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4.4 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits Since August as Pelosi Puts Politics Above People

pelosiMore than 4.4 million Americans have lost unemployment assistance since mid-August as benefits have run out, according to data compiled by the Department of Labor, 55 percent of which are in states governed by Democratic governors.

Small business relief, supporting 5.2 million small businesses and 50 million jobs, ran out on Aug. 8 and airlines ran out of money last month as massive layoffs have been ensuing.

In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continues to refuse a deal from President Donald Trump to extend these CARES Act programs — even if it means she loses a few seats in the House over it.

The rationale of course is political. As long as Pelosi believes she won’t lose the House majority over the lack of a stimulus measure before the election — no President since Truman in 1948 has reclaimed a House majority in a bid for a second term — there is not much in it for Pelosi.

Naturally, Pelosi would like to see who wins the White House first. If Biden wins, she can get a better deal in her eyes, even if it means her constituents in blue states are the ones who suffer more.

In fact, the top ten states in the country with the highest unemployment rates are all run by Democratic governors with the worst lockdowns:

Nevada 13.2%
Rhode Island 12.8%
Hawaii 12.5%
New York 12.5%
California 11.4%
Massachusetts 11.3%
New Mexico 11.3%
Illinois 11%
New Jersey 10.9%
Pennsylvania 10.3%

And even if Trump does win, Pelosi does not want to give him a political boost in the closing days of the election. Or so the thinking goes.

Pelosi is putting politics above people — her own people — something President Trump is keen on. In an Oct. 15 tweet, Trump blasted Pelosi for the holdup, stating, “Pelosi is holding up STIMULUS, not the Republicans!”

And public opinion could be coming the President’s way. A Yougov poll from Oct. 9-11 found 43 percent of Americans blame Pelosi for slowing the legislation down, including 10 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents. Only 40 percent blamed the President, with just 3 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents.

In addition, Republicans are leading in voter registration in many battleground states including Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. That, plus turnout, could have major implications on the race for the House of Representatives in 2020.

Remarkably, the House and Senate agree in principle on extending unemployment, small business relief, helping the airlines, some funding for states and sending more checks to the American people in the way of tax credits. Both have bills that do that albeit at different price tags.

The House bill would go further with its $3.3 trillion price tag that has since been knocked down to $2 trillion. The Senate bill, the HEALS Act, comes in at $1 trillion and it extends unemployment, sends the checks, extends small business relief and takes care of the airlines.

In between the two, the White House has offered a $1.8 trillion compromise approach to keep momentum in the economy still reeling from the state-led COVID-19 lockdowns when 25 million jobs were lost when labor markets bottomed in April. More than 14 million jobs have been recovered since but the speed of the recovery slowed considerably in September as the government programs ran out and states largely keep schools and many other businesses closed.

Trump is framing his closing campaign arguments around the economy, asking which direction we want to move in: reopening or lockdowns?

In an Oct. 17 tweet, Trump declared, “This election is a choice between a TRUMP RECOVERY and a BIDEN DEPRESSION. If you vote for me, prosperity will surge, normal life will fully resume, and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our Country!”

That is a stark choice for the American people. And if they go with Trump and there’s no deal on stimulus, it could even bring Republicans back into the majority in the House of Representatives. If Pelosi acts before the election that will be why. Stay tuned.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Torch by - Robert Romano

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1 month ago

President Trump could win re-election by a wide margin IF ENOUGH VOTERS GET OUT AND VOTE FOR HIM! He pulled this economy out of a lackluster Obama recovery, and he will fix it again. In the 2016 election, slightly less than 60% of eligible voters voted. 60%! That’s incredible to me. With 40% of the votes on the table, we could also easily gain the presidency and the majority in the House of Representatives. Picture this: Nancy Pelosi walking away from the Speaker’s seat, dragging her big gavel behind her. Let’s make it happen! This election is critical to the… Read more »

1 month ago

It’s all about power for the Democrats, who always claim they “care about the little guy”. Expect Pelosi to continue to use the public as pawns in her little power play. The GOP has gone well beyond anything reasonable to try and get a deal, so the ball remains solidly in Pelosi’s court. As long as she thinks there is a political advantage to holding out, she will continue to do so. That’s just the way it is. I would NOT recommend either President Trump or the GOP raise their offer one more dime. It’s already far too high, with… Read more »

1 month ago

Sad that 40% blame Trump. That tells me that at least 40% have been listening and watching the fake news.
Pelosi cares NOTHING about America or the American People. She is not a real American.Time for her to leave Congress.

1 month ago

Pelosi is using every day people as Pawns in her quest to save bankrupt California. The CALPERS and CALSTIRS pension plans are so far underwater that Ca would be bankrupt if it had to conform to ERISA standards forced on private companies. The big $$ difference between her and the WH is over billions that would bail out her nephew Gavin Newsom.

