I was going through the usual this morning and found this article via Ezra Klein's Wonkbook. Some Dems are considering pushing for extension of the Bush tax cuts due to the continued lack of economic improvement. This could be a godsend for the #99ers. Extend the tax cuts across the board including the uber-wealthy and add a jobs program with extended unemployment benefits. Since tax cuts and safety net would be lumped together their timing should be the same. Extend tax cuts thru 2011, do the same for long term unemployment benefits. Thru 2012, 2013, the longer the better.
I realize it would be near impossible to make the "numbers" work. So? That has never stopped Congress before. I believe the only goal for the 99ers should be jobs, jobs, jobs with a safety net until significant job creation can be achieved. Many Congressional friends of the unemployed have been working tirelessly to provide that safety net but with only sporadic success. Politics is the art of giving up something to receive something. This would put the needs of the most at risk with the wants of the least at risk.
Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Let the deal making begin.