If you follow a bitch on the Twitter, you already know that I spent yesterday morning listening to the Missouri Senate.
Specifically, I listened as a gang of Republican Senators pandered to those who adore tea through what has to be the worst mini-filibuster I’ve heard since the last mini-filibuster I heard while listening to the Missouri Senate.
They don’t want Missouri to accept additional funds from the federal government that would allow the state to extend unemployment benefits.
Thousands of Missourians are unemployed.
Many of those folks are about to hit a hard as hell wall.
Our federal government voted to send more unemployment funds to states so we can meet those needs.
That money has been appropriated for that purpose.
Refusing the funds will NOT return them to some mystical pool of funds that the Federal government will then use to pay off our debt to China.
And yes, that’s the kind of ig’nant as hell bullshit a gaggle of Republican Senators said yesterday while wasting the people’s time to kick unemployed people in the gut area.
The head ass in charge of this public display of stupid is Senator Lembke.
He was joined by minions Sen. Nieves (R-Washington) and Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph).
Together they ranted about how unemployed people are lazy…unemployment benefits encourage the unemployed to stay unemployed…unemployed people have enslaved employed people by taking unemployment benefits…unemployed people need some tough love so they will be inspired to go out there and just get a job...and blah, blah and another blah.
They went on and on about how GREAT the Senate is because Senators can talk about whatever they want for as long as they want and block the horror of accepting federal money to help the unemployed.
Oh, and by the way – no one in their districts wants Missouri to accept this money, they’re sure of that.
They laughed and cajoled…ranted and pontificated…and ultimately stalled movement on the legislation.
When fellow Republican state Senator Mayer stood up to challenge their...um, logic...one of the snotty knaves sarcastically called him compassionate and then went on to claim the federal fund would be sent back to China. He finally admitted that he had no idea where the funds would go if Missouri refused to take them.
All in all, this theatrical mess highlighted the callous disregard these state Senators have for their unemployed constituents…their complete ignorance over how unemployment funds work…their general wish to score political points with the conservative fringe on the people’s time…and the tragic limits of their vocabulary.
My heart bleeds for their constituents, particularly for their unemployed constituents who should know after yesterday that none of these state Senators gives a flying shit about them.
Hell, these state Senators think they are liberating working constituents from bondage!
As for working on legislation that may actually help Missouri’s economy…well, clearly that shit isn’t half as fun as mocking unemployed Missourians.
Hooray for the Senate!