In the 2010 November midterm elections 15 million unemployed Americans had a simple and clear choice to make: whether to reward the same Republican Party and their policies that gave us a housing bubble that burst into a catastrophic mortgage and economic meltdown, turned a surplus into a record deficit, turned America into a debtor Nation, brought us the worst recession since the days of the Great Depression and made the jobs of those same 15 million Americans dissappear into thin air.
Or… they could maintain America in the right track to recovery climbing out of the hole Republicans so kindly dug America into. For the life of me I cannot fathom the idea of a single unemployed American having voted Republican this time around, unless the same economic catastrophy that affected their way of life affected their common sense as well. It is hard to imagine but it is not an impossibility.
Make no mistake: Republicans bear the brunt of the responsability for making the jobs of millions dissappear and creating no less than a brand new class of unemployed. The unemployed who never thought of becoming one. Those who held a steady job since their youth and never thought theyd find themselves without a source of income in their life, or thought that if they lost their current job they could at least move into the next available opportunity in an American economy healthy enough to provide for their basisc needs with employment being the basics of basics. But no more. And who do we have to thank for that but the GOP?
Yes. The same GOP that not only turned surpluses into deficits, destroyed our economy, sent millions into the unemployment lines and where cynical enough to show their faces in a political ticket despite their remarkable public policy record but not satisfied with that they then fought tooth and nails to deny unemployment benefits to those who needed it the most: the long term unemployed which is a creature of GOP creation. Hard to believe anybody could vote for that lot, specially and unemployed American of which there are now so many. But then again this is America and in America anything is possible. Obviously.
The Republican message to the unemployed American before and after the 2010 Midterm elections is very clear: “Drop dead”! Those same 15 million unemployed who are today struggling to make ends meet, face nothing but uncertainty in an ever diminishing re-employment environment. But despite those undeniable facts Republicans did become a majority in the House in 2010. Why? Could it be the effects of plain desperation? Or perhaps, and I’m more inclined for this answer, the same recession that took away their jobs also took away their sense of reality and part of their brains as well. Bad economic times do have strange effects on people.