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  1. Bart says

    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.”

  2. Kyle says

    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.

  3. Bob R says

    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.

  4. Chris says

    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…

  5. just bill says

    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.

  6. anon says

    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.

  7. Rocco says

    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.

  8. ravewulf says

    @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!

  9. Dave says

    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.

  10. Rik says

    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.

  11. Patric says

    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.

  12. Dave says

    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?

  13. MikeMick says

    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.

  14. Dave says

    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.

  15. justiceontherocks says

    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.

  16. says

    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.

  17. Piper says

    @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.

  18. Bruski says

    @ SSCHIEFRSHA…I’d rather have him then those idiots on the right and at Ms Grabbycumbuckets. You’re on here are you on unemployment as well?

  19. ParkersBack says

    Trips to England and Hawaii on unemployment benefits? Via a canoe? The average unemployment benefit is 25% BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.

    Welfare? Seriously? Is that anonymous comment from a Canadian or something?

  20. Kyle says

    So is it drugs that have made so many of you totally illogical? Considering that every “stimulus” job has cost $1.65 million, paying the unemployment benefits extension from that bill makes total sense. And yes, you can bet Obama is going to try and buy the election with “stimulus” checks! Just one problem. 12 states will not require him to produce his BC before he can get on the ballot. Where is that going to magically come from?

  21. barjney says

    unemployment is 50% of your salary with no taxes taken out > I was getting $750.00 a month>> go on trip to England Hawaii SOUNDS LIKE REPULICANT BS

  22. Kyle says

    The only way to grow jobs is through tax cuts! It has been proven time and again. Adding more tax burden during a major recession will only exacerbate the situation. Economics for the sane 101. Get a clue!

    Have you checked the tax tables for 2011? All of you jokers who get a paycheck will be getting less. Now add Obamacare!

  23. Kyle says

    Because Andy Towle or Mike has added a single word to my comment above – NOT. This is my last post on this idiotic blog.

    Let’s make this VERY clear. 12 – that’s TWELVE states have passed legislation requiring the President of the USA to produce his Birth Certificate to the Secretary of State to get on the ballot. This is fact, not fiction. So where is Obama going to print one up this time?

  24. Piper says

    @Kyle: When in doubt always go for the tired: “President Obama was not born in the U.S.” b***s***. I guess I need to bring up the tired: “Bush 2 did NOT win the 2000 presidential election.” Get over it and blog with your buddies over at Fox News.

  25. me says

    Today’s and yesterdays outrage by the president and others regarding UE extension is contrived in the sense they now confidently have the ability to pass it in the senate due to the one vote of Robert Byrd’s Dem. replacement who took his seat Monday, tipping the balance in the Dems favor.If they have party discipline they can now pretty much pass anything they as a party wish, now that they control the executive branch and the lower and upper house….at least until Nov. when the Democrats may very well lose control of one or both houses.

    I agree it lame to take on unemployment benefits when the economy is quite bad (and will be for a long time; the financial services/banker/real estate collapse(s) have devastated the U.S. economy, especially bailing out the big guys; A.I.G. and company should have been allowed to declare bankruptcy,etc., but they got bailed out because the big guys always win no matter what. The game is fixed. UE benefits is like throwing a bone to the little guy and gal

    No one is living high of the hog on UE benefits, and it produces immediate and positive economic and social results. How anyone who works for a living (lucky to have a job) would whine about UE benefits when everything is considered is beyond me. If you’ve been working for years you’ve paid into the system for these benefits. The big guys have zero problem grabbing their benefits and even spend considerable $ lobbying for their cut or more every day in D.C. and the state capitals.

  26. says

    @Me: The SCOTUS’ winter decision regarding how to treat corporations (in regards to political donations) is only going to make things worse.

    The best and most viable solution is to keep a Democrat in the oval office. Until the SCOTUS’ political mechanizations are controlled (and they wouldn’t be under a GOP president), we can only wish we were as important as the big guys.

  27. JT says

    Ha ha! I don’t care about either party, but I guarantee if a Republican said something like this you gaytards would be screaming, “Oh, of course they think they speak for God too!” But since it’s a Dem. you throw your own twist on it.

  28. says

    @JT: We hear it 24 hours a day from Fox News, Palin, Limbaugh, Rove, Cheney, etc. … it’s just refreshing to hear it from someone who actually feels something for the little guy. I think we can be a little exuberant when that happens. 😉

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