Susan Collins: Small State Problems

I was watching C-SPAN late at night like I commonly do, and a rerun of Susan Collins on the Senate floor was playing. She was talking about the stagnant recovery and how people are losing jobs. Then she cited a recent call center closure in Maine that led to the loss of 13-20 jobs. I repeat: 13 to 20 jobs. Now this may be important to demonstrate that this is a symptom of a greater trend in her state. But it’s not. This was literally the only case she cited. The fact is, Maine’s unemployment rate has been decreasing consistently since January 2010. It now sits at 7.5%, a full point and a half lower than the national rate, and almost half the rate of Nevada’s unemployment. When you are a Senator of a state in America, and your primary complaint in a floor speech is the loss of a little over a dozen jobs, you (and your state) live a charmed life. That’s not say 7.5% unemployment is good, but it does seem she’s a little out of touch, though her intentions are correct.

That said, The Sixth Party System would like to thank Susan Collins for her generally moderate views. Though I still do not agree with most of them, I am glad that not every Republican is moving to the right simply because it’s in vogue. If the Senate was made up of more Republicans like her, gridlock would be only a minor concern; the real problem would be: okay, so we’ve enacted policies a, b, and c, now how are they working? Oh, not so well, well let’s try x, y, and z. This is what a functioning government looks like…

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Posted on October 27, 2011, in Levity, Party System. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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