Boy, Republicans sure are a funny bunch .. they only get excited about the deficit when the Democrats are in office .. but when one of their own is in office, not so much.
It seems that one single man has blocked the entire Senate from passing a short-term extension of unemployment insurance this past weekend -- Republican senator, Jim Bunning from Kentucky.
He's been downright nasty too -- I saw him on the news giving people the finger and kicking them off elevators.
Out-of-work people will lose unemployment benefits because he is intentionally causing gridlock and irreparable harm to millions of Americans .. some of his Republican colleagues tried to talk him out of it (Olympia Snowe) .. others are backing him up (John Cornyn of Texas).
On top of that, about a half-million workers who lost their jobs won't receive the subsidy to help them pay for insurance under COBRA. So they'll be out of work, hungry with no health insurance...
Bunning's argument is that Congress hasn't paid for the extension of benefits, which is why he blocked the legislation. In Kentucky, 4,300 unemployed workers will no longer receive unemployment benefits at the end of next week.
Guess what? Bunning is not running for re-election.
Republicans think folks on unemployment are not trying hard enough to find a job .. they don't seem to care how families struggle to survive on those meager checks.
And unemployment is not a hand out .. it's a benefit that employer and employee pay in to.
I guess it's easy to sit back and block people from eating and paying their bills when you have a job, good health insurance and plenty of money.
First, folks lost their retirement and all their savings .. then they lost their jobs and the benefits they'd paid into for years .. then they lost their homes that they'd worked so, so hard for .. and now they can not even feed their children? These things are not supposed to happen to hard-working Americans, and right now they need a little help!
Why is it that Bunning and the Republicans had no problem running up $9 trillion in debt during the Bush administration .. and now, when workers are in need of a break, he decides to cut off workers unemployment insurance?
Yeah, Republicans have no problem borrowing from China to pay for wars, such as Iraq .. and tax cuts for multimillionaires ... but yet refuse to help those hurt by a Republican-caused recession, people who have no jobs and no healthcare ...
Read more here: The Lexington Herald points out
: "As long as Republicans were in charge, Sen. Jim Bunning was OK with trading a surplus for a deficit. He voted to put two wars, tax cuts and a Medicare drug benefit on the nation's credit card.
Now that Republicans are no longer in charge, Bunning is drawing the line on deficit spending. He's doing it in a way that shows callous contempt for the more than one in 10 working Kentuckians whose jobs disappeared in the economic meltdown."[..]