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Watch: Alan Grayson Slams GOP on Unemployment — 'May God Have Mercy on Your Souls'

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Rep. Alan Grayson goes after Republican resistance to extending unemployment benefits:

"The Republicans have been after all three of those programs ever since 1935. They got welfare a few years ago, because that's poor people. They could jump on them. But unemployment and Social Security is middle-class people -- they haven't been able to get them, but it isn't because they're not willing to try...Now, I know what the Republicans are thinking. They're thinking why don't they just sell some stock...If they're in really dire straits, maybe they could take some of their art collection and send it off to the auctioneer. And if they're in deep, deep trouble maybe these unemployed can sell one of their yachts...And I will say this to the Republicans who have blocked this bill now for months and kept food out of the mouths of children. I will say to them now, may God have mercy on your souls."

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  1. Very considerate of Grayson to hope they are shown mercy. I'd say fuck any God who displays any mercy at all to any Republican.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jul 20, 2010 12:14:10 PM


  2. I love, love, love this man. He is an American hero.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 20, 2010 12:16:05 PM


  3. Grayson makes me smile every time he speaks. He's fearless and about as honest as they come. (Or in Palin speak he's 'honfearest'...sorry, still can't get over her utter ignorance.)

    Can't wait to see everyone over at Fox News bleed from their ears over this. Ought to be hilarious. Maybe they'll have Michelle Bachman on to "refudiate."

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 20, 2010 12:34:22 PM


  4. Rubbish! The Republicans have bill ready to go which will fully fund the unemployment benefits which will be funded via the "stimulus" bill. Harry Reid said no way. It is Reid who is holding this up, NOT the Republicans. Obama wants to hold onto the $400+ billion that is unspent to try and buy the election in 2012 by mailing out checks. Both Obama and Reid are finished.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 20, 2010 12:36:51 PM


  5. Grayson is an intelligent man. This speech is purely rhetorical because Grayson knows what most Americans should know, and that is the Republicans have no soul. They have greed and selfishness and avarice and love only for material possessions. But they have no soul. That was sold years ago. They also know there is no god, that that delusion is only one of many tricks designed to keep the masses divided and obedient lest they unite and take their master's money away.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jul 20, 2010 12:46:07 PM


  6. Please. This is narcisistic grandstanding, they're using this trope to try and beat down the opposition ahead of the elections. There is no more money ! Democrats promised to 'pay as you go' and they have not. Insolvency is totally plausible. Cutting earmarks and NASA will not save us. All the money is in the entitlement programs and that means 'painful cuts' have to be made somehwere.

    All that said the Republicans are no better they ran a huge deficit under Bush (Expanding Medicare by the way which contradicts this Congressman's accusations) and now Dems are running up an even bigger deficit...

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 20, 2010 12:48:55 PM


  7. well, obviously this isn't a political blog, because kyle and chris are clueless. the republican plan to pay for unemployment benefits using stimulus money would be counterproductive - we need both as a stimulus. in fact the original stimulus program should have been bigger - that's why the economic growth is so sluggish right now. and insolvency is not a possibility. our deficit as a percentage of our gdp is no worse than it was during the bush years. basic economics clearly shows in times of recession, deficit spending is not a bad thing - in fact that is what keeps the recession from getting worse. oh, and by the way, one of the major reasons we are running deficits right now is because of bush's tax cuts. republicans still don't understand that cutting taxes does NOT increase revenues.

    Posted by: just bill | Jul 20, 2010 1:12:25 PM


  8. I absolutely love this man! Wow!

    Posted by: tooboot | Jul 20, 2010 1:32:02 PM


  9. First, they would actually have to have a soul.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 20, 2010 1:32:17 PM


  10. People out of work more than 99 weeks should just go on welfare. Notice that this will extend benefits through Nov! Ah, an election year... The progressive approach would be to switch to job training programs or something more pro-active, rather than passively handing money out. How about subsides for vocational training, community college tuition and work-study programs? Let's change the way the game is played.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 20, 2010 1:37:13 PM


  11. Republicans have no souls, that's why their Republicans and not helping out the middle-class people.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Jul 20, 2010 1:39:49 PM


  12. Go Grayson! One of the few real Democrats left! One of the VERY few Democrats who hasn't turned to mush, afraid the cabal of the clueless will call him a "liberal."
    The cynical & hateful followers of Bush I&II,Atwater,& Rove need to be returned the dustbin of history from whence they came...with the last Republicant who almost destroyed the US: Herbert Hoover.

    Posted by: Rocco | Jul 20, 2010 1:41:25 PM


  13. @bill I agree with everything you said, but would like to add in one more point. Banks aren't lending. Instead they are back to making record profits for their own benefit and no one else's (like we knew they would without ACTUAL financial reform as opposed to the watered down "fixes none of the real problems" bill we have now)

    Grayson FTW!

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jul 20, 2010 1:50:35 PM


  14. Alan Grayson is the one of the finest Representative that the American people have today if not the finest.

    And Kyle… Please tell me what it’s like on planet “Headupyourass,” do you really think the GOP give a flying fornication about folks that are hurting in this depression? If you do you are willfully ignorant.

    And Chris, your concern about the deficit is a symptom of an infection of bullshit that you’ve contracted by exposure to FOX misinformation and distribution. The CBO has shown that for every one dollar in unemployment benefits paid out $1.61 is returned to society. Funny that? A person on unemployment spends the money..

    Screw cuts to any social programs. Let the Bush tax cuts (all of them to those who make over $250k) expire, reinstate the progressive estate tax and lift the 99k limit on Social Security and bring the top tax bracket back to 90% as it was under Eisenhower in those dark fiscal days of the 50’s. Our budget would be balanced within two years and we would be have a surplus, not a debt within 10.

