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Sen. Bunning blocks unemployment benefits extension
McClatchy Newspapers David Lightman And Halimah Abdullah, Mcclatchy Newspapers ^ | 2/26/10 | By David Lightman and Halimah Abdullah

Posted on 02/26/2010 11:19:10 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative

WASHINGTON — Some unemployment benefits could dry up Monday. Newly laid-off workers wouldn't get federal help with health insurance premiums.

Road and transit bills could go unpaid, Medicare payments to doctors would stay high and rural satellite reception could be affected, all thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block legislation that would keep alive a host of programs that expire Sunday night.

The Kentucky Republican, according to several sources, told Democratic colleagues "tough s---" Thursday when they tried to get him to change his mind.

The Senate is expected to consider a longer-term extension of the programs Monday, with passage likely next week.

The House of Representatives passed the extension by voice vote, and the Senate was expected to go along. Then along came Bunning, a fiscal conservative, who objected because Congress didn't pay for the $10 billion bill.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 111th; bunning; congress; federalspending; gop; jimbunning; reid; unemployment

1 posted on 02/26/2010 11:19:10 PM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

A beautiful example of the MSM’s unbiased reporting.


2 posted on 02/26/2010 11:32:46 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Rep. Bunning demonstrated great courage and sound principle. The state of Kentucky is blessed to have a man of his integrity in office.


3 posted on 02/26/2010 11:35:10 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Thank goodness Bunning doesn’t get to vote on the emergency war supplemental bills or our military would be without boots and ammo! That particular piece of legislation is never deficit-neutral either....


4 posted on 02/26/2010 11:43:32 PM PST by kittykat77
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

You did Good Senator. Be the bee in their bonnet.


5 posted on 02/26/2010 11:43:59 PM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Looks like some Reps are remembering where they hid the key to the testicle lock box.


6 posted on 02/26/2010 11:45:28 PM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! The Statist never gives up, and neither do we - Mark Levin)
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To: re_nortex

Im not so sure on this...

My company recently held a job fair and we got over 400 applicants. Most were unemployed and many even had college degrees, some had graduate degrees.

Its a sad situation out there for a lot of people. It’s part of the reason why there is so much hate for the government right now.

I dont buy into the idea that people on unemployment want to stay unemployed. There are just no jobs out there.


7 posted on 02/26/2010 11:47:07 PM PST by jerry557
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To: re_nortex

Bunning is a senator and not a representative, which is a good thing. As a representative, and in accordance with his courageously principled stand against deficit spending, Bunning would have had to vote against every emergency war supplemental bill for the troops in Iraq and Af/Pak since 2003. Those war supplementals are debt-only, never deficit-neutral.


8 posted on 02/26/2010 11:47:45 PM PST by kittykat77
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To: jerry557

“Unemployment” is unemployment INSURANCE, as I understand it, and since we get the premiums taken involuntarily out of our paycheck, I think the paid-for benefits should be paid.

I don’t know exactly if Bunning is holding out against unpaid extensions or first time benefits or what. I’ll have to read up on it more closely.


9 posted on 02/26/2010 11:54:38 PM PST by Persevero (Satan tries to separate what God puts together and join together what God separates.)
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To: jerry557
I dont buy into the idea that people on unemployment want to stay unemployed. There are just no jobs out there.

I think that anyone with enough gumption and drive can usually [emphasis intentional] find rewarding work. There are nearly always opportunities in sales. Any business is eager to hire someone who can bring in money. Moreover, there are also options for self-employment (such as those advertised on Laura Ingraham's program).

That said, the Obama Economy (TM) has certainly made the going rough even for the new generation of Horatio Algers.

...and BTW, I did botch the ``Rep'' vs. ``Sen'' in an earlier post. My apologies for that goof since I do know better and have followed his career since his baseball days.

10 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:06 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: Persevero
-- I don't know exactly if Bunning is holding out against unpaid extensions or first time benefits --

He's objecting to the most recent in a long series of extensions.

11 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:53 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Auntie Mame

Oh yes...blocking unemployment benefits. How awful! Dont these leeches know they have to pay back a portion of those back? I know acquaintances who are on the same boat. One of them just plain STOPPED looking for work and will just set up his own business. His mentality was “if you cant find a job, create one.”


