged nonviolence still gets the point across.

Interestingly, the state GOP's ex-executive director (and apparent party animal) Brett Mecum recently admitted to a local scribe* that he worked it out with Arizona Republican Party Chair Tom Morrissey so that he would be fired instead of quit. Know why? So he could score weekly unemployment checks as he looked for another gig.

It's always amusing, and infuriating, to watch how all of these Teabagger types and so-called "Goldwater Republicans" game the system, but get up in arms when someone down on his or her luck needs a little help. 

State Senate President Russell Pearce, for instance, has spent his entire working life feeding off the largesse of government in one from or another. If government, which is inherently evil in the eyes of conservanuts, were to whittle away to nothing tomorrow, what would Pearce and his fellow hacks do? Shine shoes down on Main Street in Mesa?

That would be the day.

*Note: I failed to mention that the local scribe who scored this tidbit from Mecum was Dennis Welch of the Arizona Guardian


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Mistalee
Mistalee

"It's federal money that's pumped into the state's struggling economy,which according to the most recent numbers still suffers a 9.3 percent unemployment rate. "

If the feds say 9.3 bet that the real number is closer to twenty percent. The feds reporting of unemployment derives from those on the unemployment roles; the numbers don't include those who have exhausted their benefits and fallen off the radar, those who have gone homeless or for other reasons have dropped out of the system.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/20...

Bobby
Bobby

Think there might be a few bucks around to pay Americans out of work if Arizona didn't have to spend a few billions on illegal foreign nationals? As with Jason, Lord are you clueless. The funny thing is, you know all the facts, but can't seem to or purposely won't draw the conclusions that are so evident. C'ezt la vie, huh Mistaless?

Mistalee
Mistalee

This is a no-brainer, but then, so are you.

The state doesn't need to pony up the cash. The money is federal. Read the article, you fucking loon.

Bobby
Bobby

"The money is Federal", gee Mistalee, I guess that means it grows on trees. Taxpayers just come and pick it. Why do I even bother with these people?

Bobby
Bobby

Well, I'm sure what has happened to California is going to happen to Arizona, sooner of later----the federal government refuses to bail Calif out, even though it was the Federal government, that didn't do a thing about illegal immigraiton into the state and still doesn't. Arizona won't be immune, and that's when all you folks will be crying about how mean the state is for not helping you when you might need help. Just like the liberals in California, that, having their communites now ruined by crime, drug dealing, empty coffers, etc. are moving to places like Idaho or Colorado, etc. Just plain hypocrits, crying about how their little counter culture communities are now crowed,overdeveloped, and crime ridden. But they merrily go on their way supporting illegal immigration and massive immigration. Couldn't happen to nicer idiots.

Jason
Jason

Yuma County's unemployment rate is 25.5% Mistalee. What does that tell you about the parasites in the Legislature?

Harry Wisencraker Jr.
Harry Wisencraker Jr.

My first impression is thoughtless and stupid, but on deeper contemplation one realizes that the only solution is a couple of pounds of C-4 and a rainy day in Phx.

Bobby
Bobby

God are you cluless.  

Coz
Coz

Politicians make their living off sucking off the poor and giving their rich friends that bought them into office the rewards, worthless parasites is all they are,

Mistalee
Mistalee

These teabagger assclowns are convinced that so long as Gummint doesn't interfere with the market everything will be fine. It is a philosophy that is anologous to the belief that you will stay safely in your lane and arrive at your destination unscathed as long as you let the car go where it listeth and keep both hands off the steering wheel. 

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Whereas if we only trust in the driving skills of Governor Brewer everything will be OK.  Somehow I have some doubts about that.  As for Jenny the pimp for the corporate bloodsuckers, can't he advocate against a bad idea without being reviled?  Some people, myself included, think that increasing unemployment benefits is a bad idea.  Does that make me a pimp for corporate bloodsuckers.  I rather think that the businesses denounced provide employment and pay for food and rent for thousands of their employees through regular paychecks.  To me that sounds like a good thing.  Lemons apparently believes otherwise.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"I rather think that the businesses denounced provide employment andpay for food and rent for thousands of their employees through regularpaychecks."

Businesses aren't being denounced here. Corporate welfare was denounced.  So you favor welfare for the rich corporations but not for the unemployed among the working class? 

An extension of employment benefits would enable the jobless to continue spending their money with those businesses you so love. Duh.

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

I oppose reverse Robin Hooding by government regardless of the beneficiary be it a person or a company or a evil-evil corporation.

