Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer, On Friday June 25, 2010, 6:37 am EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied by Republicans, Democrats are at a loss as they struggle to help pump up the economy in the run-up to congressional elections this fall.
The demise of their jobs-agenda legislation Thursday means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had counted on fresh federal aid will now have to consider a more budget cuts, tax increases and layoffs of state workers.
WHAT ABOUT UMEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EQUATES TO JOBS? ISN’T THIS BEING SOLD AS A ‘JOBS’ BILL? I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING NEW IN THIS PIECE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THE DEMS ARE DOING TO CREATE JOBS. I DID SEE SOMETHING ABOUT THEM OFFERING TAX CREDITS TO COMPANIES WHO HIGHER UNEMPLOYED WORKERS…A SLIGHT NOD TO THE IDEA OF THE AFFECT OF TAXES ON JOB CREATION AND I DID SEE SOMETHING ABOUT POSTPONING THE REDUCTION OF PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS…A NOD WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PRICES ARE FIXED.
MOST OF ALL, DOES THIS HEADLINE LEAN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER? HOW EXACTLY ARE THE REPUBLICANS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS BEING AT A LOSS ON JOBS CREATION (AGENDA)?
I ALSO THINK THIS MIGHT BE AN ERROR. DOES OUR NATIONAL DEBT STAND ANYWHERE NEAR 13 BILLION? DOES THIS REFER TO SOMETHING ELSE?
Congressional Democrats began the year with an aggressive agenda of passing a series of bills designed to create jobs. One has become law, offering tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed workers. Others stalled as lawmakers, after hearing from angry voters, became wary of adding to the national debt, which stands at $13 billion.