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Senate Jobs Bill Fails; Republicans and Ben Nelson Succeed in Destroying Lives of Millions

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57-41 was the final vote. Every Republican who voted opposed, along with Ben Nelson. There are no plans to take up the jobs bill again. It’s increasingly hard to argue with Debbie Stabenow’s contention that the GOP wants to wreck the economy for political gain.

In 2012, Olympia Snowe will be up for re-election, and she will lose, because Maine will be as depressed as the rest of the country under conservative rule (yes, rule; if nothing can be passed without St. Olympia’s sign-off, that’s pretty much what “rule” means). I hope she enjoys her final couple years in the Senate. Snowe claims that some tax language around S-corporations was her reason for not supporting the bill. She claimed to “support” moving an unemployment extension without offsetting it, and we’ll see where that goes, but my assumption would be nowheresville, as she’d find another reason to object to it. As I said, enjoy those last two years.

In the short term, Republicans are making what will probably end up being the right bet that taking down the nation’s job market will only hurt the party in power. In the exchange, families will lose their homes, go hungry, and some will die. All in a day’s work.

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Senate Jobs Bill Fails; Republicans and Ben Nelson Succeed in Destroying Lives of Millions

57-41 was the final vote. Every Republican who voted opposed, along with Ben Nelson. There are no plans to take up the jobs bill again. It’s increasingly hard to argue with Debbie Stabenow’s contention that the GOP wants to wreck the economy for political gain.

In 2012, Olympia Snowe will be up for re-election, and she will lose, because Maine will be as depressed as the rest of the country under conservative rule (yes, rule; if nothing can be passed without St. Olympia’s sign-off, that’s pretty much what “rule” means). I hope she enjoys her final couple years in the Senate. Snowe claims that some tax language around S-corporations was her reason for not supporting the bill. She claimed to “support” moving an unemployment extension without offsetting it, and we’ll see where that goes, but my assumption would be nowheresville, as she’d find another reason to object to it. As I said, enjoy those last two years.

In the short term, Republicans are making what will probably end up being the right bet that taking down the nation’s job market will only hurt the party in power. In the exchange, families will lose their homes, go hungry, and some will die. All in a day’s work.

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