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March 2nd, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Bunning Blocks Benefits for Jobless

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=""] Across the nation and on Capitol Hill, many are blasting Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning for blocking a $10 billion measure that would extend unemployment benefits to more than one million Americans. Bunning claims he doesn’t want to add to the national deficit, but Democrats argue this emergency funding should not be subject to the new “pay as you go” legislation. As a result, many jobless people starting Monday were no longer able to apply for federal unemployment benefits or COBRA health insurance.  (Read the full story here)

Share your story: What do you think of Senator Bunning's actions?

Filed under: Brooke Baldwin • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Dean M

    Honestly, I think he did the right thing. He isn't against the extension he just wants it paid for. Isn't that exactly what the President has requested? I think that all of Congress is to blame for this because they left it until the last minute as usual and created their own crisis. Throw all of the bums out!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  2. Perry L

    Jim Bunning is just another Republican Senator that's outta' touch with the needs of folks here in the USA and just dosen't seem to give a damn about anything or anyone that gets hurt.
    The "Reflublican" stratagy of "All for one and one for all" wears pretty thin on this one. I'd think other Republicans in congress would eather compleatly distance them selves, or put the torch to this guy.
    I really feel for the poor folks in his State of Kentucky and elsewhere who need this money to simply survive a few more weeks.
    Just another mean spirited and outta' touch Republican.

    Thanks to CNN for the Blog topic.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  3. Brenda

    Typical republican action to me, say no to anything thats going to benefit the lower class ( meaning Senator Bunning's class of people )American people , he should live on what some people are living on and see if he can make it. The american people need to get rid of these narrow minded old way of thinking non-progressive thinkers, especially the republicans that are the no majority, they say no to everything thats going to benefit the lower classes than they are. They still think of the trickle down econoics, we got ours, maybe some will trickle down to you . makes me damn mad.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  4. Jerry

    I am currently unemployed, but I'm afraid I have to agree with Sen. Bunning. The government keeps printing money that has absolutely no intrinsic value. Everytime a dollar is printed, it makes the money we have worth a little less. A lot of money being printed makes the money we have worth a lot less. Ultimately, our money will be worthless and our economy will collapse – a disaster I don't want to see come to pass.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    I think the senator should think of what people are going to turn to doing without jobs ready to catch the unemployed hes backing people into a corner to commit crimes to survive .

    March 2, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. Courtney P.

    I saw this last week. It's a shame that the Republicans, for countless years now, have been adding unnecessary pork to bills as "payment" for signing proposed legislation all of the sudden have a problem with passing something that isn't paid for. Last I checked our nation had a deficit and it's been that way long? Well over 60 years now! If you have a deficit then nothing is getting "paid for" until your deficit is clear! The one thing that will help the unemployed, this clown wants to block it's passing. Perhaps this clown has some more pork he'd like to shove in something that's going to do nothing for America but line his pockets.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  7. C.M. Ramakrishna

    He is nasty. But there is no point in blaming him alone. Our whole political system stinks. Our Constitution is outdated and outmoded. Our capitalism through its lobbying is destroying our democracy.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  8. Colleen

    What a guy. If he's looking for ways to save money, will he be refusing his pension when he retires? By the way, did he vote on them getting raises this year? For that matter, did they all vote themselves raises?

    March 2, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  9. Bruce

    Sen. Bunning should retire TODAY. Right now. Get out of the way of progress. "He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a chain and ball on his legs."

    March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  10. Diana

    Oh, he must have had lunch with Cheney!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  11. RickyD

    I agree with the Senator, why not pay for this out of the giant stimulus "slush fund"? Isn't that why it was passed to pay for jobs and extend unemployment benefits. We need more like him to say NO and stand up for the rest of us.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  12. Drew

    This will only be a political win for the dems if they don't drag their feet on going around Bunning and getting this legislation passed. Otherwise, they will be guilty of playing politics like the GOP.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  13. Karen

    Good for Bunning! Why did Harry Reid wait until Friday night to put this "important" legislation to a vote? Because he wanted to hide the fact that this isn't paid for as he promised EVERY legislation would be! Bunning put an amendment up that proposed these fundings but paid for it with the stimulus money - Harry Reid and the democrats voted NO!

    So it is the democrats who are putting people off LONG-TERM unemployment and off their job. Democrats would rather lie to the voter to salvage their pathetic chance in November. They are using people's lives as political football, not Bunning.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  14. Jeri

    It's a sad commentary on our system that perhaps the only legislators free to speak truth to us are those NOT up for reelection. I am a Democrat who supports the stimulus package, but I also wish I could find a way to help those who need it without saddling my beloved grandchildren with crushing debt. I, for one, am perfectly willing to pay higher taxes to relieve them of this burden.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  15. Fernando Rivas

    Bunning's strategy is not surprising, it is more from the party of 'no'.
    Weren't they the party of 'yes' just a few years back? Apparently funding wars and making the rich richer is better policy than putting food on the tables of jobless Americans. Sadly, many who have lost their jobs are as much victims of the current Republican 'no' as they are victims of the previous Republican 'yes'.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  16. joe Shaw

    Another clear example of the lack of interest in the average American by our government. Both parties lack the will to act. Where is the President during this crisis. Off giving another meaningless speech

    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  17. Jennifer

    If the Democratic Leadership truly cared about those hurt by Sen. Bunning's objection to the extension they would put the bill up for a vote instead of trying to do it by unanimous consent. In fact, had they used the Senate rules and stayed for the weekend those programs would never have expired and it would have been extended by now. Instead once again Congress is using people as pawns for their political one-upmanship.
    Why doesn't the media call them on this?

    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  18. Fernando Rivas

    Bunning's strategy is not surprising, it is more from the party of 'no'.
    Weren't they the party of 'yes' just a few years back? Apparently funding wars and making the rich richer is better policy than putting food on the tables of jobless Americans. Sadly, many who have lost their jobs are as much victims of the current Republican 'no' as they are victims of the previous Republican 'yes'.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  19. Jason (Odenton, MD)

    I think both sides DEM's & Rep. are playing Politics. More so the DEM's. They know (SEN BUNNING) will not back down. He said he will not. So the DEMOCRAT's being in charge want to play POLITICS with peoples LIVES...How far are they going to allow this to play out. When you are in charge, you need to STEP UP. This Senator is not running for reelection, he has nothing to loose. THE DEM's do and they will pay because they are in CHARGE of ALL 3 CHAMBERS. VOTE them ALL IMCUMBANTS out of OFFICE.


    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  20. Steve Williams

    A tough position, but the right one. We have to start on the deficit somewhere. Everyone was all excited about "pay as you go" when the President brought it up during the State of the Union and what Bunning is doing is that very thing, saying we all want this so let's pay for it.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  21. michaelann bewsee

    62– unemployed for almost a year– haven't given up hope of working again but I NEED the extended benefits. No savings. Two weeks with no benefits and my lights will be shut off and I'll be another month behind in my rent,. We've spent nearly a trillion dollars in our endless wars. What really makes us safe as a country? Shame on Bunning, who will get a great pension when he retires, and shame on the Democrats for not acting NOW.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  22. jean

    Are you kidding me? Bunning picks now to have a fiscal conscience? Even his fellow Republicans are being strangely quiet. Shame on you Senator Bunning. I think a lot of people would agree we could pay for this partly from his pension and medical benefits he receives.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  23. RuthAnne

    In the interest of the people, why not reach a for half and charge the other half!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  24. Michael Foran

    Are you all kidding me? This man is absolutely right. I am all for helping Americans on unemployment but take the money from somewhere else. We simply must stop printing money we don't have and it has to start somewhere.

    The democracts or demorats, as I like to call them, think they have a political prize with Bunning. This is going to explode all over them (demorats) because Americans are sick of this out of control spending to the point of actually doing something about it.

    Calling it emergency spending and rationalizing it as ok is lame and out of touch. Why don't we take the funds from the pensions set up for our politicians?

    It is sad that the only reason Bunning is speaking his mind and has found his spine is that he will be out soon and does not care. Too bad for us!


    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  25. Barbara McDonald

    I think Bunning is a tipical republican.He only cares about himself and not others who are in need. Iam about to be 65 years of age and still have to struggle because of the republicans.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  26. A. Reynolds

    After watching his bizarre rant the other day, my first though was that he's suffering from early onset alzheimers.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  27. kirby

    This appears to be a politcal move on the part of the GOP, take a guy who has no hope of getting reelected, and throw him on the fire, but claim he's doing it all on his own so there's no blow back. The GOP can't afford to let the Obama administration succeed at even the simplest legislation, because it will be one more step towards nailing the coffers closed on their antiquated and twisted values. They need to redesign their party and modernize, but lack the leadership to do so, so for now the focus is to make the democrats look like failures and let the country fall to peices so they can be the heroes. Too bad so many Americans have such a short memory span and don't understand that Bush got us into this economic mess with his wars, tax cuts, and lack of oversight in the market allowing all the bad subprime loans.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  28. Kyle

    Wow, what a concept...a politician actually thinking through a bill/topic with fiscal responsibility in mind. Can we find some more like him? Brilliant!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  29. pat wilkerson

    was pay-go just grandstanding or a ligitimate bill. Where are all the republicans who should be supporting him? The Senator suggested we use the tarp funds. Whats wrong with that? Or are they keeping it for more sinister pruposes? We are all down the river if our representatives doesn`t stand up now.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  30. Karen

    It is only long-term unemployment – that is for people unemployed between 52-99 weeks. To not specify the group affected is misconduct and fear mongering by CNN. Not every unemployed person is effect, only this who have exceeded one year and only in states with unemployment rates exceeding the national average.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  31. Tim

    A typical cold and heartless Republican. Did I say cheap too!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  32. Walt

    AIG just paid back 25 billion to the government. I see the 10 billon with 15 billion left over.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  33. Carolina

    Tell you what Kyra, have the Senator come to SE TX & live on my UE benefits for 2 months. He wouldn't get the full impact in 1 mth. I am sure he has no clue how to live on a $1000.00 a month & I do not qualify for any government assistance.I'm a single person paying mtg, utilities, food, auto ins., & fuel on this $1000.00 a mth. How do I do it?? I eat store brand pork-n-beans with no pork, while this man fights to stop the UE benefits I receive, so they can pack other bills w/pork.(It's sad that auto ins is required instead of HEALTH ins. that I so not have)

