The Senate has yet to address passage of a Bill that would extend jobless benefits for the unemployed. Alexandra Jarrin tells it like it is in this opinion piece posted on The Hill several days ago.
This is getting ridiculous! Does the joke, "How many monkeys does it take to screw in a light bulb?" ring a bell to anyone in the Senate? People are starving, they're freezing — what must happen to the American people before this unemployment benefits extension, S. 1699, gets passed and we get the help we need? We are not responsible for the crashing of the economy, we are not responsible for the outsourcing of our jobs, we are not the thieves that have raped the people of the United States. However, we are the people who are paying the price for their crimes!
How many more weeks will we be fed the rhetoric that it is going to happen — "just hold on"? Also, what do we tell the people who depend on us to survive — our families, our children, landlords, mortgage companies, power companies, gas companies and grocery stores? How many people will wind up in prison because they felt they had no other way to get food, or money to pay their bills? How many people will die by their own hands or others' because the Senate took its time, because they hear the word emergency but are clueless as to the definition and to what it takes to execute an emergency plan.
How will Congress get back what is lost to these people, to me, to the American People who are trying so hard to make it from one day to the next? When houses are lost to the mortgage companies and banks, and apartments lost to eviction, how will the government get all that back to us, because they have failed us, once again? This is not our fault; again, we are not the ones who caused this problem, but we are the ones who are asked to carry the burdens and live with the consequences.
The question is, What are you going to do to help us? Will you sit there in your chair at your desk and thank your God that you are not one of us, or will you get up and do something to help us before our blood is also on your hands?
We want to know, we need to know, we demand that you tell us where you stand and what you will commit to doing for us.