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Politicians are holding the middle class and working people hostage in their efforts to win more benefits for the rich.

No Wonder: Washington DC Has Lowest Unemployment Rate in Nation

No wonder some Washington politicians have been so loath to extend unemployment benefits. They don’t know what it’s like to be unable to find work for many months—and not just because they themselves have jobs. They work in the large metropolitan area with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate.

Jobless rates in the DC area have hovered between five and a half and six percent over the past year, as compared with a national rate of 9.8 percent. It’s the only major metropolitan area with a rate under 6 percent.

People like Tea Party queen Rep. Michele “Scrooge” Bachmann can complain all they want that the extended unemployment benefits won’t be paid for. Of course they won’t—and neither will the extended tax cuts the President has just negotiated with congressional Republicans, but you won’t hear the Scrooges mentioning how the cuts, too, will only put us further in the red. No—what these politicians are doing is holding the middle class and working people hostage in their efforts to win more benefits for the rich.  As President Obama has said, “it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed.” And the hostage is indeed in harm’s way.

About Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Music, where he covers classical music (old and new) and other genres, and Culture, where he reviews NYC theater. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he is on a mission to visit every park in New York City. He has also been a part-time working musician, including as lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado.

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