    March 2, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  34. Gail

    On Feb. 13 the President signed the latest version of PAYGO and here is the test of whether the congress was sincere or just blowing smoke when they passed it.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  35. Lana

    Sen. Bunning is a VICIOUS pain in the butt, having no thought for those who are desparate for work, for those who are losing their homes, or for those families living in fear due to uncertain food supplies. Sen. Bunning should be impeached from the senate and sent home without pay or retirement funds. Hiis luxury-level BENEFITS should be cancelled.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  36. Debra Millenson

    When I learned about our government in junior high school I was taught that both houses of Congress acted by majority rule. Now the Senators from both parties have set their own rules. It takes 60 votes, not 51 to have a majority on almost everything and a single person can block many things fron ever coming to the floor - not because of a law or the constitution but because these petty, egotistical men (ans women) would rather have temper tantrums than govern. No wonder America hates politicians. The wonder is that we re-elect any of them.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  37. Larry

    He cost me my federal funded I'm applying for unemployment insurance.....thank you Senator Bunning!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  38. Laura

    If we can pay for the very uncertain benefits of the wars we are paying for, we not only can, but must, pay for those laid off with no immediate hope of re-employment in our own country. Arguably, one could say that our wars are keeping us from having a full scale depression by "employing" millions as soldiers. But to that argument, I would say that we also just finished paying for massive tax cuts in the last ten years, and we can pay for health-care and job-projects for our WORKING poor. We seem to be able to pay for whatever can be argued in the most simplistic manner in front of the American public. A large number of the working poor buy in to arguments that hurt them the most. It is a curious society.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  39. Kristi

    I can certainly see Sen. Bunning's point. We need to get on track with the nation's financing and quit borrowing. Just like in my personal finances, it doesn't matter how much I need something right now, I can't get it. There aren't any credit availability either which would just make it harder on me in the long run to repay. Why wasn't there a budget for these projects when they started? Sen. Bunning is being made into the bad guy, when the planning and funding for these should have already been in place long before now. It seems like some of the stimulus spending plans were 'half-hatched' and that isn't Sen. Bunning's fault. We have to stop the bleeding or we will all be in a poverty stricken state.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  40. Will Stacy

    Kyra-the reason I am able to respond to this aggravating issue is because I am laid off after 35 years of service at a large manufacturing company. China and Mexico has taken our jobs because of reduced labor costs.
    I need the Unemployment Benifits that Senator Bunning is rejecting. More importantly, the COBRA is a life saver for me and my wife, who has a lot of medical issues. If I lose one or both of these benefits I am going to be in big trouble.
    C'mon Senator, all things considered, isn't this as important and necessary as most of the other reasons for deficit spending?

    Will Stacy
    Greenville, OH

    March 2, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  41. Peter

    Until we middle class americans continue to appoint milionares to represent our needs, this is the outcome to be expected. These congress people have different priorities, which are to protect the interests of the rich and powerful like themselves.
    If the senator wants to help reducing the deficit he could start by removing himself and his questionable service from the government payroll.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  42. Von

    Initially I was outraged...but overtime I do understand his point which is a legitimate concern regarding the deficit. However, his choice to vote against this at a time when millions of hard working americans are presently relying on unemployment benefits is simply absurd! Bring the matter up AFTER the $10 billion measure has been approved and passed, then state your concerns on the floor. The Dems will "ride this buggy til the wheels fall off"...and I don't blame them. Senator Bunning is clearly out of touch with the average american and has placed a very dark cloud over the GOP. This gives us an idea of what President Obama has to deal with every day. What a shame.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  43. raine beamer

    My husband and I have a cattle farm in Southwestern VA. Feb. of '09 he was laid off by a local furniture factory where he held a full time job on 3rd shift. The income that generated offset the cost of keeping our farm going. He's been receiving unemployment benefits for over a year now. If Sen. Bunning's block effects us directly, we will be devastated! He may be trying to prove a point but it's dead wrong to do so at the expense of people like us. SHAME ON YOU SENATOR BUNNING! Maybe you should come take a walk in our farm boots for a while and then see how you feel about your decision.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  44. Marty

    I think he's doing the right thing. the problem with Capitol Hill is that everyone, one both sides of the isle, is concentrating on their re-election and on making their own party look good and the other guys look bad. I think we all recognize the need for leaders who vote their conscience as though they have nothing to lose, and he's doing just that. Most people know how to adjust spending priorities at home to pay for urgent needs. I think we need the same fiscal responsibility on Capitol Hill, and if the Senate made the effort to find funding rather than see this as a "political opportunity" this would be a non-issue. I don't buy the line that "This is emergency spending so we don't need to pay for it." Since when has it been OK to take something without paying for it simply because you need it. I think there are laws against that, at least outside of Capitol HIll.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  45. mike in sioux falls

    Bunning claims a philosophical financial stance but his stand is pure hypocrisy. He did not claim this point when voting for wars or anything else during W's disastrous reign. Now even Republican supporters can understand why their party is portrayed as the Party of No. He doesn't get it; he has a total disconnect with the American people. If he wants to find $10 billion lets scale back paid-for insurance, pensions and the other goodies congressmen get that ordinary folks only dream of. I only hope the Democrats don't get too full of themselves and drag this out. In fact, let's do a Reconciliation on this issue. But I would like to see Dems relentlessly hammer the Republicans ala the lies spread about Health Care Reform.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  46. tony ruggiero

    First let me say I am a independent mostly leaning democrat, Thanks to CNN I have been able to follow this event and the senator is right, there are ways to pay for this extension now but the democrats want to play politics with it . They have at their disposal ways to pass this extension but they want to make republicans to look bad. I feel for the people whose will lose their benefits but we have to hold the democrats responsible this time because as I have said they can pass the extension now if they wanted to. Everyone should be watching CNN and see what and how the democrats think of us, the middle class American people. I urge everyone to put the blame where it belongs.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  47. Brion Johnson

    Here I am, unemployed,but hopeful because I've been job hunting and I'm starting to get good feedback,and now,this POLITICIAN threatens what little economic stability I have to make a point,that in light of the average citizens many current problems,seems more like an aging,immature elitist thumbing his nose at his fellow elitists because they won't let him be a part of their clique. The previous writer made a point when stating capitalism is destroying democracy through lobbying. Thats only half the problem. Elected officials treat public office like their own personal toy box,with no concern for those who put them there. So we are as much a part of the problem,because WE put them there. So WE should solve the problem. A start is a new election,but that has to follow some serious self analysis by those of us who vote. We need to understand the true reasons why we vote for who we vote for. Most of us (myself included) will vote on emotion as opposed to pure logic, and those we elect reflect our state of mind while they are in office. We need to put more effort into placing people in office who are concerned about the nation as a whole,not those whose soul concern is catering to the various parties who actually control the heart and soul of this country.Please allow me to clarify,I don't want to come off like a conspiracy whack job. I refer to the deep pocketed special interest groups who make our representatives slobber as if they are the remnants of Pavlov's experiments on site of a checkbook!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  48. sandra smith

    all this fighting between dems. & reps. just for the sake of politics makes me sick.they are just fighting for thier own benefit without regard for how it affects the people that voted them in. it makes me wonder why we fought the civil war at all. even though we didn't seperate north from south,we have seperatated our politics to the point of having two completely different ways of governing our nation. we don't have a government for the people,by the people.we have a government for the politicians that reap the benefits,and leave the people out in the cold.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  49. Laura

    I'd like to weigh in to agree with the person who said our constitution and style of lobby-laden capitalism are biting us. We need a constitutional review, and I am afraid that we are self destructing.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  50. sandra smith

    I can't understand why one bitter old man could cause so much havic on the american people. and to know the government could block him, but are going to wait a week or two,so the dems. can get one up on the reps. makes me even sicker. our government is acting like a bunch of little kids,without regard to those whom they are hurting. sandy smith

    March 2, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  51. Raymond W. Seward

    I agree with Sen Bunnings thinking that these things need to be paid for. After all I am sure that the 22 Earmarks totaling 18 Million Dollars that Sen. Bunning sponsored were paid for and the 24 Earmarks that Sen. Bunning co-sponsored with others totaling 52 Million Dollars were paid , WEREN'T THEY? These of course were in 2009 so I guess they don't matter anymore. Sen. Bunning if you really want to cut something worth while to balance the budget, lets start with (What the President called the Senators Pet Projects) the Earmarks. In 2009 there were 11,914 Earmarks totaling 28.9 Billion Dollars. If you guys would stop playing games in Washington and do your jobs we would be alot better off. Your to busy bumping chest to see who the toughest guy is on the block. We can't lay you bums off, but maybe it's time to start limiting Senators and Congressman to 2 terms as is the President. Seems that a Senator in this country has more power than the President. Hey I got an idea lets have a cookout/retirement party for Sen. Bunning at his house, all unemployed invited, don't bring anything but your appetite.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  52. Becca Johns

    Kyra, if Senator Bunning was sincere, he would have started months or at least weeks ago, to find a way to obtain the funding to help fellow Americans, many of whom are going through hell due to nothing they did wrong! Okay, maybe folks now feel they were wrong "to believe". It sickens and saddens me that this creep is quite literally hurting people!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  53. Al sperling

    Just some "food for thought',
    I watch your news every day and unfortunaely I'm disapointed in the stations tacky reporting on Tiger Woods and issues like it. This guy is taking more heat than the President of the U.S took.
    I don't think you want to be put in the same class as the the Enquirer, but some of the stuff is leaning that way. I watch the BBC and your station which I felt had the integrity of reporting news of quality but somewhere along the line CNN has added a slant which puts it at another level. I hope thats not the direction CNN is going to stay on, At 67 years old , I have done some things that I'm not proud of but I sure don't look for the ssleezy side of a situation.
    This is not pointed at you perticually but didn't know who to send it too. Please excuse my bad spelling and hope this note is discussed whith your fellow news reporters.
    Al Sperling

    March 2, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  54. Laura

    To the guy who wants to blame Bunnings doings on the Dems: I see that the Dems want to play this for all it is worth, but realistically, the way it works is that a wild hair like Bunning, who is angry with his own party, can vote no and block an extremely important piece of legislation just to prove a point (that he believes in keeping down the deficit) and flex his muscles for posterity. He's getting to feel very powerful in this situation. The Dems will probably do what needs to be done on this soon. I think there is a "let them eat cake" problem at work here. This guy is way far out of touch the world most of us inhabit.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  55. Barbara Johnson

    RE: Bunning...

