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Kerry Fails to Extend Jobless Benefits ^ | 11 May 2004 | Staff Writer

Posted on 05/11/2004 3:27:19 PM PDT by txradioguy

Because Sen. John Kerry keeps refusing to show up for the job for which he is still on the taxpayers' dole, the Democrats today failed in their election-year ploy to extend federal jobless benefits yet again despite the booming economy.

The Senate rejected the stunt by one vote. The only one of the 100 lawmakers not voting was Kerry, who deemed it more important to attack the president in the Bush stronghold of Kentucky.

Although Democrats didn't gripe about the 5.6 percent unemployment rate when Bill Clinton was running for re-election in 1996, now they claim the same rate is a tragedy.

"Keep our social compact, and extend these needed unemployment benefits," blubbered Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., noted the economy's recent addition of 900,000 jobs and said, "The employment picture in this country is looking up, by any measure."


Here's what Kerry had to say today in Louisville about the unemployed: "We can't just stand back and pretend that they aren't struggling."

Political consultant Dane Strother told the Associated Press: "He needs to understand he's probably not connecting with anyone outside that room."

Note to Sen. Baucus: Why not direct your wrath at your work-shirking colleague from Massachusetts? If you can find him, that is.

Note to Kerry: You so seldom show your face at work, perhaps it's time for you to stop accepting your big fat salary and instead apply for jobless benefits. Especially now that the lines are so short.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; awol; kerry; unemploymentbenefits
This is too funny.
1 posted on 05/11/2004 3:27:21 PM PDT by txradioguy
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To: txradioguy
ROTFLOL Think this will be reported by the alpha-lie channels?
2 posted on 05/11/2004 3:41:04 PM PDT by Libertina (This Tagline contains adult content and has been relocated to the Smokey Back Room.)
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3 posted on 05/11/2004 3:42:10 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: Libertina
I'm not gonna hold my breath. If it is talked about at all it will be spun to make it look like it was the fault of the cold heartless Republicans.
4 posted on 05/11/2004 3:49:46 PM PDT by txradioguy (HOOAH!!!...Not Just A Word...A Way Of Life!!!)
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To: Libertina
No, the media will cover it up, but it's a ROFL moment anyway ... another example of Kerry being AWOL and clueless.

I'm glad it didnt pass. this whole extension would go on forever if the Dems had their way - the economy is not with below average unemployment - the 'hard times' is a myth now, economy is doing great.
5 posted on 05/11/2004 3:53:10 PM PDT by WOSG ( - I salute our brave fallen.)
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To: txradioguy
This will make for a nice ad for President Bush. Good to see the Senate Repubs can act in a partisan fashion too.
6 posted on 05/11/2004 4:08:28 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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This is sooooooo funny. Did the Dems have "promised" votes (as is customary) that backed off. The word is that they would call Kerry in if it was necessary to pass for the "DEM SUCKUPS".

Kerry will say that there was one provision in it that he did not agree with and expected it to be resolved "to his liking" prior to the vote call and then he would come in for the vote to extend the benefits..yada yada yada.

7 posted on 05/11/2004 4:11:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Kerry will say that....

Funny, none of my high school teachers would accept such a 'nuanced' answer for me not doing my homework. If Kerry were from Arkansas instead of Massachusetts, his 'nuance' would just be a 'lie'.

8 posted on 05/11/2004 5:23:56 PM PDT by tbpiper
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