12 posted on 02/27/2010 12:12:49 AM PST by max americana
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To: Cboldt

“He’s objecting to the most recent in a long series of extensions.”

I don’t mean to sound cavalier, but I’d back him on this, then. I am afraid subsidizing unemployment creates more of it. If premiums were paid, but the benefits were also all paid, I don’t think there is a moral argument to just legislating more and more benefits.


13 posted on 02/27/2010 12:18:34 AM PST by Persevero (Satan tries to separate what God puts together and join together what God separates.)
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To: max americana
“if you cant find a job, create one.”

Here's just one example of someone who could have taken entitlements and looted the taxpayer's till (as Dagny Taggart might phrase it) but through sheer determination and hard work overcame adversity to become a successful salesman:

Bill Porter (Door to Door).

14 posted on 02/27/2010 12:20:34 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

erm, the link turns into a reply post..


15 posted on 02/27/2010 12:23:52 AM PST by max americana
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To: re_nortex
ARGC! ARGV! Lemme try that link correctly this time:

Bill Porter (Door to Door).

16 posted on 02/27/2010 12:26:58 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
By David Lightman and Halimah Abdullah

Is the MSM now employing the Taliban?

17 posted on 02/27/2010 12:27:09 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Envy is the Lifeblood of Liberalism)
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To: Cowboy Bob
By David Lightman and Halimah Abdullah
Is the MSM now employing the Taliban?

It's McClatchy, the one media outlet that makes even MSNBC seem reasonable! Well...maybe quite not that far... :-)

18 posted on 02/27/2010 12:50:57 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: jerry557

Bunning isn’t opposed to the unemployment compensation extension, he’s opposed to it being unfunded.

Bunning said: “”If we can’t find $10 billion somewhere for a bill that everybody in this body supports, we will never pay for anything,” he said.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460320/posts


19 posted on 02/27/2010 1:04:08 AM PST by Need4Truth (We can't afford the empire or the entitlements.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
THAT's not how the article goes! Her'es the direct quote:
WASHINGTON — Some unemployment benefits could dry up Monday. Newly laid-off workers wouldn't get federal help with health insurance premiums.

Road and transit bills could go unpaid, Medicare payments to doctors would stay high and rural satellite reception could be affected, all thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block legislation that would keep alive a host of programs that expire Sunday night.

The Kentucky Republican, according to several sources, told Democratic colleagues "tough s---" Thursday when they tried to get him to change his mind.

I mean, God, what a jerk! Here we are trying to be reasonable on the Democrat aisle, and this a%%clown insists we actually spend money we have.

But what do you expect from a two-bit piece-of-crap tyrant DIRTBAG like BUNNING. I would WRING his NECK if I ever saw him!

I HATE HIM! I HATE HIM! WHAT A MOTHERF**#&&$(! HE IS HUTLER! HIS MOTHER IS A SAINT BERNARD! F**#& THAT MOTHERF#*&$*&( PIECE OF S*&#( LET'S KILL HIM AUUUGAGGGGAGG AUUAUUUUUHGGGGG!!!!!@!!!1!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!

(Mike Shepard, Jill Meyers, and Andrew Morton contributed to this report)


20 posted on 02/27/2010 1:11:56 AM PST by Lazamataz (Seriously. The only way Obama can possibly pull this out is to declare Martial Law before November.)
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To: jerry557
There are just no jobs out there.

There are no jobs being created because the government is borrowing so much.

The only way to get more jobs out there is for the government to cut spending. Right now the government is borrowing $1.5 trillion per year to finance deficit spending. This borrowing "crowds out" private investment. Every dollar the government borrows from investors is a dollar that otherwise would have been invested in the private sector and would have created jobs there.

21 posted on 02/27/2010 1:15:30 AM PST by arista
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To: Persevero

It’s called “insurance” in the same way that Social Security and Medicare are.

The payments in have no connection to the payments out. The majority of those who (chronically) use it pay in an irrelevant pittance and are getting paid out large welfare checks. Those who never use it pay in very disproportionate amounts.

Congress has tacked on 26 week extensions half a dozen times over the past year, to the point where “unemployment” now runs 99 weeks!

