But for ordinary Americans who are suffering thru this economic depression?
A big FUCK YOU from the sleazy, corrupt war mongering Zionist ass kissers in Congress.
US Congress withholds billions from Medicaid, jobless benefitsAmerica is getting treated like those sea turtles that BP is burning alive so they'll be no evidence of their massive fuckup.
The failure of Congress to pass a bill containing Medicaid relief to the states and jobless benefit extensions to millions of long-term unemployed workers ensures that the social crisis will intensify in the coming weeks and months.
The decision will result in a new wave of foreclosures, evictions, homelessness, and hunger, while states will be compelled to further slash social spending.
The $33 billion bill would have extended federal long-term unemployment benefits and provided states with $24 billion in emergency funding for Medicaid, the joint federal-state medical insurance program for the poor. Most commentators believe that final passage of the bill, which has been delayed for a month, is unlikely.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and fellow Democrats blamed the bill’s all but inevitable demise on opposition from minority Republicans. However, Democratic support for the measure has been tepid at best. The New York Times acknowledged, “The Obama administration has not fought aggressively for the legislation.” One only has to compare the administration’s campaign for “health care reform, ” designed to cut costs for business, with its promotion of the extension of unemployment benefits. In any event, since the Democrats accept the framework of austerity policies, they are in no position to argue convincingly.
A consensus has emerged in the ruling class, signaled by Obama’s three-year freeze on discretionary social spending, that costs not related to the military and the ongoing bailout of the finance industry must be curtailed. In contrast, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has guaranteed passage of another $33 billion bill by summer.
BP, Coast Guard Sued for Burning Endangered Sea Turtles
Two environmental groups have announced plans to file suit to prevent BP from burning alive endangered sea turtles in the cleanup of the Gulf Coast. In a widely circulated video, Gulf Coast boat captain Mike Ellis says BP has prevented rescuers from saving turtles trapped in the middle of controlled burns.
Catherine Craig: "So when they’re burning the oil, they’re burning whatever gets caught in—"
Mike Ellis: "Well yes, they drag a boom between two shrimp boats and whatever gets caught between the two boats they circle it up and catch it on fire. Once the turtles are in there, they can’t get out. I mean they come up, they look like they’re chocolate-covered."
The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network say they’ll file suit against BP as well as the US Coast Guard under the Endangered Species Act.