    There should not be available ANY rule which says one person can obtain the power which this man grabbed to elicit the attention he has received for himself and for the GOP.

    RE: Sleeze...

    Al...All of the media presents sleeze...because people respond to sleeze...Some people thrive on it. Journalism isn't based on facts and observations any more...except by a select few...Kyra Phillips, Candy Crowly, Don Lemon at CNN...and Keith Olbermann, Rachel Madow and The Ed Show...on MSNBC...are my heros and I am 74...Whatever they present...these people have extremely high intelligence, integrity and give me hope for a better future...!!


    March 2, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  56. Bill Hawkins

    We might as well put Capitol Hill on the game show network. The Democrats and Republicans are only interested in playing games with each other, then actually fixing the problems with the economy.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  57. Carol Hart

    Mr. Bunning's is playing with peoples lives. I think he needs to be supended from the Senate with no medical benefits, or pension to see what the American people are dealing with everyday.Not wanting to answer any questions makes me think he has something to hide.I am a Republician, but he makes me ashame to admitt that I am one. I am glad I'm not from Kentucky, because I would start a movement to have him empeached.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  58. yoli

    Typical Republican, heartless!!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  59. yoli

    Typical Republican, heartless

    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  60. howard1946

    It is time for fundamental change in DC. The rules of the Senate have rendered it completely dysfunctional and "Anti-American." It flies in the face of democracy, fairness and everything else we hold dear as a free people.

    How can we allow one member of the Senate hold us all hostage because in my humble opinion Sen. Bunning is suffering from dementia.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  61. Bob D'Alton

    This man is a hypocrite of the highest order. Where was he and the rest of the "Tea Party" when Bush was spending with out funding.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  62. michael armstrong sr.

    Its time for the government to start a work for your unemployment check by doing projects that have to be outsourced by the government such as picking up trash and cleaning up fallen trees and such no work no check.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  63. SunnyD4Me

    In an economy of severe instability ...the weekly Unemployment Check is the only STABILITY for many ...

    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  64. karin

    A 21% cut in Medicare benefits means doctors and other health care providers will refuse to accept new patients with Medicare as insurance, if not opt out of the Medicare program altogether. Providers have struggled to keep their practice open before a 21% cut, so at the least people will lose their jobs to layoff, and, ultimately, providers will close their practice.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  65. Celia Warren

    First Mitch, now is an embarrassment to be a Kentuckian.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  66. layla

    I would like to see the Senator; or any of the politicians live on $275.00 a week; we may not be important to the Politicians; but they need to understand that losing your job and having your incomes cut to about 20% of what you were earning makes surviving darn near impossible. If the Senator thinks this is a joke; tell him to walk in my shoes for 1 month and then decided to block unemployment and cobra assistance. If I lose my insurance right now I literally could die. I have a serious illness that requires weekly visits to the dr. and has required 2 blood transfusions within the last month. Senator Bunning if you want to exchange incomes for just one month; let me know. I am sure that 1 month of your income will pay for most of the year on my present income. Shame on you for not understanding the reality of the unemployed.
    Layla (South Florida)

    March 2, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  67. KC Johnson

    Senator Bunning, make up your mind!
    You help write the law "Pay as you Go" and are for fiscal responsiblity until President OBama agrees with you ....then you vote against your own you vote against helping America's embattled citizens who are hurting financially...whose side are you on? Will you always vote against the President...even if it's good for the country....What ever happened to Country First...& your party second? Please retire soon!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  68. Paul Johnson

    This Senator should be ashamed of himself. I am a republican that is seriously considering switching parties. What an embarassment he is not only to this party but to this country. He should be forced to live with a family that is living on un-employment. He has no clue and is only re-enforcing the idea of the senate being out of touch with reality. Shame on Mr. Bunning....I wonder how he is sleeping at night.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  69. Lee

    I think it is about time that we vote out ALL incumbents and then make new laws that elected officials, with the exception of the President and Vice President, and all appointed officials do NOT get any further support by the taxpayers once they leave office. They get no benefits and no pension or retirement. They can go to the employment line like the rest of us.
    We also need a way to objectively evaluate if elected officials are doing their job and if they are not – which also entails cooperation – they should be removed for lack of job performance. In this case he would qualify for that.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  70. Robert Hughes

    The fact that this is something that everyone wants to pass but can't pay for, makes it obvious that we can't afford this, much less the trillions being spent for all the things we don't need. We will be bankrupt.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  71. GI Jane

    Too bad he wasn't concerned about paying for bills during the Bush administration. Just think of all the money we could have saved!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  72. Kathy

    I love this !!
    This is the only way we are going to get people back to work ..
    My husband has people apply for jobs and they ONLY do it to keep their unemployment going , he offers them jobs @ 10 12 dolars an hour and they TURN it down , saying why should they get up and go to work when they can stay home and NOT have to get up, and still draw a check !!
    they only have to go to the unemployment office once a month , if that , they can do it all online !! there should be LIMITS to how long and what they can draw .. they get stuff in the mail telling them ALL these programs they can qualify for and get for free ... we ned tostop this handouts on the back of those of us who are working and paying taxes out the butt .. we will eventualy run out of money !!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  73. Stella

    Bunning should be the dubbed “Great Unighter”! My friends from the political extremes have not been able to agree on much for the past few years but they all think that Bunning is wrong on this!!

    It is important to throw the unemployed a lifeline!! To do any thing else is unconscionable. What is happening to many in our economy is just as dire as any natural disaster. Would we debate aid to a victim of a Tsunami who is treading water? Many here in Michigan are treading water!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  74. Bert Dodson

    He has nothing to lose because he is retirin. I was realy disgusted when he was more worried about his basketball game he missed than he was worried about how unemployed people were going to feed and shelter their families. This is just a small example of the disconnect between our government elected officials and the voters, once these people get elected to office, they don't care what happens to the voters or how many don't have medical bennefits or jobs. There needs to be some kind of tie to these elected officials such as if the voters medical bennefits gets cut, so do the elected officials, and the same with pay and other ammenities they enjoy at the tax payers expense. Bottom line, if the voters hurt, so should the elected officials, this will bind them to performing better for the public and quit bickering and get real solutions.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  75. MzCC

    Bunning is just "grand standing" because he is on his way out. Why is the deficit such a point of contention now when for the past eight years they have created this deficit through tax cuts to the wealthy and starting wars. They didn't object then and now that we taxpayers need assistance they want to debate about the deficit, but it was a non issue when Bush was creating it. It's us the taxpayers money that we have worked and paid, now that we need it we are being denied.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  76. Chuck Boudreaux

    Great. I wish that all members of Congress would be as brave as Jim and stand up of the benefit of all Americans and our future. I agree that ALL SPENDING should first be FUNDED. It should be so easy for them to get off their butts and immediately FUND this issue from the so called "Stimulus Funds".

    March 2, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  77. Richard B

    Talk about a real example of a "disconnect" with the American people and those who are suffering through these economic times. While Senator Bunning blocks unemployment benefits to thousands of individuals and denies financial assistance to help individuals pay for COBRA health care extension a few months when he retires from the US Senate he will walk away with benefits and pension and health care. Shame on him for his actions.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  78. michael armstrong sr.

    Add an R and what do ya got Burnning down the check .

    March 2, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  79. dave lotti

    bunning is a jerk. i am not voting for any incumbent starting this election. whether it be city, county, state or federal.
    i think every last politician should be voted out and only vote for a candidte that promises to vote in limited terms.
    these crooks are in office way to long.
    please read this on the air and see if it gets any comments.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  80. Russ

    Why are we spending so much time attacking Senator Bunning for blocking passage of this measure? Is he the only one that believes in having the money to pay for what we spend? What about the other senators who should have come up with a solution to this problem before the deadline. I thought or legislators were being paid to solve these issues before they became critical. I think the fault is with our legislators who have not acted on this measure and are now refusing to act for political reasons.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  81. henry

    Listening to the hypocrite Bunning right now on CNN. Why doesn't he call for the repeal of the huge Bush tax cuts for the rich, so that extended unemployment benefits can be paid "as pay as you go." He voted for those tax cuts back in Bush's first term when there was a budget deficit - i.e. no money to pay for them - and he also voted for the extension of those tax cuts when they was a budget deficit. The Bush tax cuts have cost the Federal budget $1.3 trillion to date, and an overwhelming amount of it went to the most wealthy of this country (Bush claimed the tax cuts would create jobs, but obviously that hocus-pocus didn't work.)

