For the record, if Congress has passed a law requiring new expenditures to be paid using stimulus money and not added to the national deficit, then I am in agreement with Senator Jim Bunning. To hold hostage benefits to millions of individuals and families to make a point is wrong and I strongly disagree with the senator.
The point should have been made a long time ago. Congress should not have waited so long to extend the bill that would keep benefits coming to those who have lost their job. With something so important you just don’t wait until the week before time runs out to tackle the problem.
The money to pay for the extension should come directly from the stimulus money and not be added to the deficit if that is what has been determined. Denying children food and shelter is wrong because landlords don’t want to hear any excuses about what’s going on between you and the government. Stop the madness people!!!
According to two Democratic aides on the Senate floor Thursday night, Bunning muttered “tough s—” as Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, criticized Bunning’s stance on the package.
With up to five million people subject to losing their benefits by June, (according to the National Unemployment Law Project) and crime increasing, if I were in Senator Bunning’s position, I would invest in several bullet proof vests. I’m just saying.
As of the writing of this 9:05 pm, March 2, CNN reports that there is a deal in the works to get the bill passed by the end of the night. We will see what happens with tempers so high…
Our Guest blogger for March is Nathan Pralle from PhilosYphia. Saturday March 6, 2010 is when you can read Nathan’s post. Stop by his site to get a feel for the kind of reading you can look forward to this Saturday.