July 3rd, 2010

Leviathan meets the Incredible Hulk

Thanks, Republicans

So, to deal with the economic catastrophe caused by years and years of Republican control of the United States government, thier idiotic deregulatory fervor, their corporate welfare and ongoing transfer of wealth from those least able to afford it to the wealthiest Americans, the federal government was offering a 20-week extension for unemployment benefits, after 24 weeks of state benefits ran out. In Massachusetts, in order to qualify for those benefits, I actually had to sacrifice six weeks of state benefits, as Massachusetts benefits run for 30 weeks.

But, voting in lockstep, the Republican Senators blocked the funding of these extended benefits as of last week. So last Tuesday, I received my last Unemployment payment, unless and until the Democratic majority manages to outvote the Republican minority, and re-instate the benefit. On Tuesday -- Monday's a Holiday -- I will be calling the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, Division of Unemployment Insurance, to see if the State will re-extend the benefits I had to give up in order to get that Federal "Extension," which has, thanks to the perfidy of the Republican party, unwilling to even mitigate the disaster it caused, shortened my benefits.

So, thank you, you asshole Republican shitbags. I don't know if I'll be able to continue to afford electricity. My wife's talking about selling my car. Thanks.