    March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  82. idespisefatcatrepublicans

    i think bunning and his fatcat republicans are just trying to hold up american progress and healing due to the democrats holding the majority and having a democtratic president... also, id like to see whats on fatcat bunnings table for dinner every night, it doesnt look like hes missed any meals... and if hes worried about the deficit suddenly then he would know that we wouldnt be in this problem and positon if it wasnt for his and fatcat republican bushes attempt to increase the rich, slap the poor, and tried to get rid of middle class... your values and vitures are sad and pathetic... just like the rest of your fatcat republican buddies. retrire early and go back to kentucky and fire up 1 of your fatcat kentucky cigars.. pathetic.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  83. dave

    Jim Bunning is an evil man. He voted for several bills that were not paid for eg tax cuts, paygo, the wars etc. he is causing pain to millions of Americans and its not fair. This is the worst recession in memory and people are really hurting, why does he disdain the unemployed so? The GOP should be ashamed of themselves. This is a preview of what wll happen if the GOP gets back in power.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  84. Solon Gray


    Regarding Senator Bunning's stand: George W. Bush went to war in Iraq without funding. I would think we could to extend payments to the unemployed without funding.
    I wonder if Bunning has ever had to depend on unemployment checks to get by as millions of us have.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  85. marina

    The senator is maybe right!
    Stop spending so much!
    First – find money – then spend it!
    Be responsible!
    If you cannot afford someting – don't have it!
    Government must help people and yourself but without increasing the debt so quickly!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  86. Ronald A. Young

    This is the change we will never get in Congress or the Senate. This type of attitude towards the American people. Mr. Bunning is still getting his PAY CHECK. He is not living on UNEMPLOYMENT BENIFITS or being LAID OFF and wondering what to do for his family. This type of Partisan CRAP is not HURTING him, but it is HURTING those who VOTED for this IDIOT. I understand that this bill is expensive like all the other bills we have lived with over the years. YOU MUST REMEBER THIS PROBLEM WAS A LEFT OVER FROM THE REPUBLICANS AND PRESIDENT BUSH ERA. Remember this is about American Families, when are you going to start thinking about them and not your own selfish agenda. You need to be recalled and all your monies re-couped so you will know how it feels.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  87. Daniel

    I'm 23yrs old and i believe the senator Bunning is right . I live in the northeast and i know a lot of people that are unemployed. Some of this people are just taking a break from work. I know that it's hard to find work and that some people really need this money but the fact is that we don't have the money. So just like a parent takes away a toy from there kid when there not doing their homework Government need to be the bad guy here and stop spending money that we just not had. Where is the motivation for people to go back and find a job if your going to get free money for an year and about half of what you where taking home.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  88. Trick P

    He doesn't sound to me like he's running on all cylinders. His comments seem disjointed.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  89. Amira Al-Ameri

    He is so worried about saving and paying for why doesn't he look at the extra spending of all the government in so many ways. That is where you casn save not from people that are have a bad time already . Look at that special senator elevator was that necessary?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  90. Gary

    I believe Mr. Bunning has a short-sighted view of the needs of this country at the current time. The Senator is choosing a very bad moment to decide to balance the budget. We know there are not enough jobs, so how does he expect these people to support their children? Pay their creditor? Help bring the economy back?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  91. doyle

    I am disgusted with these senators and representatives who voted for two wars, no bid contracts, tax cuts for the wealthy, and TARP without being funded.
    They didn't care that the we had a surplus when they came to office but they spent it all and put the country into such a mess that we will be taking several years to get out of this mess.
    Now we have a Democratic congress and President and they don't want anything done for the American people but they do want the wars take care of, even thought we have to borrow to continue them.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  92. kent

    I totally agree with bunning. Congress passed a paygo rule which says you can't spend money you don't have. You can't extend unemployment benefits or build roads if you don't have the money. All he is saying is find 10 billion dollars somewhere in the budget. You can cut farm aid, nasa, defense, or the unthinkable OMG cut funding for iraq and afghanistan. By the way we have a 65 trillion dollar debt when you count medicare and social security. The entire world GDP is 60 trillion. We have a fiscal emergency not an unenmployment emergency. All this concern about the unemployed is just electionering. The fed gave 23 trillion to wall street but we can't find 10 billion in the budget. Right on bunning.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  93. Tim Taylor

    bunning should be treated as a pariah for as long as his name is known. He has been in the senate long enough to actually make a meaningful differience, but he has chosen to cause personal pain to people that can't pay him back for his contempt for all Americans that are trying to get through the mess his party created. Aizheimer's maybe the reason for his contemptuous behavior but he should be treated as a pariah forever.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  94. Larry

    How can a US Senator be so incensitive to the needs of the hungry.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  95. ken

    The hypocrisy here is unbelievable. Senator Bunning's party turned a huge surplus into an even larger deficit under Bush. Now he's concerned about how an unemployment bill is funded? I find it really interesting that he chooses now to do it. I don't believe for one second that this is a principled objection but simply another way the Republicans are trying to make the Obama administration fail. I'm not happy about the debt either, but does that mean we simply abandon those who are hurt the most by the economy that Bush and the Republicans created? No.

    Republicans have abandoned their responsibility to participate in government and are simply appealing to the populist rage, which they are primarily responsible for creating. That is hypocrisy.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  96. Christine Adams

    My husband and I and our three children are living off of unemployment right now. With Bunnings decision, my husbands last check will be in two weeks and within a month, we will be homeless. I wish that these memebers of congress would realize what they would have to do if they lost their salaries, pensions, and health insurance tomorrow. In, Florida the maximum unemployment you can receive is $300 a week. Can they imagine living off of only $2400 per month? I don't even think they can do it. They will surely lose everything as we have. We went from running a profitable construction company, to losing business because the banks stopped lending money, to the stock market falling and finally to our business partner committing suicide because he lost all of his money and all of his hope. My husband and I made sure the homes under construction got finished, eventhough there was no money to pay us and hadnt been for months. We went from making $8000 per month to unemployments $2400 per month and for a month, and didn't even receive that because the unemployment office lost a form of ours that we sent to them. We lost our cars first, have a list of collections, somehow don't qualify for medicaid, and the only thing we have been trying to hang on to is our home. Our home is worth $100,000 less than we owe. How are we going to rent somewhere when we are not employed? What do I tell my 5 and 7 year old when we start selling the few things we have left in our home? Thank you Bunning, maybe you could explain it to them their country wants to make sure they can pay for our benefits first. Maybe we could come live with you.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  97. Knotreally

    I am currently on unemployment and if Senator Bunning cuts off my benefits I will have to sell my Jim Bunning baseball card to try and put food on my families table.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  98. Stella

    I just heard Bunning on CNN say that one of the reason he is voting no because he is concerned about the future of his 40 grandchildren. Why should we make the people in dire straights now pay for the irresponsible over population of Bunning and his children?!

    We find the money for wars and helping other countries rebuild. Why not help people in our own country?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  99. Mick

    Senator Bunning has shown the same amount of compassion for the American people that his Republican Party Leadership has shown for the American People who earn less than $300,000.00 per year.. UP Theirs ! ! Think of the Glee and the Dancing in the aisle the Republicans will share with us when they can cancel Social Security, MEDICARE, And MEDICAID !! Wake up America ! ! ! Vote for the Democratic Party ! ! !

    March 2, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  100. John

    all I can say to Sen. Bunning is
    "Shame, Shame Shame"
    What a farce. If a sheet metal worker wrote that letter he introduced to the Senate official record I guess I am a rocket scientist. Not.....
    Much like the letters that circulate on the e-mail circuit from the supposed "I'm just a House Wife"
    That letter is false and ficticious. Although it may contain all the truths and facts it is tainted by crediting it to an individual that I bet my last dollar could not compose it as it was presented. Yes, this supposed individual could have all of these concerns even as it refers to all of the areas it touched upon.
    Sorry Senator, it smells of a letter composed by your staff and contributing it to one of your constituants.
    Shame, shame, shame.....

    March 2, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  101. Jerry

    Good grief. How can anyone accuse the Republicans of pork while the Democrats are the Kings of Pork!? Don't get me wrong, as an Independent, it's my opinion that we ought to throw the entire group of politicians out on their ears and elect a new group, while imposing term limits. But to accuse the Republicans of pork-belly spending while the Democrats have wasted so much money is absolutely ludicrous and foolish.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  102. chuck

    I am a 55 year old male out of work in PA iv looked for a job everyday for the past 10 months there's NO WORK for me out there Im a VET and there's no work out there for us.Its been a long and hard road to go down iv been working with my home loan bank and there helping keep my home and NOW no money coming in makes it harder to go out and find a job. I pay child support and if I dont I GO TO JAIL WHAT DO I DO NOW ?

    March 2, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  103. Dave

    I consider myself neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I'm just a simple individual trying to get by, as I have done all of my life. I'm 37, began working at age 16, put myself through college earning a bachelor's degree in accounting, and I have been unemployed for going on a year now. I am out there every day, submitting resumes and applying at low wage jobs just so I can get my feet back on the ground. While I am not proud to receive unemployment, for I did not get fired from my previous job nor quit the job simply "went away," I do rely on it in the meantime to simply eat and pay my bills and daily needs. I have never received any form of help from the government, even though I have contributed my share of taxes throughout the last 21 years. It should not take one person who holds a position of power to endanger the livelihood of so many people who, through no fault of their own, are in the same position as myself. The senators and representatives meet and discuss matters constantly with one another everyday. If one of them has an issue with proposed bills and spending plans, they could resolve those matters behind closed doors before the matter gets out of hand and the average citizen becomes held hostage to a few, which is what we are.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  104. Jerry

    Well, John, how about this. I've been out of work since May and I agree with the point Sen. Bunning was trying to make. The free-spending turkeys we have running the country right now are trying to drive us into a depression by printing fiat money that lowers the value of our present money everytime a dollar is minted. Giving the unemployed more such money is simply going to hasten the day when none of our money will be worth anything and we'll all be begging for food.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  105. jamaal bryant

    I am very unemployed and start work in april but because of senator bunning i will be living on ther street begginh for scraps for a month because my benefits ran out last week that a lot senator!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  106. Jeffrey Young MD

    Senator Jim Bunning is the perfect example of what is wrong with the US Senate and the senate's arcane rules.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  107. Gary Howell

    How in hell did ONE man get so powerful? I thought there were 100 Senators and majority rules.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  108. Martha

    maybe Bunning can give up his salary and health benefits and find out how it feels to be unemployed and also make him explain a starving child with parents with no jobs, no health insurance, no food, why he is blocking the extension of benefits. I wonder if is easy to say no more benefits to a little child in these conditions.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  109. aaron

    Bravo. These handouts can not go on forever. I know people who are getting unemployment and they are "playing the system" to keep it going. Cutting them off cold may not be the best answer but printing more money is not any better.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  110. Eileen, Virginia

    Shame on Senator Bunning and Senate Republicans for playing politics with people's lives.
    2,000 Dept of Transportation workers have been furloughed and important construction projects have stopped. All the people who's jobs relied on those construction projects across the country going forward, now THEIR JOBS are at risk. Extension of unemployment, support to help unemployed hang onto their health insurance are all gone, because of this one Republican Senator.

