>>UPDATED: Unemployment Benefits not all the problem with extension bill
Posted March 2, 2010on:
Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning relented on Tuesday evening, freeing the Senate to approve stopgap legislation extending for another month a host of programs, including highway funding, health insurance subsidies for the unemployed and benefits for the long-term jobless. That gives Congress time to consider the far larger measure covering most of the same programs.
But the daunting price tag on the longer-term measure guarantees more complications and an even rougher path through the Senate than experienced by the bill passed Tuesday.
Bunning held up action for days, causing the government to furlough highway workers and allowing some unemployment benefits to expire. He wanted to force Democrats to find ways to finance the bill so it wouldn’t add to the deficit. But his move sparked a political tempest that subjected Republicans to withering media coverage and cost the party politically. Bunning’s support among Republicans was dwindling, while Democrats used to being on the defensive over health care and the deficit seemed to relish the battle.
Once Bunning gave in, the stopgap bill — which passed the House last week — passed the Senate by a 78-19 vote. President Barack Obama signed it into law late Tuesday.
Kentucky’s Bunning again blocks jobless benefits (AP)– 1 hour agoAP – Sen. Jim Bunning has again blocked the Senate from extending unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless.
I just read this article and then read the comments. Far more telling were the little thumbs up (approval) or thumbs down (disapproval) numbers for the comments. If just reading the comments one would get the impression that Americans approve of extending the unemployment benefits AGAIN. But reading the Thumbs ratings gives an entirely different view. Americans are against any more hand out to the unemployed with money we do not have! Now Americans are a generous people and give more to charity than any other nation but have finally realized the wallet is empty. The American government on the other hand has not realized this little fact yet except for people like Senator Bunning. This man is trying to stand up for what is right and necessary and do what the American people have been telling our government to do: STOP SPENDING.
As for the jobless it may be necessary to take a job at McD’s or even heaven forbid sweeping the streets, but they are jobs. It may even be necessary to do what families did before this became a nanny state and share a bit. I remember when I was a kid and a member of the family had some problems my parents would help with what they could afford and the family member managed to get thru it and was ready to help the next time someone needed help. Now the only ones who might, but just might, help are parents. We expect the government to take care of our families and friends in need.
going one further: do you have an unemployed member in your family? or perhaps a friend or church member? What have you done to help? Have you even offered to help? See what I mean? Even if we want the government to stop spending and even if we want families to help each the like our grandparents did, we personally hadn’t thought of it.