Mistalee
Mistalee

 Of course it is only the money going to unemployment benefits which is taken from taxpayers. The big bux given to business in the form of corporate welfare, that just falls magically from the sky.

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Taking money from people by force is never a polite thing to do.  At best it is necessary and at worst it is robbery.  As for my 6th grade education I wouldn't worry too much about that - I got it from the government.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

And guess what genius - the Constitution allows governments to tax people and entities (like corporations) it has granted permission to operate in the State under its laws.   If you think that having a 6th grade education qualifies you to comment on tax policy and whether it's right or not, you're wrong.  At least read the law regarding taxation (taking money from people by force) and you'll realize it's the right thing to do in a polite society.  Who our representative government takes money from is our choice which we make through our ballot. 

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

Tax money is taken from taxpayers by force.  Giving it to other people to spend doesn't make the original extraction OK.

Bobby
Bobby

"hang high every legislature in effigy that votes nay"

Fine, just don't have a pinata with a badge on it this time.

Jason
Jason

Ahh but we will Bobby. I've got pinatas that look like Pearce, the FF of MCSO, AG Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne, Governor Jan "Have Did" Brewer, County Attorney Bill "FF Lapdog" Montgomery, and, last but not least, my personal favorite, Bobby.

Bobby
Bobby

heheheheheheheheheheeeeeeeeee.....Your'e too funny or goofy as the case may be..

Coz
Coz

Yes, a bullseye with Bozo Joe's pitcure on it would be much better

Mistalee
Mistalee

Just like the one in my urinal!

BOSSKoffee
BOSSKoffee

Why not?

Bobby
Bobby

same comment as Johnny Young Gunz got applies to you. 

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

And sadly for you, those "pinatas with a badge on it" that may remind YOU of the Flaccid ol' Fool at the MCSO, is a hot seller. It's always on back order because it flies off the shelves rapidly.......... Smashing the face of evil is fun. You should buy one 'with a badge on it" and try it sometime. You just might feel better about yourself.

Bobby
Bobby

Too bad your too stupid or evil or both, that you don't recognize that the kids aren't going to see Arpaio in those pinatas but people that wear badges. Arizona has a great future with folks like you . 

Rational1
Rational1

Just imagine if Pearce, brewer or arpaio had a cabin in greer and their cabins were about to be destroyed by mother nature, then a bus load of illegals drove by. another example of hypocrisy would be shown as every ounce of energy from any person legal or illegal would be a welcomed guest to preserve their property.  

Coz
Coz

Let therm burn, as they do to so many.

Cyuditsk
Cyuditsk

The Pima county Sheriff's office is expecting thier murder of an inactive Marine to blow over.  They are very wrong.  I know that many of us here do not want to make enemies of police everywhere.  This is understandable and avoidable.  I cannot give you all here solid figures and reports of current police officers who are disgusted with the actions of the Pima SWAT, but it is obviously a widespread view of LEOs in AZ and elsewhere that their actions are at least unjustifiable.  There is no need to isolate ALL LEOs from the public that they seek to help.  In fact, we have the opportunity to isolate the barbarians who have a badge from the Protectors of the public who put barbarians behind bars.  Only in this case the barbarians are, falsely, a section of police and have no claim to the honorable tile of "Protector."  Police everywhere put up a wall to protect their own in times of stress.  But it is obvious that the Pima SWAT have no right to claim to be police, protectors, or even Americans due to their totally heinous and even unprofessional actions.  What we must do is to isolate the Pima SWAT from the honorable cops, not let up on the pressure to indict and convict them and see this through till each and every one of the murderers of an honorable Marine Patriot serves a proper term in prison. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Cyu,.....Your use of the word "Barbarians" is very appropriate in describing the mentality of many of the LEOs in Az. My job brought me into contact with cops from many agencies and most of them view the people they are supposed to protect as the enemy (Translated--- anybody outside of law enforcement is the enemy) and as I've said many times, I view the entire MCSO as an organized crime family.

Mistalee
Mistalee

 All very interesting, much of it true, all of it off-topic.

Cyuditsk
Cyuditsk

Sorry man, put it in the wrong place.

Coz
Coz

But still needed to be said

Jason
Jason

Let's see if Senate President Pearce and the rest of the dimwitted, clueless Republinuts have what it takes to fix this bullshit. If they don't, I know which ones to piss on!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Who to piss on first?

Coz
Coz

That pretty much measles all of them.

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