    Bunning have voted many times for measures that have cost our country trillions all without any plan to pay for them. But now, with millions of Americans hanging on by a thread, Senate Republicans throw yet another wrench in the works. They want these plans to fail and they don't want the economy to get better because that works best for them in November. Shame on them!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  111. Faith

    We can fund 2 wars and help people in impoverished countries but can't help people in our own country. We even helped the banks that helped cause this problem in the first place. How did we pay for the bank bail-outs? If we don't hep the people in need all the progress that has been made with the economy will be lost.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  112. Devvon

    This is ridiculous. Typical Republican action. He doesn't even want to try to extend the benefits. It's all about money. That's what he cares about. We need people in office who are going to help the citizens. And the answer to why now? It's because of the economy and the job rates. Can't you see?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  113. Vicky

    If the Senator wants the benefits to be paid for and has no problem cutting the throats of the American people...then turn over his raise and let all the politicians lash their raises. Also, we have money to help out other countries (and that's fine) but when do the American people get that kind of help? Don't cut my help and then travel over to another country and say...we are here for you. We talk of homeless people in other countries and have fund raising for them...but when does fund raising start for our own homeless people. I am sorry, but there are families living in their cars and in tents and God knows where else...because our economy has collapsed. Where is the help for them? Where is the help for hungry children and homeless families in America?? We need to sort out our priorites!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  114. DanM

    My vote's with Bunning. The real 'Bunning' question is, "Do we base your support on what is right, or, on the messenger?" Bunning may not be the best messenger but I thank him for his delivery. The message is clear. Thank God he is retiring...and has the fortitude to stand up. His fellow senators on both sides of the aisle should applaud and stand behind him. Reid says 'this doesn't need to be paid for'...why not? It's these little crumbs ($10B) that have attracted the rats to Washington. We have to eliminate the crumbs to rid our house of the rats. Pay as you go is a good approach for all...and our government too. It's approaches like Reid's that created the financial crisis we are now trying to correct. So what happens to those out of work? Many states provide 99 weeks of unemployment benefits...if you don't have work after 99 weeks, you never will...unemployment is not the solution because you will never work until your approach changes. Unemployment benefits have never found a single job...people find work...benefits do not. What's wrong with Reid using the procedures to work around Bunning...Reid is as much at fault for the bill not passing as Bunning. Regardless, 99 weeks of unemployment benefits is welfare under another name.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  115. michael

    if the senate jim bunning would take a pay cut just like the americans we would have the $10bi dollars to pay for it but we all know that wont happen

    March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  116. Lawfulbat

    this is the reality. I was laid off over a year and have been unemployed since. I haven't been able to find a job in my industry at all. I've had to become creative. I decided to take what savings I had left and throw it into starting a business (which I saved for and had a plan in place etc...) Yet this is failing as well, not so much as lack of business, but because clients will not pay. I'm at my wits end. I can't get help from SBA or the banks because I don't have enough collateral to put up against a loan. I'm drowning, thankfully I'm not in debt with credit cards or loans, but I know I will be falling behind on my utilities and other business expenses plus personal expenses. I really don't know what to do. I don't think I've ever been this upset, unsure or depressed about where to turn. I don't want to cast blame – I took these risks and I chose my field. It's just upsetting to see all this hardwork turn south so quickly. I just don't thing Congress or the President gets it. From either party.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  117. Lisa Hadler

    Senator Bunning has chosen an interesting time and an interesting issue to take this stand. Like all Republicans, he supported the Iraq War, tax cuts for the rich, TARP and other debt creating measures. The Republicans took over Congress with a surplus an spent this country into oblivion. And NOW this idiot is worried about the national debt?! Unbelievable!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  118. Xavier Jackson

    Jim Bunning is right it is time to stop legislation that is not paid for, especially this one. The unemployment benefits only helps a very small number of us that are unemployed, what about all the other people that are unemployed that will not benefit from such a bill. We need to put people back to work and not give handouts to a few.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  119. Rama

    Senator Bunning's stand is not only stupid ; it is inhuman.It is like trying to conserve water when the house is in fire. It is my sincere hope he is voted out of office very soon

    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  120. Maine


    I am watching this unfold and nothing Sen. Bunning said gives me any confidence in his position. However it does tell me that he is very cunning and has gone home and re-thought his approach.

    Also, it was a very touching sentiment to invoke the family but what about all of the families this will effect. What about the families of the workers sent home yesterday. Sometimes we have to actually have walk by faith and not by sight and invoke the very foundations that we often talk about this country was built upon.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  121. Homeless D in Atlanta

    It is astonishing that our elected so-called 'representatives' should ever act in this manner.

    I wish it was possible for EVERY SINGLE ONE of the unemployed to make a march on Washington, just show up in front of the Senate Office Building, and stay there until Congress responds to the needs of the PEOPLE.

    The unemployment benefits should be extended for one year. If it takes making it a totally separate bill just for that, so be it.

    The people most in need of this help know that it will be AT LEAST that long before the economy recovers, if then!

    Wheen I see the DC contingent acting like Bunning is acting, it makes me wonder if any of them have the brains it takes to run around the block, let alone run the country!

    And anyway, where was Bunning's concern when the previous administration ran us into bankruptcy (and if you think we aren't bankrupt, take another look). And did he vote to go to war against a sovereign nation that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with 9-11? Maybe he needs to take a look backwards before trying to be a "fiscal conservative".

    Uf he wants to PAY FOR the unemployment benefits, ho about getting us out of iraq and Afghanistan?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  122. T.L.Barrett

    The more I here this guy speak the more sense he makes. Sen.Bunning would make a great President. You have my vote.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  123. Jen Nigrupke

    Without the unemployment benefits, I will likely be forced to foreclose on my home. Would Senator Jim Bunning allow me to come live with him until I find a new job? Or, can he at least pay my mortgage for a few months?

    I've been unemployed for 7 months, and spend hours every day (including weekends) trying to find a job. I have had some job interviews, but to no avail. I'm trying, but living in economically depressed Michigan, it's very tough to find a job.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  124. Jon in Oregon

    A typical Republican attention getting move to deny middle income Americans help while the economy rebounds. Republicans will always represent the rich, and the Democrats will represent Americans. It won't ever change.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  125. Karen

    Enough is enough! I was laid-off last year in May and still have not found employment, even with 25 years of experience in high tech with a stellar record. I lost everything that I worked for 25 years for, in the last year, because I couldn't replace the income I was making with unemployment. Now, Senator Bunning stalemates a move to help the unemployed? Give me a break about standing up regarding spending. The Republicans are the ones that put our country into this large deficit. I would bet that Senator Bunning voted on the wars and Bush tax cuts that weren't funded and was most likely very happy doing so, because it benefited his pocket. If he lived a day in our shoes, then maybe he would be interested in helping the population in need, vs. his wealthy cronies.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  126. howard1946

    It is almost comical to see the rest of the Republican Senators squirming because one of their own, (who voted against paygo) is now complaining that paygo is not being used for the emergency funding of the jobless benefits extension among other things in the bill.

    Yes, the Republicans are being victimized by their own failed and ridiculous rhetoric and they are powerless to make Sen. Bunning back away from his posturing. It is good to see other Republican Senators come out against what Bunning is doing, but it also good to see what the political consequences for the Republicans will be as a result of this unjustifiable circus iin the Senate.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  127. Barbara Johnson

    "I’m 23yrs old and i believe the senator Bunning is right . I live in the northeast and i know a lot of people that are unemployed. Some of this people are just taking a break from work. I know that it’s hard to find work and that some people really need this money but the fact is that we don’t have the money. So just like a parent takes away a toy from there kid when there not doing their homework Government need to be the bad guy here and stop spending money that we just not had. Where is the motivation for people to go back and find a job if your going to get free money for an year and about half of what you where taking home." Dave. He is a few years older than you...and has already educated himself and found a place in the workforce. He isn't '"taking time off'...for fun. THERE IS A JOB CRISIS in this country.
    As a young Republican...there is still hope for your brain to understand that the world isn't a matter of parents, children and punishment with toy removal...Apparently you are doing just fine...Did you parents give your toys back? Most people don't have toys anymore...

    One of these days...perhaps, you will see what the world is really like...particularly for your generation...if you don't pull together with others. You have a wonderful opportunity ahead of you to obtain an education which teaches you about other people, about our country and about something...other than punishment by toy removal. My best to you in your future...


    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  128. Sherri Hall

    I am so confused, we have the money to send overseas, our government jumps to help out other countries, now when it comes to helping our own Sen Bunning says 'No' we need to figure out where the money is coming from. Isn't our own country important anymore? Is our government trying to starve out our own people? Reality Check time, let's look at the USA and see where the most help is needed and help. Let's start paying it forward and getting our own Country back in check.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  129. Chris Hardy

    I would like to thank the good Senator for singlehandedly shattering the faith of the American people in it's Government. It's because of the policies of his party that have put "Us" in this position. If you want to come up with 10 Million dollars to pay for this exstension, try asking your fellow Senators to "Trim the fat" from all of your "Pet Projects" and truly do something for the American people.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  130. Miles

    Although Sen Bunning has a point, does he actually realize that his stance affects so many Americans ? He is retiring, he will have a pension, he will have health care. Could he live on unemployment benefits, knowing that they will soon cease ? I may receive my last check the end of this week... will my landlord understand.. wiill my utility companies understand ? No I don't think so..

    The States should be "up in arms" as more Americans will now need to "join" the States Welfare programs...


    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  131. Mari D

    Senator Bunning is obviously not among those of us out of work. As an unemployed citizen in New Jersey, I speak for many who are struggling to keep their homes and have watched their savings dwindle down to nothing. Is he looking to add to the Homeless population in this country???

