I can imagine no greater cruelty than the Republican block on extending unemployment insurance to millions of Americans desperate for jobs. At the very least one cannot travel to a potential job interview with no money! How many more children will go hungry, be driven from their homes.

This move discloses the Republicans for what they are — greedy bastards! Pardon the expression, but is the mildest that fits this pattern developing in American of increasing wealth at the cost of the poor and now the middle income hit by job cutbacks.

Also having done blue collar jobs as a student, I know that backs and other injuries block workers from continuing jobs. To delay social security to 67 hits them hard. I worked as an academic until I was 74 — no physical strain. Lawyers and doctors do the same as presumably CEOs etc.

American democracy is rapidly fading away to be replaced by oligarchy — rule and benefits by and for the rich. Sadly the dream of winning the lottery pulls along a number who are the victims of this system — the Tea Party gimmick.

Hopefully this latest Republican move and others will reveal their true intent before it is too late to recover American democracy

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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