Fight For Philly, Veterans Rally Against Pat Toomey
Every Republican and self-hating Democrat (Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson; both of which have no real successes in their entire careers) blocked the American Jobs Act from coming up for a vote. The same coalition blocked the Rebuild America Jobs Act and have consistently blocked jobs bills for teachers, firefighters and police officers in the name of stopping tax increases on the top 0.5 percent of earners.
“We’ve got to keep fighting for this,” says Erick Allick, an unemployed Marine Corps veteran who served from 1979-1983, and is now a member of Fight For Philly. Allick says Toomey’s consistent fight to stop any jobs bills from passing shows he’s “not for the people, and not for the veterans of this country.”
“There are a lot of veterans coming home now that could be helped out by this bill,” he says.
The bill, titled the Hire Heroes Act, would provide companies that hire a vet who’s been unemployed for a month, a tax credit of $2,400. Companies that hire a veteran who’s been looking for a job for six months will get a $5,600 credit. Some estimates put the unemployment rate of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at 12 percent—three percent higher than the national average.
Allick says he joined Fight For Philly for them. “Those returning today need information [on Pat Toomey and others blocking Jobs acts],” he says. “And they need to know how to make their choices.”
He also says he’s tried calling Toomey several times, to ask him to vote for the jobs act—and specifically the veterans portion of the act—but has only been able to leave messages on a machine. He has not referred to himself as a veteran in those answering machine messages, he says.
Robert Diamond of Veterans and Military Families for Obama sent out an email this morning calling today’s vote “critical.”
“As a veteran myself, I know the plain, undeniable fact is that servicemen and women should never return home and find themselves struggling to make ends meet,” he wrote.
The tax credits in today’s bill were included in the bill the Republican/vile Democrat coalition blocked last month. This bill, however, may have bipartisan support, as it is paid for with various fees, and not a tax on the richest Americans.