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  132. Kay from Camarillo, CA

    How do we pay for it Senator Bunning? With the productivity of the American people. But how can they be productive when they are unemployed and simply trying to survive? To cut off their only lifeline now will not generate more revenue to reduce the deficit but allowing them to survive until work is available will!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  133. Gary

    I think Senator Bunning is doing a great job. I love to see a republican shoot himself in the foot. Maybe it's our lucky day and he's in a boat with his republican collegues. And, with any luck, the bullet passes through his foot, pierces the hull, the boat sinks and takes everyone with it. Now that's real Hope for Change

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  134. jc

    Why dont we worry about our country! Take care of our people....that should be first. I have no problem helping countries who have devestation. But who pays for all the places the president and example...Hilary Clinton fly to? Where could that money be going to? Helping our people!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  135. Nancy

    My question to Sen. Bunning; Did you vote "no" last time there was a bill to raise your paycheck? And, where did that money come from? Would you be willing to take less money, to share with those who are out of work, and need this new bill to pass? It is easy to say no when you are living in a nice home and have food on the table everyday when you get home. During the last presidency, you racked up a huge deficit; now you want the unemployed to suffer your reckless behavior during that period?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  136. Trevor

    I have just officially ran out of unemployment benefits thanks to Senator Bunning. These benefits help to feed my family and keep me afloat while searching for work. Now I have absolutely nothing. Giving the press the finger,or walking around with a personal chip on your shoulder, is the wrong attitude. Do the right thing and pass this much needed bill.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  137. Karen

    I am a single woman, that has been unemployed, since june of '09. For the past 3 months, i have been job hunting, have went to big businesses, small businesses, even the mom and pop businesess, but have not found work as of yet.When I applied for my unemployment, this past week, I was told I have one week remaining. And untill Sen. Bunn, decides to pass this bill, I will not be getting any BILLS. I am wondering, does he go home at night, and sleep in a warm bed? Have dinner on the table?? I can't understand how our Gov. can send money to other countries, when our own people, are struggling. I will be job hunting once again today. But the gas gage on my car is telling me, I can only go so far. I am at a library, using their computer, my services at my house, have been turned off, cause I can't afford it. Soon, I will be living in my car.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  138. Jose Gonzalez

    Sems like the good Senator had too many Mojitos when he pitched for Marianao in Cuba in the 50's and now hae gone to his soft brains. Where was his ethics when he voted for the resolution of the massive, no way to pay for, $1.75 Trillion Dollars under the previous administration (2001)?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  139. Diana

    It is hard to believe that one Senator can hold this nation hostage. Someone needs to override him and get these funds out to the American people. Folks have enough worry's and do not need this bickering. Yes, we need to stop printing and spending money, just not this week. Maybe not in this year. What they fail to realize is: this unemployment money is going right back into the economy. Please someone take the bull by the horns, and stop this madman!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  140. Cheryl

    While I agree this needs to be paid for, those talks can come later. While the childish arguing continues millions of people are becoming more and more desperate. The democrats need to get the ball rolling.Politicians have lost touch with reality and have no concept of what it is like out here in the real world. I like many others am fed up. If they do not find a way to push this through soon we will have much bigger things out here to worry about.
    I am 51 worked all my life and this is only the second time I have found myself collecting unemployment. America is good at helping everyone else. Help our own!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  141. Christine Adams

    To Dan M: I just interviewed for a part-time position that is in no way going to support my family, but I thought if I took a part time job, when a full time opened up, I might have a better shot at it. I was one of OVER 250 applicants and I didn't get a call back. Their statistic that there are 9 people to one job is extremely inaccurate. I apply to every job that is available in and all around where I live everyday, as soon as it becomes available and have done so for six months. It is really discouraging. I can see how people have been on unemployment for as long as they have. The unemployment rate is obivously much higher than everyone thinks. They don't include the people who have already run out of all tiers of their benefits.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  142. Scott C

    The unemployed are a growing block of voters now representing 10% of the population.
    With all due respect to the Republican leadership: Kicking a proud American when we are down will not be forgotten at the polls.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  143. steve

    The People didn't cause this debt. The Government did. Why should the unemployed pay for the Government's mistake? Bunning is hurting Millions of people. Some people will literally go hungry and die because of his decision. YES, stop the spending, but not on something that matters. Why not get rid of the stupid PORK PROJECTS and the other senseless spending like "roads to nowhere"? He has committed political suicide. People will lose their homes, food, ability to buy gas for their cars, etc...Change the other LAWS! The Background Check laws need to be revamped. That could help good people who made mistakes when they were young, get jobs. (Especially, if there was no conviction – adjudication withheld) I was a top performing,Trip Winning, District Manager for a Bank for 7 years. I was laid off due to closures. Unfortunately, I did some stupid stuff 20 years ago that won't let me get hired. Apparently, they didn't check back then and I was very successful in Managing others and growing the Bank's business. Now, everyone checks backgrounds and I can't get hired. I need this unemployment until I get lucky and someone doesn't hold the past against me.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  144. ricky

    I think Mr. Bunning don't care about anyone but himself. I was layed off and without unemployment I would have already lost my home. Jobs are not easy to find. If we in Tennessee did not have so many people coming from Kentucky to work, we may have some jobs here. All I know is if this don't get passed pretty quickly, I feel both parties may feel the pain at election time. Maybe we need to vote for all new people all together. I am sure Mr. Bunning has money, so he don't care about anyone else. As I remember his President put us in this shape to start with.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  145. Anita

    Sen. Bunning has no idea what he is doing to those of us who are living on those benefits. I have been unemployed for more than a year for the first time in my life. I am 51 years old. I have no idea how I will make it without this extension. Fat cat Bunning will never miss any meals or worry that he will lose the roof over his head. This is an emotional nightmare for me and thousands of others around the country. He's playing politics with our lives because he is so thoroughly disconnected with the common man and the plight we face. I am outraged by his actions, and feel I have no voice to reach Washington.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  146. joni miller

    there are 4 in my family on unem., from husband to son, 6 month pregnant daughter in law, to me. we live in small community, no jobs, even if you drive an hour away, they are hard to find. i dont know how any of us will buy groceries or pay heating bills. we will ban closer together.i dont understand how we can continue to send money to all the other countries, but not help our own. before long there will be so much stealing here, just to eat. why cant there be collections for us, or songs made for us, keep all that money for unemployment! then it will be paid for like banning wants. ohio

    March 2, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  147. Sher

    Mr. Bunning should consider himself a very fortunate man that he lives and functions in the this great country, United States.
    I have been a silent observer for the past 29 years and now I see the unravelling of America. This nation has been systematically decieved by the politicians and ravaged by special interest groups. In America, the term "politics", translates as "polite tricks" perpetrated on it's good citizens.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  148. Chuck Delaney

    I am one of the thousands who are now without unemployment benefits. I have been out of a full time job since 2008. I had a part time job but also got cut from that. I have sent out hundreds of resume's,but still no luck. Now the only money comming in is my wifes pay as a waitress. I served ten years in the U.S. Army,I am a combat veteran and now I am looking at how to pay bills,food on the table. Iwas always proud to have served this great country now those in power have turned their back on me.Shame on them up in the Capital.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  149. james d. barclay

    How is bunning's action different from regular GOP stratey?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  150. salvatore signorelli

    i would like to know how one person has so much power to affect so many good american citizen;s who at no fault of there own r unemployed , i am a x navy vet who served my country for 20yrs and now am working for a laborer;s union local in new jersey hav been out of work now for almost 4 mons if my benifit;s r cut by un-employment i will be hurting this sen bunning does not hav to worry how he is going to pay his bill;s but me and many other good american;s do. so i ask him and the rest of the politician;s in wasington what am i to do now i served my country for many yrs now i need help well how bout it sen. bunning u gonna pay my bills. thx a good american

    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  151. Joel Louisville,KY

    I can not believe the current unemployment block by Jim Bunning. I am one of the thousands effected. It the tough times while the Gov. continues to hand out millions to Haiti and now Chile this is reason for uprise in this country. Why is it the USA thinks they are the saviors or police of the world? It is time to take care of our own first. I never see on the news where China or Russia or anyother country runs to aide everyone one who has a problem. Where was all our aide when Katrina hit New Orleans? Not that I dont fell sorry for Haiti and pry for them but In a broke/Broken Government it is time to pull back our big hand and extend it to the Tax payers that fund all this first. Bunning should be run out of the country.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  152. Neville

    This is a true example of broken government. I don't understand why one senator has so much power over so many people's lives. There are so many other issues that he could take a stand on. This is so painful. Washington just does not get it. We need a government that will fight for the people.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  153. Sue

    I just want to give you all something to think about.How is this different then someone running up a credit card you cannot afford to pay for?Its a emergency right?But we are all told to stop running up credit card debt.Why is it ok for the government to continue to spend but not have a way to pay for things? They need to learn from past mistakes and pay for things before spending.I do feel this is a emergency and should be paid for but they need to figure out how to pay for it.Have they not learned anything?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  154. Jim

    It is typical Republican, Conservative, Tea Party members when it is something they believe it it is OK to spend as much US money as you can but if it is something against that you belive in then Filibuster. Like the way Republicans are taking Limbuagh's lead and want Pres. Obama to fail. Sen Bunning voted to spend on wars, voted everything to spend money, voted against pay-go but now he wants to worry about the US debt like all Republican, Conservative, Tea Party members he is against Social Programs (real People getting help) but war, or Republican, Conservative, Tea Party members items to hurt real people then US debt is a worry

    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  155. DanM

    Until all the folks complaining about others starting looking inward there's no hope for us as a country. When you point a finger, there's 3 fingers pointing back at you.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  156. ora bailey hill

    What is happening in our country? I have a friend and a relative whose unemployment benefits ran out over a year ago. There is no income coming from the unemployment fund although they are still unemployed. Our Congressmen and women have totally forgotten about the welfare of these unemployed workers and the welfare of their families.

    I believe that Congress needs to extend the benefits to those whose benefits lapsed a few days ago and should also give some level of benefits to those who, in this horrific economy, still have not been able to find employment.

    Prior to the economic downturn both individuals had been productively employed. One had worked for over 50 years and the other had worked for over 30 years.

    Our government helps those in other countries but Congress needs to remember that charity begins at home.

