The Right Wing and Our Veterans

In one final vile act before adjournment for the elections, Senate Republicans used a point of order to block passage of the Veteran’s Jobs Act, which would have provided a modest $1 billion to give work to the more than one in 10 veterans who are unemployed. This is disgraceful politics.
Good Jobs First: No Grand Bargain Without A Jobs Trigger
Where Are the US Jobs? Ask the Corporate Cash Hoarders

Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future

Submitted by David Culver

September 20, 2012 | The young men and women who serve in our military return from fighting in the longest wars in American history to the worst jobs market in generations. They suffer higher unemployment rates than the general population: More than one in 10 is officially counted as unemployed, and that does not include those who have stopped looking for work or are forced to work part-time.

So yesterday, in one final vile act before adjournment for the elections, Senate Republicans used a point of order to block passage of the Veteran’s Jobs Act that would have provided a modest $1 billion to hire veterans to tend federal lands or gain priority in hiring at police and fire departments. The bill was crafted with bipartisan support. Fifty-eight senators supported the bill, but Republicans put together the 40 votes needed to block its passage.

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Good Jobs First: No Grand Bargain Without A Jobs Trigger, Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future
September 27, 2012 – What we have here is a failure to communicate. Poll after poll shows that voters are concerned most of all about jobs and the economy. Yet in Washington and on the campaign trail, attention has turned to deficits and how to get our books in order.

Where Are the US Jobs? Ask the Corporate Cash Hoarders, Moira Herbst, Guardian UK

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