As you may have heard, progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown are threatening to filibuster Obama's deal with Republicans to "temporarily" extend the Bush tax cuts due to the clear damage it will do to the US economy.
And you may also have heard that Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is also threatening to filibuster the deal due to the slight damage that it might maybe do to billionaires' pocketbooks given the tiny chance that the cuts are not made ultimately permanent.
But what you may not have heard is that Rep. Michele Bachmann also has a big problem with the deal, but not for the same reasons as DeMint or Sanders or Brown. Her problem is that she's a… a… Um, what do you call them? Oh, that's right, a not smart person…
"As part of the compromise, the President wants to extend unemployment benefits for another 13 months," Bachmann said. "Unemployment benefits are already at a historical length of 99 weeks, and the President's request would push benefits to three years."
Problem is, the president's request would do no such thing. It would preserve the 99 weeks by reauthorizing Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs, which together provide up to 73 weeks of benefits beyond the standard 26 funded by states.
Excellent work, Rep. Bachmann. It isn't every congressperson who's so aggressively vigilant and willing to take a stand against the very idea (literally) of relieving some of the burden of working class Americans.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, House of Representatives, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Republicans, Senate, Sherrod Brown, Taxes, Unemployment