GOP Sends Memo Coaching Republicans on How to Sound Compassionate About Unemployment

boehner-memoWell, if you can say one thing about Republicans it’s this — they never fail to surprise me.  Honestly, I wake up some days almost excited to see what kind of new foolishness the Republican party will bring me to talk about that day.  Usually my hunt doesn’t take that long.

Take for instance the memo that House GOP leaders apparently sent out to rank-and-file Republicans on how to show compassion when explaining the Republican position on unemployment.

Mind you, this isn’t a memo on how to be more compassionate (you know, by extending the benefits for millions of Americans so that they can survive).  No — it’s a memo on how to sound compassionate when explaining why their party wishes to take away the very little income that millions of unemployed Americans actually have and count on while looking for work.

Call me crazy, but maybe it might be easier for Republicans to actually be compassionate instead of just trying to sound compassionate?  But I guess that’s too much to ask from the Republican party of today.

But hey, let’s take a look at this memo just for the fun of it.  I love how it talks about the many “jobs bills” the Democratic-led Senate refuses to pass.  Why do I have a feeling if I looked through every one of these “jobs bills” House Republicans claim to have sent the Senate, I’d find nothing more than massive tax breaks for the rich hidden among plans that claim to create jobs — in theory.  Just like trickle-down economics is in its entirety.  It’s a theory that claims it will create jobs, but in practice all it really does is cut taxes for the rich promising something that never delivers.

What I also love is how it fails to mention that the Senate passed a measure to keep unemployment benefits going for millions of Americans — a bill that had Republican support — yet it’s widely believed it has no chance of passing the Republican-led House.  So while they like to outline that the Senate is led by Democrats (in an attempt to act as if Democrats are the ones blocking everything) it’s obvious to most Americans that it’s Republicans in the House who are the real culprits behind our Washington gridlock.

After all, isn’t that always the headline?  Bipartisan agreement reached in the Senate — expected to die in the House.

But the truth of the matter is Republicans couldn’t care less about helping most Americans.  While they’re right with their assertions that some Americans are milking unemployment benefits instead of finding a job, those people represent the minority.  The majority of Americans who need these benefits extended want a job, but are simply having trouble finding one that can provide adequately for their family.

So, how exactly is taking away what little they do have going to help them find a job?  By forcing them to scrounge for any kind of employment just to find a way to make any kind of money?  How exactly is someone being forced to work temp jobs for minimum wage (which makes it much harder to find the type of “career” job they probably need due to having less time to hunt for jobs) because they lost their unemployment benefits going to help them?  Let me guess — it’ll “build character”?  Trust me, “building character” at a temp job with no guarantee of an ongoing paycheck isn’t going to put food on the table or keep a roof over a child’s head.

Because that’s basically the Republican argument –“If we force these people off benefits, they’ll have to find some kind of job.”  What these ignorant Republicans don’t get is that the reason why many of these people remain on unemployment is because the jobs they can get (usually temporary ones at that) don’t pay them what they need to provide for their families.

By the way, taxes are still at some of their lowest levels in history, stocks are at record highs and corporate profits are up — where’s that trickle-down economics at?  Oh, that’s right, it’s a scam.

This memo is just another laughable attempt for Republicans to try to teach their party members how to sound like they give a damn about Americans without actually doing it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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