George W. Bush, having refused to intervene to get an extension of unemployment benefits through the Congress this fall, has suddenly discovered that the extension ought to be “a first order of business” when it comes back this winter.
Of course, the benefits run out December 28 for several hundred thousand families, and Congress doesn’t come back until after the first of the year. Bush wants the extended benefits made retroactive, which I’m sure won’t pose any difficulty for the families involved: can’t they just borrow against their trust funds?
Of course we don’t know yet what disgusting riders Lott and Hastert will attach to the bill in order to put the Democrats in the position of either voting for the riders or further squeezing the unemployed. If that wasn’t the whole point of this maneuver, pray tell me what was?