Georgians: You Still Want This Guy As Your Senator?
Leaving alone for a minute that Chambliss has for years fought tooth and nail against every bill to increase the federal minimum wage rate, ThinkProgress tells us about how Chambliss didn't even care to show up for last week's Senate vote on extending benefits for the unemployed and instead stayed Down South to give a campaign speech on… Unemployment!
On Thursday, Georgia’s Department of Labor announced that the state’s unemployment levels rose to 7 percent in October, the highest in 16 years; approximately 43,093 unemployed Georgians are looking for work. That same day, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who is locked in a tough run-off election battle with Democrat Jim Martin, gave a campaign speech on the state’s economic troubles:Please go here to read more.
However, Chambliss was so busy campaigning that day that he actually skipped the Senate’s vote on the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008, which extended unemployment benefits “by 13 weeks in states with an unemployment rate of at least 6 percent.” Chambliss was one of just four senators to miss the vote. WCTV reported that Chambliss later sent out a press released praising “the passage of the law and [said he] hopes it will help laid-off workers get by while seeking a new job.”
And here's a great video on Saxby Economics that shows that this guy doesn’t even have the knowledge of a freshman Economics student, much less a United States Senator:
Good thing Georgians will have had another month to think this through before voting again.