July 1, 2010 Leave a comment
John Boozman and Blanche Lincoln both voted to bailout the Wall Street banks because George Bush said the economy would collapse. Then, when Senator Lincoln angered the big banks with tough new regulations to hold those banks accountable and make sure there can never be a repeat of the Wall Street driven economic collapse of 2008, Congressman Boozman voted no and failed to lead. And what about the thousands of Arkansans left unemployed by the recession? Let them eat cake! Today, Congressman Boozman voted for at least the 18th time against extending benefits for Arkansans still searching for jobs.
The two biggest threats to the economy are unemployment and the dire financial condition of the states. Worsening unemployment means slower growth, or worse, renewed recession. So if lawmakers are wondering why consumer confidence and the stock market are tanking (the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index hit a new low for the year on Tuesday), they need look no further than a mirror. The situation cries out for policies to support economic growth — specifically jobless benefits and fiscal aid to states. But instead of delivering, Congressional Republicans and many Democrats have been asserting that the nation must act instead to cut the deficit … Deficits matter, but not more than economic recovery, and not more urgently than the economic survival of millions of Americans. [New York Times, 6/29/210]
Boozman Has Voted At Least 18 Times Against Extending or Expanding Unemployment Benefits. [2010 House Votes #211, 398, 418; 2009 House Votes #991, 772; 2008 House Votes #660, 412, 408, 407, 403, 330; 2004 House Vote #18; 2003 House Votes #222, 191, 180, 174, 112, 6]