This past weekend, the Democrats continued to hold the nation's taxpayers hostage with frivolous votes that had no chance of passing. With just a few days left, we have no assurance that our January paychecks will not decrease. Yet, Nancy Pelosi and Jesse Jackson Jr. felt it necessary to hold a vote displaying how anti-business they are. They are convinced we didn't get the memo after Cap-and-Tax, Financial-Fundamentally Reform, and No-Profit Care.
At stake are low-income families who paid no taxes over the past ten years having to pay taxes again, middle-class families paying several thousand dollars more in taxes, and job creators experiencing a further decrease in revenue. To his credit, the President has hinted at compromise, but the Pelosi-Jackson Statists in the House refuse to work with Republicans.
In the spirit of the Christmas holiday, Republicans should offer a goodwill gesture by extending unemployment benefits for a final three months. It must be clear to the President and the minority party in the House - that would be the Democrats - that after February of next year, unemployment benefits will not be extended. While I agree that 99 weeks of unemployment is more than Conservatives normally support, compassion must triumph during this Christmas season.
However, let me be clear. After February 2011, Republicans should not support any further extensions of unemployment benefits.
This is a chance for Republicans and the President to both score a win with the American people. Republicans win by protecting paychecks and profits, and displaying compassion during Christmas. The President wins by rebuilding the bridge with Business, and accomplishing one of his lame-duck priorities.
Isaac Hayes, former Republican Candidate for U.S. House in Illinois 2nd District, is President of Heat on the Streets Ministries. He can be reached through his Website, http://isaachayesblog.blogspot
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