NO "SAFETY NET".
Believe it or not.
The payroll tax cut legislation that was given a wisp of a life span of just two measly months would expire at the end of February; and thus putting many people, who went to work every single day, on edge.
There were about 160 million working people to benefit from the measure, proposed by President Barack Obama, to help the economy to move forward, as consumer confidence would rise, with a little bit of spending money going into the pockets of ordinary folks for that purpose.
If the United States Congress did not extend the law for a full year, as the Obama administration was suggesting, the tax burden of those millions of workers would go up. Yet, Congress, which was dubbed "the do nothing session", continued to play a game of football with the issue.
The news in Politico.com this morning showed that Congress was not ready to "get serious" in dealing with the issue, as promptly as it should.
"Negotiations have just begun and congressional leaders are already getting snippy over extending the payroll tax cut." (Politico.com, 02/04/12).
With the measure would be the unemployment insurance benefits for an additional millions of people, whose payments would be delayed; making "the poor and the needy" to suffer for no good reason.
The country's economy was coming along fine, as 230,000 private sector employment was created only last month. The unemployment rate has gone down to 8.3%. All that was good news for the American people as a whole.
However, the tug-of-war in Washington D.C. continued unabated, for the only rational that the Republican majority in the House was feuding with the Democratic leadership in the Senate, causing a stalemate to exist, and thus blocking a quick vote on the extension of the payroll tax cut law, before it expired.
Mostly, all the controversy was about the Republicans gaining or the Democrats retaining, the White House, respectively, through the 2012 presidential election; and that more political points were to be scored by both parties, (Republican and Democratic), for either to gain the upper hand.
What was actually needed was a bi-partisan approach to resolve the country's issues, but some politicians would prefer to haggle it out on important matters, until their faces became red; and even then, they would refuse to relent, and would continue with the disagreements relating to them (matters) for political reasons.
The payroll tax cut law did not warrant that kind of treatment by lawmakers, as that would only trigger the emotional anxieties of the millions of people, who should be working, day and night, to put food on the table for themselves and their families.
They were the "poor" that some politicians did not even realize existed; or that they had some kind of a "safety net" to support them. There was nothing as a safety net for the "poor"; a.k.a. the middle class and the working people of America.
As such, Congress must act now, to alleviate any hardships that might ensue for them (poor), by extending the payroll tax cut before too late.