(UNEDITED)"Are there no (debtors) prisons?" "And the Union workhouses (poorhouses); are they still in operation?" From Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, this was Scrooge's reply when asked for a donation to help the poor. That attitude seems to be echoed by the Republican Party in the Senate.
The Republicans voted down a bill designed to extend unemployment benefits to millions of workers out of work for six months or more. That's not all. They rejected $16 billion to preserve state employee jobs. This action by Senate Republicans would phase out unemployment benefits at the rate of 200,000 workers a week.
The Ebenezer Scrooge Republicans also blocked tax increases on domestically produced oil and investment fund managers.
For these reasons, I think we should rename the Republican Party. Let's name it the Ebenezer Scrooge Party. However, that wouldn't be fair because in the end Ebenezer had a change of heart, but the Republican leaders are heartless. ]
Bob Van Velkinburgh