1 month ago

Loony Nancy cares about the poor, she creates more of them each day. Would someone tell me how the mentally deranged imbecile is not in a mental institution

1 month ago

We voted the second day of early voting. It’s true that Pelosi is holding the country hostage to bale out California but the MSFake media will only show the President will not agree with the Democrats on a relief bill. They won’t tell about all of the Pork in their bill. Why does everything they come up with have to be passed to find out what is in it? Because if it’s publicized no one would go for it or them.

1 month ago

The deception of even the cognitively impaired is wearing thin now.The Democrats always claim they “want to serve the little people” LOL- they clearly mean on toast, “because they are delicious.” Any measure they have ever passed was purely self-serving, and a means to an end, all the spending measures are designed to create further national debt destabilizing our nation, their hand outs are only bribes to cajole voters into handing over part of their rights, political power, and their dignity to them. Whatever handouts out of the pockets of the American taxpayer the Democrats seek is only a fraction… Read more »

1 month ago

The democrat party has weaponized the Corona Virus. The democrat party is using the virus to shut down the economies of their own states. Over-the-top regulations have either closed or completely crippled small businesses. Democrats are control freaks! As the unemployment rate sky rockets, the insane democrat party wants to bankrupt the US economy by making it pay for the insanity of decisions made by democrat governors. The shutdowns have done nothing to halt the virus. The shutdowns have only made the lives of the American people worse by destroying their source of income. If it sounds impossible to pay… Read more »

1 month ago

Exactly why the establishment politicians, feeding off taxpayers at the power and money through need to be removed.
Shamefully self serving ones like pelosi have nothing but disdain for her boss, The American Citizens!!

Rick J.
1 month ago

Pelosi aka “The Wicked Witch of the West” only cares about political power. People are just pawns in her game of grab the power.

Linda K
1 month ago

The Democrats caused the high unemployment rate by forcing businesses to close and stay closed. This is what they want and will continue doing if they get back the White House. No other time in history have healthy people been forced to quarantine. It’s ridiculous.

Last edited 1 month ago by Linda K
1 month ago

It is unfathomable why the unemployed voters of scat francisco keep reelecting Nazi Piglousy. They must really be stupid people. Why would anyone vote for a democRAT (aka: demon-communist-cRAT)?

Donald G Nichols
1 month ago

How long will it be before foreign takeover will happen? I think it already has.Look at it a simple way,our debt and who owns the most of it.I think food stamps and help with rent and oil.gas and electric might be a way to help people.What I see when I go to Walmart is people spending their stimulus money on foreign products.China must be laughing at the way people use help with money.Does anyone else see what is leaving our country.MONEY.

Art A
1 month ago

It is all great game. Likened to chess,we are the pawns. People get sacrificed for the greater good of the elites. Just think,a trillion here and a trillion there,and soon your talking some real money. That said here is a major correction to the governor list contained in the article. Massachusetts’s Governor Charlie Baker is not a Demonrat. However,he is a major RINO. May I call him a token Republican?Splitting hairs is easy in Massachusetts. MAGAA/KAF/KAG 2020 TRUMP/PENCE

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Pelosi is famous for not working with Republicans unless she has her way and gets to add fluff to the basic bill. She will willingly delay or derail any bill that doesn’t waste lots and lots of money. Even some of the far left political commentators are starting to question Pelosi’s methods. The sparks that flew between Blitzer and Pelosi served as a perfect background to portray just how selfish and stubborn the Speaker can be. Blitzer allowed himself to be verbally assaulted by a vicious and self-centered miscreant.

1 month ago

It’s time for pelosi and her cronies to go. They are all power hungry and will stop at nothing to usher in their agenda.

Matthew Gabor
1 month ago

I once heard on a conservative radio show that Speaker “Morticia” and her husband have a net worth over $200 Million Dollars! For a party that supposedly hates Capitalism they have done rather well! Many Politicians that have never lived in “Mainstream Society” have no idea what it is like to be unemployed and run out of money! For her and the rest of The DemonCronies to hold out for political purposes is beyond belief! If this were a traditional War they would be tried in The Hague for Crimes Against Humanity! Meanwhile people who have never worked a day… Read more »

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

What Dems DO Hold US hostage to thier politics & we lose & dont fund CA.
Enough & Dems DONT care.
Lobby Dems en masse for ousting Pelosi & allies or Nothing gets done
Cut pensions & benefits

Burton Pauly
1 month ago

Typical do nothing democRATS . And it is another ploy to perhaps garner votes from those who don’t do their thinking. I pray that the right obliterates them in the election. We’ve done our part and voted RIGHT.

1 month ago

Pelosi is the female derivation of the anti-Christ. More about building her own power than what’s fair, equitable, or right for the people.

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