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The Alternative December 17, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.

Obama is taking a few hits in the polls as health care reform languishes in the Senate, unemployment stubbornly persists, and the war in Afghanistan escalates.

It is to be hoped that these are temporary setbacks. But in light of this downturn in progressive aspirations it is worth pondering the alternative.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took aim at Democratic proposals for a new jobs bill. He apparently has objections to the “extension of unemployment benefits through June of 2010;” “extension of COBRA subsidies through June of 2010;” and “extension of the refundable child tax credit to those with income less than $3,000.

Vast numbers of Americans are unemployed, not because of any fault on their part, but because of a massive collapse of the global financial system, and the GOP wants to make sure those unemployed cannot get health care or pay for food, shelter, and other necessities.

This is their “solution”?

The fact that unemployed persons can help stimulate the economy when they can buy food, clothing, health services, and housing is apparently lost on conservatives.

As Steve Benen writes:

It’s a surprisingly helpful preview of what the public could expect if Republicans reclaim the House majority in next year’s midterms. When GOP leaders talk about “cutting spending,” they usually pretty vague. Cantor is offering a reminder of what he and his colleagues will target: the safety net Americans rely on when they’re most vulnerable.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



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