S. 1699, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009, would (as you might imagine) extend unemployment compensation in 23 states. Why only 23? Because those states have unemployment rates below 8.5%, and the House already approved a 13-week extension for the other 27 states. Only a Scrooge McSmallgovernment could possibly disapprove -- I mean, I can hardly consider unemployment payments a handout, even, given that corporations consider their workers a drain on their profits and can't wait to lay them off. NETWORK, the Catholic Social Justice Lobby (I never said I wouldn't start again!) provides the contact tool.
Meanwhile, the normally-estimable Nate Silver calls Glenn Beck a "post-modern conservative." If by "post-modern" he means "utterly incoherent," I might halfway agree. But the halfway I won't budge on is "conservative" -- Glenn Beck is a reactionary simple and plain; if he thinks something smells of Obama-ness, he's against it without thinking about it, except to dream up new ways of throwing everything-and-the-kitchen-sink at it. But I've got other bones to pick with this piece, too. Mr. Silver's dismissiveness of "consistency" in paragraph 4 insults those of us who strive honestly toward consistency, let alone those of us who achieve an honorable measure of consistency. And I'd like some proof, please, that Glenn Beck is "distrustful" of corporations. And that next-to-last sentence posits a false opposite -- really, are all conservatives either "spontaneous" a la Beck or "cooked up by a K Street thinktank"? Just because honest conservatives can hardly get on TV doesn't mean they don't still exist.