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It was hardly surprising but nonetheless disconcerting when Senate Republicans shot down President Obama’s jobs legislation last week, refusing even to let it be debated on the Senate Floor.
New Mexico’s junior U.S. senator, Democrat Tom Udall, was plainly frustrated. “Last night,” he said, “we again saw Republican opposition and abuse of senate rules to thwart important legislation to help struggling American families and small businesses.”
When they’re not willfully damaging the economy by threatening to put the nation in default, they’re blocking measures to improve it with job creation measures.
Impeding economic recovery has become an ill-disguised GOP goal, it would seem.
Ironically, as Senate Republicans were blocking debate on a measure designed to create new jobs, tens of thousands of Americans of all stripes were demonstrating in cities (including Albuquerque and Santa Fe) throughout the land demanding just that, “more jobs,” along with “stricter regulation” of banks and Wall Street and tax hikes on the wealthiest 1 percent among us.
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