Party of No Compromise (…or Conscience)

June 25th, 2010

Inspired by  The Senate unemployment bill founders (Ezra Klein, 6/24/10), Senate again blocks emergency aid (Washington Post 6/25/10).

Today, 1.2 million Americans loose their unemployment benefits,

Not something that a great nation in economic crisis befits.

In spite of Senate Dems’ attempts to compromise,

They ultimately didn’t get any Republican allies.

Every single Republican voted against the bill,

Which for the unemployed is a bitter pill.

Nor does it help our nation’s economic prospects,

Since unemployment compensation has very high stimulative effects.

Unlike with high income tax cuts, the unemployed spend what they receive,

Which helps our national Great Recession to relieve.

Repubs refused (how quickly they their old spending ways forget),

Even though the cost was almost completely offset.

What they really disliked was closing the deferred interest loophole

Which lets investment managers profit tax-free from the funds they control.

Blue Dog Ben Nelson joined Repubs in opposing the measure,

Thereby incurring his Dem colleagues’ displeasure.

Unfortunately, Nelson isn’t up for election for two more years

(Perhaps unemployed Nebraskans can be reminded when that election nears).

But Ben, it’s not really you I blame,

Though you’ve become a Republican in almost all but name.

It’s normal that not everyone in each party hews

To the party leadership’s views.

Which brings me to my concluding point

That it’s the GOP that is out of joint.

As usual, they remain the Party of No,

With no dissension allowed or offered from below.

For many years, bipartisan compromise has made our system work,

But now the GOP has gone berserk.

They oppose for opposition’s sake,

Obama’s and the Dems’ back to break.

Democracy dies

Without compromise.

But that’s appears OK with the GOP

If necessary to regain the majority.


Here’s Rachel’s 6/24/10 report on Senate Democrats’ efforts to gain Republican support for a second mini-stimulus bill. As Rachel reports, after all the concessions and shrinking, the number of GOP votes gained was… zero. Note in particular the floor speech by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and her use of the “bikini graph” showing how job growth went dramatically negative under Bush and has been recovering under Obama.

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5 Responses to “Party of No Compromise (…or Conscience)”

  1. Flyer0731 Says:

    It is hard for me to understand that an entire party is more afraid of a deficit than of cutting unemployment benefits for millions. Is the government’s role merely to reduce spending ? That is the real question of this Fall;s senate and house elections. Unfortunately, the party that argues for a minimal role is leading now in the polls. If they win, we will be back to previous policies that brought so many the suffering of this deep recession. Only Obama’s veto will stand in the way of their taking down everything progressives have accomplished.

    In thwarting the extension of unemployment benefits, the Republicans have stood together, without a single exception. We have not done that as democrats. Blue dogs on our right have abandoned support of Obama on many parts of the agenda. Progressives further left have abandoned him because his historic accomplishments haven’t been enough. Independents have abandoned it all to support a Republican Revival.

    We better learn to stand together as we take the case to the people this Fall, or we will be back where we were. And that was not a good place to be.

  2. Newsericks Says:

    Thanks for your comment. I agree completely. Hopefully, Dems will be able to stand together this November.

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