    Plainfield, New Jersey

    These are desperate times which call for desperate measures.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  157. Greg

    Yes, I've been affected. Each time we spend money we do not have, my children take the hit in their futures, and my country weakens its own dollar.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  158. laurine

    The letter that was read was probably from a person with children who can and probably is collect ADC/foodstamps and medical cards. my huband and I don't have young children now but we have worked all our lives, supported our 5 children without the help of these programs. now we can't find work to suppport ourselves let alone buy food, or pay our utilities. people with children that can reap these other forms of money can talk big. take away welfare and see how their minds change. if it was this senator's children or grandchildren needing the unemployment extension to eat or life he would have passed it in a minute and never gave it a second thought.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  159. steve smith

    congress should fund ANY spending. the deficit does NOT need to grow. you have to start somewhere.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  160. Dave

    In as much as I agree in principle with Senator Bunning’s stand on this issue, now is not the time, and holding back the unemployment benefit extension package is not the proper issue to make it on. I have been unemployed for a year now, in a county where unemployment is near 15 percent, and my benefits have now ended because of him. I rely on these benefits to help my family stay afloat, and this is so typical of a politician who doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from. I have worked my entire life, and never expected to be where I am, but now that I am, I need this assistance. This is yet another example of an elected official “putting politics before people”. Know wonder people have become so frustrated with our government.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  161. Eric

    This is unfortunately the first of many difficult decisions that the Senate and House must face.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  162. Max

    I've paid into unemployment for many years ... this is MY money ... someone should look into The Jim Bunning Foundation ... he is the sole employee and earns $20,000/year for 1 hr/week ... it's his personal tax cheat ...

    March 2, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  163. Michael J. Olah

    Party of No has shown it absolute disdain for American's while professing love for America. The AP has distributed an interesting article showing just how often the GOP has been using the once rare filibuster to create gridlock.

    I'm unemployed. This has seriously hurt me, and has made me realize that it's time for a revolution – where the People truly take back reins to government and use it for the public good – not for the political gain of the MINORITY.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  164. Kathy

    I am 60 years old, living alone, unemployed since May, 2008. I also have several serious medical issues-cancer, lupus, degenerative disk disease, fibromyalgia. I feel that if the government was able to bail out the banks and car companies, they should be able help those of us who through no fault of our own now have no job. One of the car companies paid back part of their bailout-why can't they use that, or part of the TARP money to help us? I am about to lose my home, which on my own, I paid off while raising 2 kids. Since losing my job, I have only been able to pay minimal taxes. But at least I've given them something. I need it to help pay for COBRA -with my issues I cannot do without it-I've been told that I don't qualify for Medicaid or disability. But without my unemployment payments, besides having no food, no medical, I will now have no home. If people think those of us who are getting unemployment are living well and enjoying not having to go to work, let them walk in my shoes and see how it feels to have everything taken from you. We need the unemployment to survive, and perhaps give us a chance to continue looking for work, and not worrying about if we're going to be living on the street. Of all those who should be "rescued" by the government, the unemployed should be number 1, not at the bottom of the pile. Thanks. Kathy

    March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  165. Rose

    The US is sending aide to Haiti and Chili. We are sending military to protect the citizens of foreign countries. Whe are we going to support our citizens? We need to take care of our house before we take care of others. What will happen when millions of families end up homeless? The politicians need to stop all the bickering and act like grown ups. They were elected by the people..for the people...not for their own agendas.. Stop thinking about your party goals and think about america...we are struggling and now is not the time for political agendas....

    March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  166. marcus

    HI ,im from alabama an currently on unemployed its extremely hard to find work an this unemployment extensions is my only life line. an senator jim bunning has just cut mine loose. i have no where to turn now thank for nothing. It is very clear to see by sentor bunning actions he could careless if american family has food on their tables. I belive this is a thoughtless way to try to prove a point.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  167. Bob (Camarillo, CA)

    At least ONE Senator has things correct! When is this government going to begin to pay their bills instead of living beyond their means? The way people lived beyond their means in the real estate market ,with loans they could not afford, has brought on the entire financial and job crisis. We don't need the US government to get foreclosed upon by other nations (China and Japan) which own us for debt the US cannot afford.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  168. Ggirl30

    OMG are you kidding me, Sen. Bunning?! Are you so out of touch with reality that you can't even see that ppl are struggling in this economy? Are you just so stuck on stupid that you forgot who voted you to your special senate seat..the one you're using to punished those who elected you to that seat..WE THE PEOPLE!! Stop trying to score political points by blocking the extention of unemployment.

    Try placing yourself on other ppl's shoes Senator Bunning!! Love for your to switch places with someone like me, whose been unemployed now for over a year and still can't find any work. Do you think i like staying home, patiently waiting for my unemployment check to come in every two weeks? Unemployment income is merely 60% of what I used to make and its not enough to cover all my necessities and bills.

    So before you make such a harsh decision that will reflects on other people's lives, ask yourself this question, Sen. Bunning...Are you willing to give up your retirement benefits to help the unemployed? Damn those stupid out of touch repuclicans!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  169. Punky Brick

    I'm burning all my Jim Bunning baseball cards!


    I don't have any Jim Bunning baseball cards, I used
    them to make my bicycle sound like a motorcycle in '66.

    Jim Bunning:
    A loser on the mound.
    A bigger loser on the hill!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  170. rosanne

    I have been out of a job for over twoyears and it is very hard for me
    I think he should stop hating and approve it for us the unemployed

    March 2, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  171. Kelly from Kansas

    I have been out of work for over a year. My benefits ran out 2/27/10.
    I am eligible for extended benefits. Now I have to watch what this fool is doing to thousands of people.
    Maybe someone should remind Sen. Bunning, that our taxes pay his salary, and pay for his health insurance. We DO pay taxes on our
    unemployment benefits. – SO – no benefits – no paid taxes.
    He needs to get off his "soapbox", and think about others – not himself.
    Because it will give them points in next fall's election? When are these politicians going to understand – we put them in their position, and we can remove them. If I didn't do my job (if I had one), the way the politicians don't do there's – I'd be fired. We need to FIRE them now!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  172. Trista W

    I agree with Mr. Bunning, but the system is problematic. My feelings are that if he wants the issued funded maybe he and his comrads should take pay cuts to fund some of these things... Maybe they should take pay cuts to just give the money back in the first place. These people that are making these choices for us forget what it is like to struggle financialy. How is fair that they make so much money and do soo little when its the "regular Joe" that is really the very backbone of our country?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  173. Gerry

    Definitely effected; what do they(Senators) think we can do ? Times are tough! Please help !

    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  174. Tony

    I live in Michigan and I lost my job in late August. I look for a job everyday in Law Enforcement, but haven't had much luck. I am most upset that both Democrats and Republicans have waited this long to debate the issue. Why did we wait till the last minute? I hope that they can pass the bill soon so those of us effected by this can get some help and that all American's who are on unemployment can find work soon! If you have never been effected by this think about what it is like before you think everyone on unemployment is a "bum" or just "milking" the system. Most of us are not.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  175. Jon R

    Not only do I find Sen. Bunning's actions untimely and reprehensible, I am also dealing with halted unemployment compensation checks in Florida. Because of some problem with Florida's legislature funding their part of the extended benefits, I have not received ANY unemployment benefits since EARLY JANUARY.
    While these legislators are attempting to make a philosophical point, I am on the brink of homelessness.
    I cannot feed myself nor my family on "philosophy"!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  176. Arlene

    I am not sure why anyone would be surprised at Bunning's behavior. It is simply the archetype of the corporate Republicanism. They don't care about the bulk of the American people.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  177. Julie

    Absolutely ridiculous. How would Benning like it if he was jobless and didn't receive unemployment benefits to help pay for the basic necessities? We are in an emergency situation, thanks to the Republicans, and they want to cause more damage to this country by forcing those who are unemployed out on the streets because of the lack of jobs. He should be canned, without benefits.

    I have been looking for employment for over a year, but haven't had much luck. My benefits stopped coming in and I'm sitting here wondering what I'm going to do next. I'm not one to have bad credit and I pay my bills on time and the thought of being late or defaulting on payments makes me sick to my stomach because that's just not who I am.

    Get the unemployment benefits extension approved ASAP and start creating more jobs! Otherwise, have the government, or Benning for that matter, pay off the consumers' debts so that we won't need to worry about digging ourselves into a bigger debt hole due to not having a job.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  178. Joey

    I am one of these i feel might be affected. i have been looking for work for a year and ahalf in Orlando, Fl. I have done everything from job fairs to visiting actual businesses in person. i have put out an average of 8-10 applications a day. from everything from where i am skilled in management of retail and management of restaurant and hotel to even flipping burgers. from security to bagging groceries. i fall into one of these categories where it is the hardest to get work. i am a 35 y.o. white male with no college. what i am finding is businesses are taking either the people who just get out of highschool working minimum wage or they want the highly educated(which i am i just don;t have the paper work to prove it i.e. college diploma) i fall into the cateory where we are the last ones to get hired anywhere. i do not like my situation of having to get unemployment but i have no choice. it doesnt even cover the bills and i borrow money from family members and friends every month to make ends meet. i even made some copies of my resume wher ei had to lie and say i was working for the past year so my resume looks more acceptable. i dont know what to do and this senator that decides its ok for him to make money and the struggling can go screw themselves is selfish and completely disgusting. i bet if he had a pet project going to his state he would vote for it. we need to start voting regular people into washingtona dn get rid of the "experienced" washington idiots.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  179. Brenda in Kentucky

    I noticed Mr. Bunning talked proudly about his 40 grandchildren. Are the parents of his 40 grandchildren unemployed, in danger of losing their homes and having to make a daily decision to keep the electricity on or feed their kids? Has his stand against unemployment extension stopped the only income their household has ? Maybe if he thinks about his grandchildren being without a home, heat or food like a lot of KENTUCKIANS are having to live right now, he would show his more compassionate side!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  180. Brian Adams

    I'm not sure what all the discussion is about when most Americans are paying for everything they use every moment of everyday. No credit for the small businesses, credit card interests rising if you can get credit at all. So when does credit stop for congress? If congress addresses payment now maybe they would be more in touch with the majority of Americans. This should not be the issue in discussion, the issue should be how bad do we need these programs. Of course we need to continue the benefits but we need to pay by cutting cost in other programs. Small percentage cuts in multiple programs would probably the easiest way and the less noticeable. Pay as you go and maybe congress would be more in touch with the average American!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  181. Gayle Colvin

