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


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. The Dems' own wing nut! LOL

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Jul 20, 2010 4:43:07 PM

  2. @ 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?

    Posted by: Bruski | Jul 20, 2010 4:59:44 PM

  3. I like him.

    Posted by: daws | Jul 20, 2010 6:11:31 PM

  4. Someone in the party actually grew a set! Congratulations!! THANK YOU!

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 20, 2010 9:01:51 PM

  5. 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?

    Posted by: ParkersBack | Jul 20, 2010 9:12:43 PM

  6. 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?

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 20, 2010 10:38:53 PM

  7. 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

    Posted by: barjney | Jul 20, 2010 10:53:31 PM

  8. 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!

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 20, 2010 11:08:13 PM

  9. 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?

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 20, 2010 11:25:13 PM

  10. @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.

    Posted by: Piper | Jul 21, 2010 12:02:05 AM

  11. 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 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.

    Posted by: me | Jul 21, 2010 2:29:34 AM

  12. @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.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 21, 2010 3:04:36 AM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 21, 2010 3:07:53 AM

  14. @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. ;)

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 21, 2010 3:23:40 AM

  15. By the way, if you are a Bible reader: "and the meek shall inherit the Earth". That's all I need to know when judging whose side God is on.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 21, 2010 3:27:43 AM

  16. and "gaytards"???


    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 21, 2010 3:33:48 AM

  17. No more comments from Kyle? Sweet!!! Maybe he’ll use his spare time to get that gay reversion therapy he’s been saving for.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 21, 2010 9:55:11 AM

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