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Snag in Jobs Bill Could Hit Struggling States

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Posted on Jun 26, 2010
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Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell described the potential layoffs and cuts in social spending as “a bloodletting.”

Strapped-for-cash states may be up the creek on this one: A jobs bill has stalled in the Senate, jeopardizing billions in federal aid to struggling states. Local and state officials are warning of layoffs in the hundreds of thousands and drastic spending cuts if the bill is not resuscitated. —JCL

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Financially struggling states, already facing record budget shortfalls, are now confronting the possibility of losing out on billions of dollars in federal aid that they had been counting on, if Congress does not revive a jobs bill that stalled in the Senate this week.

The result, governors and state budget officers are warning, could be hundreds of thousands of layoffs at the state and local levels, as well as draconian spending cuts.

“It’s a bloodletting,” said Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, a Democrat.

But Mr. Rendell and other state leaders are running up against Senate Republicans and at least one Democrat concerned about the spiraling federal deficit.

“What we’re not willing to do, is use worthwhile programs as an excuse to burden our children and our grandchildren with an even bigger national debt,” the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, said in a statement Thursday.

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By SteveL, June 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

Shut down the wars, half of the overseas military bases and give states like
California about 90 cents of every dollar they send to Washington in income taxes.

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By LostHills, June 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

We need to carve out a couple of Red States, like Utah and Idaho, give all
Republicans 90 days to move there, build a fence around them and forget about
‘em. That’s the only way that I see to ever have responsible governance in this
country. Hell, give ‘em Alaska, too. That’s where their empress lives….

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By FRTothus, June 26, 2010 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

Billions for the banks, billions for wars, but
nothing for the people.

Those who brought on this “crisis” escape with their
pockets filled, while the rest of us must pay and pay
some more through “austerity measures” and
“structural adjustment plans”.  The bloated cesspool
of the defense budget, the most wasteful and
destructive use of funds ever conceived by man, is
not only maintained, but increased, while the people
of the US are dumped overboard.  The people of this
country could learn a lot from those protesting and
shutting down the countries of Greece and Spain. 
Land of the free and home of the brave?  What a
massive lie.

“The U.S. government leaders ... have created an
idol, the military machine. They require the people
of this country to sacrifice to this idol. Not only
tax dollars, but the lives and futures of the
nation’s young people, the health of communities and
society, and the well-being of natural resources and
the environment are all offered up at the altar of
military might.”
(Friends Committee on National Legislation)

“There is no free lunch for the creature comforts
delivered by the corporation. The ravaging of nature,
the erosion of economic security, the destabilization
of the family, the commercialization of all human
relationships, the corruption of democracy, and the
dissipation of spiritual meaning in the face of
rampant materialism - these are all part of the cost
of the corporate system as we know it. And they add
up to a very high price to pay for the bounty of the
great American shopping mall.”
(Charles Derber)

“Poor people living in third-world countries are not
the only victims of the so-called new world order. At
the heart of this “new” order is a troubling paradox:
Poor people within the United States, and the country
as a whole, are getting poorer at the same time as
the rich within the United States are getting
(Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer)

“Around the world, the message received is that,
whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect only more of
the same - national narcissism disguised as altruism,
corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S.
military and economic might.”
(Greg Guma)

“The goal of conservative rulers around the world,
led by those who occupy the seats of power in
Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic
gains, public services, and common living standards
around the world.”
(Michael Parenti)

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