Time for Capitol Hill to Occupy Reality

by Patricia Guadalupe  |  November 04, 2011

New numbers released by the Labor Department show the unemployment rate pretty much stuck at nine percent, down just slightly from 9.1 in September. Meanwhile the economy added the fewest number of jobs since late summer and 24,000 government jobs went by the wayside.

The Consumer Comfort Index, which measures how people feel about spending, is at record lows. That’s not a good sign with the holidays just around the corner. The latest Gallup poll says more than half (53 percent) of Americans surveyed think economic conditions are “poor.”

It’s been almost two months since President Obama introduced the America Jobs Act designed to get Americans back to work, yet Congress continues to lollygag while the American people—who voted for them to actually do something—sit and wait…and wait…and wait.

Enough is enough.

“As do-nothing members of Congress continue to shrug their shoulders at the jobs crisis, it’s no wonder that the other 99 percent have come together in a Main Street movement to say ‘enough!’ It’s well past time for Congress to stop playing politics and pass the Jobs Act,” says AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee

Republicans in Congress especially need to wake up. Even with a dismal economic picture looming, not a single Senate Republican voted this week for the bill to help Americans get back to work, and that’s the third time in less than a month that they said forget you, fellow Americans.

It’s time for these legislators to get with it and occupy reality.

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