Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 | 2:01 a.m.
When I hear members of the Senate and House claim that the long-term unemployed are prone to laziness, it breaks my heart. To deny these benefits while our country continues to suffer its second-worst economic decline in our history is plain cruel.
We have not recovered, unless, of course, you are among the well-invested wealthiest. We have never been this cruel during such hard times. Votes against providing temporary relief to the unemployed are supported by representatives who have no sense of what pain of loss means.
Even worse, these opponents believe it’s appropriate to hold us hostage unless other federal expenditures are reduced as offsets. And, what offsets do they propose? Reduce Affordable Care Act programs. My goodness. Is there no end to the bashing of this fledgling program?
But, this form of conversation once again demonstrates that the fringe seems to be running the terms of the conversation. That will never result in any constructive compromise.
Moderates need to step up, demand that they’ve had enough of this nonsense and show us the strength of their convictions. I’ll never give up hope that the fear, hate and anger mongering demonstrated by conservative members of our government will subside. The extreme positions will be relegated to the fringe.