|Well, Kentucky's Republican delegation has once again shown their true colors. Their sorry asses are covered and they think all of us in the great unwashed masses should suffer their incompetence. They care little about the families and livelihoods they destroyed by the outsourcing of jobs and the crashing of our economy and today they showed once again that they hold the average American in complete scorn and will do anything to let Corporate America run roughshod over anyone.
Today every Republican House member in the Kentucky delegation except Geoff Davis, who did not even have the decency to show up and vote voted for continued outsourcing and the heartless and quite frankly gutless cutting off of millions effected by their own failed policy of desperately needed funding. They did find time to serve their true masters by trying to keep tax loopholes open for Corporations that outsource jobs.
Of course, why should they care about real Americans who are hurting??:
The single largest item in the bill is the single most stimulative form of government spending - the bill would extend unemployment insurance benefits until the end of November 2010, at a cost of about $40 billion. This provision is designed to help the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their state-based benefits and are in tiers 1-3 of the federally funded extension. The bill would not add a fifth tier of benefits, but would extend the filing deadline to November 30 for people in tiers I (20 weeks), II (14 weeks) and III (13 weeks for states with unemployment rates above 6%) whose benefits are expiring and are looking to move into the next tier of benefits. The current filing deadline for these extended federal benefits tiers is May 31. The bill would also extend COBRA health care benefits for unemployed workers until November 30.
Why should they care if doctors are going to face a huge pay cut, they do not think that you should have the right to see those doctors anyway:
The next largest item in the bill isn't as directly stimulus related. It would extend a scheduled 21.2% cut in Medicare reimbursement to doctors until January 2012. The scheduled cut is the result of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which says that the amount of Medicare dollars paid to doctors will be automatically cut when that cost outpaces inflation. But these automatic cuts have been delayed repeatedly by Congress since 2003, hence the gigantic accumulated cut doctors are facing now.
Their only reason for being in Washington is to rape the American worker and coddle those who would help them to do so, all while being bailed out and getting a tax cut for crashing the economy:
To pay for some of this new spending, the bill would raise taxes on hedge fund managers. This is a big revenue source that Congress has been eyeing for years, but that so far the hedge fund industry and their lobbyists have been able to avoid. Currently, hedge fund managers' income is taxed at the lower capital gains tax rate rather than the regular income tax rate, which is higher. It creates situations where billionaires end up paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. As a concession to the industry, which has been lobbying hard for years against the tax increase, the Democrats decided to chnage the wasy only the first 60% of hedge fund manager income is taxed; 40% would still be taxed at the lower rate. It would also close a corporate tax loophole that allows American companies to operate offshore without paying taxes to either the U.S. or the foreign country, and it would prevent some high-earning service professional from avoiding Social Security taxes by calling themselves an S corporation.
My Congressman, Exxon Ed Whitfield spewed the typical Republican talking point on anything that reigns in Corporate abuses even minimally, and stops our middle-class jobs from spilling out like oil from a blown BP drilling rig:
The House of Representatives passed, and Whitfield opposed, changes to H.R. 4213, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010, which Whitfield originally opposed and was originally passed by the House in December and a similar version was passed by the Senate in March. The bill extends a number of programs passed in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly referred to as the "stimulus bill," and extends some tax credits and reductions on a temporary basis while implementing permanent tax increases.
The legislation passed today would increase spending by $102 billion and raises taxes by $47.8 billion. The bill continues and expands a number of initiatives created under the "stimulus bill" including a program which encourages states to expand their welfare caseloads.
Which begs the question of these Republicans, where was all this concern about the deficit when you were passing those huge tax cuts for the very rich?? When you were starting failed wars and ignoring your own incompetence?? Where was all this concern for the deficit as they deregulated the very folks they are still protecting and crashed the economy causing the huge banking bailout and requiring a "stimulus" and "jobs bill" to begin with??
They plain and simple fact of the matter is that the Republicans in Kentucky could care less about the deficit, debt, or the average American worker. They go away scot-free are filthy rich and are laughing at you behind your face as you struggle to feed you family. Their is only one debt that is important to them and that is throwing away your tax dollars to the greediest and least patriotic among us. Kentucky Republicans are only good for one kind of job creation, tearing down the infrastructure that used to house middle-class Kentucky jobs: