Lone senator blocks unemployment benefit extensions

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Thomas Veil, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    Ho boy. As if the senate needed any more of a black eye.

    I think Bunning needs to stop taking his congressional salary and live on unemployment alone for a year. He might rethink his priorities.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I think he's going to find himself alone here but if this is how he wants to go out then so be it. A true dumbass.
     
  3. adroit macrumors 6502

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    I hate to agree with this guy but he does have a good, albeit small, point here.
     
  4. 184550 Guest

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    Why spend money we don't have?

    I thought this was a Obama thing, don't buy things we can't pay for.
     
  5. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    You can't rely on unemployment forever, we've already extended benefits beyond 2 years.. for **** sake.. You can't rely on this **** forever, its supposed to be a stepping stone not a god damn permanent ladder point.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    What do you suggest then for those who still can't get hired? It's not like jobs are any easier to come by?

    I love that you continue to live in your own fantasy world were the only thing that matters is your rhetoric. Look around at the country you supposedly love, its in the ****ing ******* because our people are going through tough times. Go ahead and give them your ladder speech as you take away next weeks food on the table. You don't give a **** about the people, you'd rather rally against the minority that are abusing the system at the expense of those who actually need it AKA THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT.

    You don't care about this country or its people, only your precious ideals, no matter what reality has to say about them.
     
  7. 184550 Guest

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    Last time I looked we weren't a socialist state.
     
  8. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Last time I checked PEOPLE mattered more than your ****ing LABELS, however wrong they may be. Extensions don't make something last forever, however much you'd like to skew it to look that way.
     
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    Last time I checked it's these same extensions that make our war in Iraq sustainable and on going. But don't worry, that doesn't make it wrong or make it last forever. :rolleyes:
     
  10. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    I hope I never find myself in the position where I an unemployed for 2 year or worse being unemployed, collecting and working under the table to subsidize unemployment.

    I would like to heaar from people that have been out of work for that long. What is your profession and how are you making it on unemployment?
     
  11. bradl macrumors 68040

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    The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

    Funny how a song from 1986 (won a Grammy, BTW) rings true today, and he was talking about the Depression.

    Morally and fundamentally, this jerk of a senator failed his constituents, whom he knows are hurting for ways to support their families, as jobs are still scarce. What makes it worse, is that his vote hurts not only his constituents, but other people in the country.

    He's worried about the deficit? This fool doesn't realize that those not having jobs don't help in bringing that deficit down, and that he has just denied a lot of people the chance to keep their families fed, roofs over their head, and the chance to hold on for another chance at work so they can help to pay down that deficit.

    Label me all that you want; I don't smegging care. But there does come a time when people just need to do the right thing. This Senator failed in that.

    BL.
     
  12. bradl macrumors 68040

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    I was there shortly before 9/11 all the way up to June 2003. the job I had at a phone company was eliminated in May 2001 (subsequently, the company went Ch. 11 followed by Ch. 7). This also happened to be in the .com bust. 9/11 happened, then all jobs went belly up. 6 months on unemployment, followed by 2 sets of extensions. Any positions in my field were posted just so employers could either do the "hurry up, get applicants, and wait", or simply collect resumes. Meanwhile, bills rack up, borrow from parents, and feel absolutely s****y because I can't support myself.

    year and a half later, I finally get a job at my doctor's office doing simple data entry (I only got that job because he was a friend of the family). I was told by the office manager at that time that I'd only be there for 5 months, as it was temporary. That ran out. Luckily, I got a call for a job in my field in Sacramento, which I get the job.

    Total unemployed time: 2 years, 3 months.*

    BL.

    *unemployed = not having a job in my profession.
     
  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Exactly. You can't expect people to live on no money at all, what are they supposed to do to feed themselves? Steal?

    I would only count being without work as unemployed, but still it seems like that lasted nearly 2 years.
     
  14. IntheNet macrumors regular

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    Just curious if you read the last sentence of the story you quoted? I cite it below:

    "With the Senate not in a position to vote on the extensions until next Tuesday at the earliest, senators and their staffs scrambled to determine the practical implication of letting the programs lapse -- even if for just a few days."
     
  15. Thomas Veil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    And I wouldn't argue that point, but that's why I mentioned priorities. People gotta survive, and that's more imperative right now than even a balanced budget. (Wonder how much pork this guy has voted for?)

    But wait -- Bunning is an even bigger ass than we thought:

    Are you ****ing kidding me?!? :eek:
     
  16. freeny macrumors 68020

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    From what I understand, the extension will happen anyway but late. Everyone's unemployment will lapse. This will mean that everyone will need to reapply as well as the government will have to redo all their paperwork again costing a s#itload of money that wasnt necessary to spend...

    Should we pat this guy on the back or poke him in the eye?

    Of all the places this guy could choose to prove a point and he chooses to take it out on the unemployed?
     
  17. yg17 macrumors G5

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    It's unfortunate, I think this country would be better off with a bit more socialism.
     
  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    That is a moronic rule. It makes the filibuster look sensible.
     
  19. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    You'd be surprised how much quicker you look for a job when unemployment doesn't last 2 years.. its a statistical fact the longer you extend benefits the longer people stay on them.
     
  20. Queso macrumors G4

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    Do you step over the homeless to get into the opera?
     
  21. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    We have no homeless in my town. We take care of our own without the government. I helped my brother make his house payments during rough times.
     
  22. Queso macrumors G4

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    Of course you don't. There's also no gays in Iran.
     
  23. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    lol. Don't act like you know my town better than I do.
     
  24. 184550 Guest

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    Feel free to move to Europe. I'll help you pack.
     
  25. 184550 Guest

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    That's exactly what I thought when I looked at your source. :eek:
     

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