    The GOP only cares about the rich, not the poor, not the middle class or not even the upper middle class, only the rich. All you need do to prove what I’ve said true is open your eyes and read what they have said and done over the years. The GOP has not championed one program that has helped anybody but themselves ever. They favor multi-national corporations over small business every day and with the SCOTUS ruling in Citizens United, they don’t even need any cash other than corporate cash, of which they can now receive and have with limited restriction. Tax-cuts for the upper 2% and tax incentives to expatriate jobs from the United States of America, removing tax breaks from the poor and the middle-class, that is the track record of the GOP. Any homo or average working person that supports the GOP needs to become acquainted with reality.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2010 1:57:14 PM


  15. Just one question. When will he run for national office so I can vote for him ?

    Posted by: jerry | Jul 20, 2010 1:57:14 PM


  16. I know several folks who are thrilled to live on unemployment as long as it lasts. One guy has taken trips to Hawaii and England, since he can afford to live on unemployment. A woman I know is doing the same thing. She says unemployment pays too well to look for a job.

    Posted by: Rik | Jul 20, 2010 1:58:16 PM


  17. Excellent comment, Just Bill. Despite all the evidence that the stimulus bill has indeed worked to keep the unemployment rate from soaring to 12% or higher - see, e.g., http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2010/05/cbo-stimulus-raised-gdp-17-to-42-in-q1.html, the Faux news crowd cannot be swayed by facts. See, e.g., http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/01/25/too-dumb-to-thrive/ and http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/07/12/exposed-to-facts-the-misinformed-believe-lies-more-strongly/

    No doubt the stimulus bill should have been bigger and should have been focused more on shovel-ready construction projects and less on tax cuts (which, according to all available evidence, are decidely less stimulative than putting money into the hands of the unemployed and middle-class families) but that was apparently seen as impossible in a world where 60 votes are required before the Senate will take any action and virtually every Republican is committed to no goal more paramount than denying the President (and through him the nation he leads) any successes. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/the-story-of-the-stimulus/

    As for the Republican lie that Democrats will be raising taxes in December by allowing the incredibly irresponsible Bush tax cuts for billionaires, which have contributed significantly to our current mess, to expire, Ezra Klein slays them on that one. Here he captures the numerous outrageous features of their argument:

    "It's really hard to know where to start with this one. It's not a tax increase passed into law by Democrats. It's a reversion to old tax rates passed into law by Republicans. It's not how law is supposed to work. It's the result of twisting a budget process meant to reduce the deficit so you could use it to massively increase the deficit. And as for the policy itself, it's a fiscal nightmare: No one who professes concern for short-term deficits can argue for the extension of these deficit-financed tax cuts and retain credibility on debt issues. This is a litmus test. It's not Democrats who are trying to pass the largest tax hike of all time, but Republicans who are calling for the largest increase in the deficit in memory."

    Suffice it to say, Just Bill, that you couldn't be more correct in labeling Chris and, even moreso, Kyle as clueless.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 20, 2010 2:02:15 PM


  18. If you know a crime is being committed report it. Your felonious “friends” by no means are the rule, they are an exception and the existence of jerks like them is no reason to deny the children of the unemployed a meal or the dignity of a roof over their heads. You comfortable Rik?

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2010 2:07:46 PM


  19. All Democrats should talk like Grayson, but they're such huge pussies they're afraid if they do that Republicans will be mean to them.

    And whoever the junior genius is who says there's no more money to pay for unemployment benefits, horseshit. There's plenty of money. The upper 1 percent of the population have been hoarding it since the Reagan years, thanks to high interest rates and upper-income tax cuts. No money my ass.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jul 20, 2010 2:12:37 PM


  20. Here here!! Mikemick!, Patric, Jerry, Rocco and all sane posters herein. As for the trust fund homos, supporting and defending their GOP oppressors, enjoy your 15% capital gains tax and spend some of that savings on a actual education rather than going to that white party this year. It will do wonders for your souls.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2010 2:24:52 PM


  21. The debate over unemployment benefits has always been about how to pay for it, not whether to do it (Sen. Kyl and a few others as exceptions.) Both sides could have done a lot more to get this done. Instead they'd rather blamestrom.

    There's some evidence that th stimulus bill helped with unemployment at least temporarily. But there are still far too many people in this nation who used to make 50k and now make 25k.

    When Al Gore invented the internet he forgot to tell us how many jobs it would cost. No one in either party has put forth anything to help displaced people resume a career.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 20, 2010 2:29:57 PM


  22. Al Gore never claimed to invent the internet. During the 2000 campaign, he said he was on the Senate panel that authorized the research into what would one day publicly become the internet.

    So to be so flippant about it, JUSTICE, is to show that- when you are looking to be informed- you look no further than GOP rhetoric.

    Given that you are too content to take slander and insults as facts, why would anyone listen to anything you have to say?
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    Grayson is a true American hero.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 20, 2010 2:57:06 PM


  23. We keep kyle away from books for his own safety.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 20, 2010 3:07:04 PM


  24. Tank, your comments always make me smile. Rock on!

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jul 20, 2010 3:22:54 PM


  25. @Kyle: Further funding for unemployment in exchange for the extension of the RIDICULOUS Bush tax cuts, that's what the Republicans want. The middle class continues to suffer at the hands of the idiots that believe tax cuts raise revenue and reduce the deficit. This principle was called "Voo-Doo Economics" by Bush 1 and many financial analysts, including a top advisor to Bush 2 say it's not the answer.

    Posted by: Piper | Jul 20, 2010 4:08:14 PM


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