That’s TWO YEARS of welfare if you can’t find your dream job, or don’t want to, or would be better off just taking a cash job AND the checks, like illegals/drug dealers.


22 posted on 02/27/2010 2:00:06 AM PST by BobbyT
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To: BobbyT

99 weeks of unemployment benefits???? Canada only pays 52 weeks maximum. And you call us socialists????


23 posted on 02/27/2010 5:12:52 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

All he did was deny unanimous consent. The senators will now have to vote on it, instead of just one person asking for unanimous consent and passing bills.

This should be done far more often so that senators go on the record (which they hate to do!)

Unanimous consent is the senate’s way of voting on things quickly and going off to do something else. They should be forced (republican and democrat) to sit there and listen to the endless nonsense that half of them spout and then actually have to say aye or nay.


24 posted on 02/27/2010 5:17:02 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
I am stymied over the unemployment extentions. There really are few jobs out there, and the government is standing in the way of that getting better. Some, probably small, percent of those out of work are dirtbags. Another small percent are people who could actually build and sustain their own small business.

Ending the benefits and forcing them onto welfare might motivate some to work harder to find work. But there just isn't anywhere to go.

25 posted on 02/27/2010 8:07:35 AM PST by Dianna
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To: re_nortex
Rep. Bunning demonstrated great courage and sound principle. The state of Kentucky is blessed to have a man of his integrity in office.

Putting people who want to work out on the streets is "integrity"????? If you think the economy is bad now, just wait until the foreclosure rate skyrockets from people who do not get any unemployment insurance.

And do you even know that Bunnings objection is that this money is to be spent from the remaining $400B in stimulus funds, instead of from new funds? He does not object to the idea itself. But doing this in this way makes Republicans look very bad.


26 posted on 02/27/2010 12:35:17 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Dianna

There are no jobs out there. I am unemployed and the job listings are the same virtually from week to week.

And I recently had an interview where I was 1 of 14 interviewed. Do not even want to know how many applied for the 1 position. Must have been 200.


27 posted on 02/27/2010 12:36:41 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: jerry557
I dont buy into the idea that people on unemployment want to stay unemployed. There are just no jobs out there.

The average number of unemployed people to every job opening was 6.1 about a month ago. It is probably much higher now. I recently had an interview where I was 1 of 14 being interviewed.
28 posted on 02/27/2010 12:41:51 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
There are no jobs out there. I am unemployed and the job listings are the same virtually from week to week. And I recently had an interview where I was 1 of 14 interviewed. Do not even want to know how many applied for the 1 position. Must have been 200.

With all respect and this is not intended to be taken as a personal slight, your handle of ``Red in Blue PA'' is telling. You're simply in the wrong state.

And I can speak from experience having been born in Pennsylvania and then opting to leave due to big labor, big taxes, big government under the thumb of Democrat control and an anti-business climate. If there's any way you can relocate to a right-to-work state, I have every confidence you'll find a fulfilling means of employment. And you'll be able to become ``Red in Red OK'', ``Red in Red AL'' or maybe ``Red in Red TX''.

So long as Pennsylvania remains closed shop, pro-union and anti-growth, it will remain like much of the rest of the Rust Belt. I hate to say it (and I'm sure your an exception), a large number of Pennsylvanians have a sense of entitlement instead of a go-hung entrepreneurial bent.

And the weather is generally gloomy on top of all that. :-) I simply have no desire to ever go back.

29 posted on 02/27/2010 1:18:01 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex
...I'm sure your an exception...
s/your/you're/
Self-policing grammar police on patrol.
30 posted on 02/27/2010 1:22:44 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: BobbyT

I would feel ripped off if I had unemployment insurance taken out of my check for ten years, then didn’t get to collect any benefits if I were fired.

I am not in favor of unpaid-for extensions, though.


31 posted on 02/27/2010 1:28:22 PM PST by Persevero (Satan tries to separate what God puts together and join together what God separates.)
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To: Persevero
Then along came Bunning, a fiscal conservative, who objected because Congress didn't pay for the $10 billion bill.
32 posted on 02/27/2010 1:29:49 PM PST by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: Persevero

I feel ripped off that I’m having unemployment “insurance”, welfare “insurance”, AFDC “insurance”, Social Security “insurance”, Medicare “insurance”, etc taken from my paycheck.

