If you are a member of one of over a million American families, you may awaken tomorrow morning to discover that Republicans have stolen the presents from under your tree. That is because Republicans have a Christmas present for America in keeping with the false gospel of Republican Supply-side Jesus.
Three days after Christmas, unemployment benefits end for 1.3 million people who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, but still can’t find a job.
To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to be actively looking for a job. Virtually all of these people would rather work, but can’t find a job in today’s economy where there are three applicants for every job available.
But when the budget deal was negotiated in Congress over the last several weeks, Republican negotiators refused to agree to continue those unemployment benefits. And at the same time, they demanded the continuation of tax breaks for big oil companies and loopholes for Wall Street billionaires who get their income from hedge funds.
Merry Christmas from the GOP.
Of course this kind of Christmas cheer comes from the same gang that routinely drags out the well-worn charge that progressives and Democrats are engaging in a "war on Christmas". Maybe someone should force Republican Members of Congress to sit through a showing of "A Christmas Carol" and then explain why they think Ebenezer Scrooge is the hero.
Over the last decade the far right, that now dominates the GOP, has conducted a real war on the values that we celebrate at Christmas… [emphasis added]
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Whether or not you choose to believe this, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ and should focus us on the values he taught. He reiterated over and over again that the highest level of care for those in need is integral to authentic faith. Sadly, this example is all too typical of how Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians do the exact opposite. While they accuse us of a war on Christmas, we fight only against the false Republican gospel of greed, which has absolutely nothing in common with authentic Christianity.
I am a poor man, but tomorrow I will share my table with people less fortunate than I, because that is following Jesus’ example. It’s a very small thing, but enough small things can make a difference. Another way to make a difference is to remove Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians from office. No matter what you believe, authentic faith means we take care of each other, not just billionaires.