The GOP has once again blocked extending unemployment benefits as 1,000,000 lose their benefit. Additionally Republican minority leader Boehner said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70.
Just before this GOP Rep Barton publicly apologized to British Petroleum (whose run-away gusher is covering the Gulf of Mexico with oil) for President Obama’s requirement that BP put aside $20 billion in escrow to pay for the oil cleanup and damages. Republican, Barton has received more than $1.5 million in campaign donations from the oil industry, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan watchdog group.
We see how Republicans who appear moderate are toeing the GOP line and blocking passage of unemployment benefits, bank reform, energy reform and so on. Sadly, they appear to be putting politics above the good of their voters.