Thanks to two RHINOs, as smart as their anthropomorphical namesakes:
Legislation to provide billions to save the jobs of teachers and other public workers is on track to pass the Senate, helped along by the votes of a couple of GOP moderates.
The $26 billion measure would help states ease their severe budget problems and, advocates said, stop the layoffs of perhaps 300,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees. Though scaled back, the bill also would salvage a victory for Democrats who have been unable to deliver most of the jobs help they and President Barack Obama promised.
The legislation advanced by a 61-38 tally that all but ensured it would pass the Senate on Thursday...Many Republicans objected to the expense at a time of record budget deficits, but moderate Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine cast the key votes to break the filibuster — as they did last month in helping Democrats pass a six-month extension of jobless benefits.
Wednesday's bill would extend programs enacted in last year's economic stimulus law...
Collins and Snowe - the two of them combined don't equal one idiot. Why spend $26 billion on programs that have proven to be ineffective? Why extort $26 billion from the private sector to pay to save jobs in the public sector, which has been virtually untouched by the Great Recession? And most importantly, why allow the Democrats to spend $26 billion in taxpayer dollars in order to help their own re-election efforts?
“Out of the estimated 3.3 million public school teachers nationwide, teachers unions were expecting 160,000 layoffs this year — just 4.8 percent of all teachers. 38.1 percent of those layoffs are centered in just three states: 9,000 in New Jersey, 16,000 in New York and 36,000 in California,” Wilson noted.
“If you take those 160,000 teachers, and assumed only half are unionized — which is very conservative — with contributions to state and local unions averaging $300 per teacher, and another $162 per teacher to the National Education Association or $190 per teacher to the American Federation of Teachers, and the Senate just voted to give $40 million to the public teachers unions’ political coffers, which will be mobilized into campaign ads, direct mail, phone banks, you name it, all to elect Democrats”
Not to mention feeding the liberal drug habits of three states that need to learn now more than ever the price and perils of "progressive" economic policies. Keep putting off that day of reckoning, fellas....
How stupid are Snowe and Collins? Putting taxpayer money into union coffers to be spent on liberal candidates, as well as allowing the Democrats to "claim victory" where most Americans were looking for the Democrats to suffer another defeat is beyond comprehension? Simply incomprehensible...
Here's the truth, same link:
“The American people will be harangued over the next few weeks about what a wonderful thing the Senate has done when, in reality, we have drastically increased the burden on American workers, taxpayers, and businesses,” Wilson added.
When Democrats spend, and Republicans go along, we all suffer, every one of us. No wonder the Tea Party movement is gaining strength and anti-incumbent sentiment is so high; when the party of conservatism goes along with the party of self-destruction, we all lose.
And we the people are tired of losing to the political class, time and time again...