But I’d sure as hell get rid of those massively bankrupt, blatantly redistributionary failures and consider what’s been taken from me so far as a sunk cost, rather than expand them even further in the hopes I’ll get to collect a slightly higher chunk of someone else’s paycheck, knowing everyone who actually works will end up paying that much more down the road.


33 posted on 02/27/2010 1:41:31 PM PST by BobbyT
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To: BobbyT

Me too, I’d rather not get charged involuntary premiums in the first place.


34 posted on 02/27/2010 1:46:20 PM PST by Persevero (Satan tries to separate what God puts together and join together what God separates.)
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To: re_nortex

So then your answer is that every Conservative should move to the deep south or shut up?

Nice.


35 posted on 02/27/2010 2:12:17 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Just remember everytime subjects like this come up:

Obama and dem Congress have taken care of government employees, with “stimulus.”

In CA LA Mayor Villar recently suggested 15% across the board pay cuts for all employees of Lost Angeles.

I was surprised to hear somebody like him come right out and say it; but it must be hitting government budgets between the eyes.

Private sector=really hurting

Public sector=no pain at all


36 posted on 02/27/2010 2:26:27 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Red in Blue PA
So then your answer is that every Conservative should move to the deep south or shut up?

Certainly not the ``shut up'' part...not at all. Become vocal and active. Do as I did when I lived in Pennsylvania and work to decertify labor unions. I succeeded by convincing my colleagues that the union was confiscating our wages with benefits only to the lazy in our shop and to the union bosses. Work to repeal that equally-confiscatory state income tax that continues to keep Pennsylvania near the bottom. And do your part to get true Conservatives elected to office throughout the Commonwealth.

On the other hand, yes a move to the South by every Conservative wouldn't be a bad idea after all. Then WE could take the real America back without secession here but there!

37 posted on 02/27/2010 2:28:13 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: kittykat77
All defense spending bills go through the Senate as well. Furthermore, Senator Bunning has served on both the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee where he would have voted on hundreds of pieces of legislation.

Bunning has always been a strong fiscal conservative. Do a bit of research on his debates against Greenspan and Bernake regarding fiscal policy.

38 posted on 03/01/2010 7:30:14 AM PST by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: Persevero
I am not in favor of unpaid-for extensions, though."

The problem though is that you are in a recession/depression. You are going to have some unfunded expenditures until the economy comes back.

It's like being laid off and saying you aren't going to borrow to eat. You'll just do without eating until you find work and can pay for it.

Sure it would be nice if the government had set up a reserve that they could draw on to fund crisis interventions like this. But they didn't so here we are.

39 posted on 03/01/2010 8:42:41 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
The House of Representatives passed the extension by voice vote, and the Senate was expected to go along. Then along came Bunning, a fiscal conservative, who objected because Congress didn't pay for the $10 billion bill.

Fiscal conservative?????? They just didn't throw him enough pork.

40 posted on 03/01/2010 8:46:16 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

If they don’t count the offsets here, they will spend this “free” money someplace else.

I think PAYGO is stupid. But if that is the stupid rule, they should at least follow it. The only thing worse than PAYGO is pretend PAYGO.


41 posted on 03/01/2010 10:30:46 AM PST by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be your slave.)
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To: brothers4thID
Bunning has always been a strong fiscal conservative.

I respectfully disagree. Bunning has had no problem putting Iraq and Af/Pak war expenditures on the country's Chinese credit card. To me, that's not fiscal conservatism. That's just picking and choosing what you want to prtend to be "fiscally conservative" about.

42 posted on 03/01/2010 6:31:07 PM PST by kittykat77
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To: kittykat77

Then you should do more research on Bunning’s legislative record. He was demanding offsets for war spending as far back as 2002.


43 posted on 03/02/2010 4:23:41 PM PST by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: brothers4thID
Well, it's always nice to demand offsets, but what did Bunning do when the offsets didn't equal the spending? What were his ultimate votes?
44 posted on 03/02/2010 7:51:20 PM PST by kittykat77
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