    I've worked hard all my life, through no fault of my own I became unemployed 7 mts ago; nearly 2 yrs ago my husband became unemployed through no fault of his either (he did have a job for a short period which let him reapply for unemployment in that period). He was prompted to go to tech school to learn to be a welder with a near-promise he'd be employable thereafter. He completed his 5 mt 40 hr a week training, driving 125 miles round trip 5 days a week; and at the end he was told (paraphrasing)" Oh well.... the economy is bad, the recession, no jobs, sorry"

    My point to all this? We are both unemployed, desperately trying to find work in a job market where jobs are not only seasonal, but few in comparison to those seeking work. We have managed to get our home mortgage modified for the past year, but we barely can make our bills... without the federal extension we can't pay our mortgage, we can't pay our utilities, we can't make our car payment, and the worst is we have two little children that will be worsened by this.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  182. BMDelk

    This is an unfortunate display of political child's play! I would be interested to know if he was this forceful through any of the Bank Bailout. Why is he now having such heart ache when it comes to assistance for Main Street. I plead for a deeper look into this insanity! Keep Him Honest.... I want to know his voting record!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  183. DanM

    People here talk like there's an unending pool of money available to give away without paying for it...hey, maybe they should be in congress!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  184. Danny

    With the Postal Service in bad financial shape you would think they would discontinue all the bonuses they hand out each year, not to mention the pay raises. Someone should investigate what is going on in this area. It is such a waste the way they operate.................They are also handicaped by the unions and government regulations.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  185. chad

    I didn't mind helping out wall street or seeing our tax dollars used for re establishing our economy. But when the tax payer needs help through this very rough time to leave them hang out to dry is disgusting! I have worked hard all my life! Now that I need help and there is none to offer just upsets me! I have 3 children. All under the age of eight. Not knowing where we will be living in a couple of weeks saddens me.
    If we pass a 15 billion dollar jobs package to create jobs doesn't anyone think that we should give if a chance to work? Nothing happens over night. I know that! So why should our unemployment benifeits?
    This decision will cripple me and my family if this bill does not pass! There is nothing else I can say. We need the help!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  186. Mark

    Jim Bunning can repeatedly vote to send this country to war with no funding but he doesn't want to help Americans in need of a little assistance?? – in need of assistance partially due to other of his votes which allowed for the mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis!! What a sweet guy!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  187. concerned joe

    If the senator is so worried so much about something getting payed for,
    why don't he pass a bill to let iraq pay for rebuild iraq. I bet he was one of those who wanted to go there.

    Thats where he can pay for the people's being on unemployment to no fault of their own.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  188. Joe M.

    I've been laidoff since Nov. of 2008 from a $19 an hour Union job. I had orientation for an $8 an hour job today but it may take 2-4 weeks for an opening to start. My unemployment ran out Sunday. Altough I do agree with Mr. Bunning's decission, to need to pay for beneifts before we spend the money, but maybe now is not the time to pick this fight. People are hurting out here because of other "people's" poor judgements and mistakes!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  189. The Burrito Lady

    Actions Speak Louder than words!!!! This guy bunning, is out of his A@*+&! He don;t give a Crap about the working People!!! One of his dinners probably costs, more than I get on unemployment, in a month!!! $1400.00 for a family of three!! This man should have never been elected!!!!! Come on Working People!!! Band Together!!!! Lets get these pot bellied Pigs! !! With there Enormous Appitites, out of our Senate!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  190. Kenneth

    How are people going to survive without unemployment ,Sen. Bunning and his family will have his pension to live off The unemployed don't have that luxury.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  191. Ernesto

    I have been out of work since Oct 8,2009. I live in abilene tx. I have been looking for employment and had interviews and no one has hired me yet. So I rely upon the UI benefits I was dismissed from Blue Cross Blue Shield because of ADA issues and the fact I was injuried there . And I am still injuried. Texas Workers Comission WIA program which is paying for my reeducation. But in the mean time my bills must be paid. I don't wont to loose my home , my vehicle be cause Mr bunning Principle's are affecting myself and family and of course all those in my situation. So they must get this done today not next week. Mr Bunning dosen't need to worry about where and when his next pay check is coming from. I want him to stop and think what he doing to all whom are affected by his foolishness and delay tactics and consider the millions whom are very upset ,angry with him. I feel that he should be reponsible for the unpaid bills that all of us have because of him! I might jus send him all my bills and let him pay for them. I sure he has the funds to help us. THE PRESIDENT MUST PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIM.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  192. virginia

    . I am unemployed for 8 months, just started unemployment; have 2 sons, one in college, one in high school, I am in college to earn my degree, so I need the benefits. Tell senator Bunning to think of the present right now and not of his 40 grands who may not be alive next week. You know we don't know how long we have on this earth, he should thiink of that.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  193. Fred

    The government is involved in way too many things that they have no business spending my money on, the National Endowment for the Arts is one example. If I'm broke, in debt, short of money you can be damn sure I'm going to feed my family not buy a painting. It's way past time the government had to set priorities and live within a budget just like the real people do, those of us who they are supposed to be serving.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  194. Denise

    I am one of the persons affected by Mr. Bunning decision to block benefits. I lost my job, home and car in a year.. I depend on that check to survive.. I havent been able to find work and i'm forced to live in a hotel. Mr. Bunning doesnt care and it shows! I will receive my last check this week.. I'm praying that something will happen and fast.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  195. Diana

    Here are some ideas of how to pay for it...Our senators need to give up a years salary. Also add a 50 cent fuel tax for those lucky enough to be buying fuel these days. This money could go directly to unemployment benefits for laid-off Americans. Have I missed it or is there a charity fund set up for this? Maybe Clinton-Bush can get something going for Americans. Hell with our Senators, let them fight amongst themselves.
    If no one watches they will stop this absurd behavior.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  196. Mike is how we pay for the unemployment extension for starving Americans..we cut Senators healthcare to 80/20 (like us, if we have any), we stop paying retired Senators heathcare until THEIR retirement funds run out..then they qualify, sell Nancy Pleosi's plane, sell the airport the gov't built that no planes ever go to, and mandatory furlow days for all Senators and Represenatives- one day a month until further notice. Welcome to our world!!! less

    March 2, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  197. bernice robinson

    'Bunnin' wants the attention. He's an embaressment to the state of Ky. My message to him-"Stop it!" I swear- these Replubs would make a preacher cuss. Bless their hearts.They don't have to worry about unemployment problems. Try reducing their salary or retirement benefits to help pay the national deficit.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  198. Ben Rosauro, Vallejo CA

    Senator Bunning before blocking funding to extend unemployment benefits needs to first guarantee job creation for the majority of the unemployed whose unemployment coverage will be cut off. Otherwise, the only means for the jobless (victim of the economic crisis) to survive becomes desperately hopeless.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  199. Sandy

    I am an unemployed professional who normally makes $75k/yr and living on $400/wk – luckily I am married and my husband is working. Having to sit and watch this idiot on the Senate floor is offensive and then when I turn on Fox News to hear them agree with this guy and say that people need to get off unemployment and find work, etc. help themselves is additionally offensive – people who do not own their own business are at the mercy of whether a company will hire them or not. So how can people help themselves if companies are not hiring? Personally I would rather make $75k than $400/wk – But then again how can you argue with the irrational (idiots)!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  200. DanM

    When did unemployment benefits go to 99 weeks? My benefits in 2002-2003 were only 52 weeks...I was unemployed for 18 do the math. Get over it and get on with your life.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  201. bij

    first think i like to say how he's gonna fell if we stop he's benefit and where he is living? if he has hart to see the million people will sufer and won't have even anything to eat, i am seeing peopel eating just potato for lunch and dinner,and is any one can ask where all this mony go's when it come to irak or afghanestan and all the free oil god now's where they are going,and how is more importent,american or hiti,my hart gos to all of them but somebody hart gos to me?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  202. Linda

    Does this senator realize that millions are going to be without gas, food,& bill money. We also stimulate the economy. These people do not care about the little people,because they make so much money. what would they do if they lost there job and could not make ends meet. I live in arizona and we have one of the highest uemployment rates in the us. What am i going to do. Me and my father split the bills but he passed away 2/05/2010 and now I have no idea how i am going to survive let alone take care of my son. They will also have more people out of work if they do not pass this. The crime rate will rise because people will do whatever it takes to make ends meet. It is rediculus.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  203. Richard LaPlant

    It's a little hard for me to understand unemployment. I am an average 39 year old with no college degree and I can get a job anytime I want working in warehouses, Domino's pizza, movie theaters, fast food, forklift, or shipping and handling. And I own a house and got married a few years ago.
    My wife and I both work hard and don't make much money, but we are happy and earning an honest living.
    Too many times I hear people say they don't want a job unless its an easy job and get over $15 an hour. Most of these people are younger than me and perfect physical condition. These people are ruining the United States.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  204. Richard B.

    Dear Sen. Bunning,

    Our nation is in a national emergency unseen since the Great Depression. Millions of the working class who have paid into the system for decades are out of work and now have no way to meet their basic needs. Our house is on fire, sir, and you want to argue about who's going to pay for the fire hose.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  205. steve

    I think jim bunning blocking unemployment is a perfect example of the way republican,s feel on the severity of providing healthcare for americans
    with preexisting health conditions wake up america remember this when you go to vote

    March 2, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  206. jim, peabody ma

    I think sen Bunning is just doing what his party has done for almost a year now. That is say no to every bill so they can hold the American people hostige. The dems are in the majority and therefore blaimed for the deadlock. They are doing anything they can do to get reelected. Even if it hurts America.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  207. Anna Kiser

    Totally out of touch with real Kentuckians. Literally. Tried to call Washington office 20 times this AM...always busy...called Louisville office and it rang 12 times before they picked it up and then hung up on me before I could get a word out. Called back and answering machine on. Typical Bunning.
    Higher unemployment than national average. Median income approx. $40,000. Not one Republican voted for Paygo.
    Now Medicare payments to doctors will be cut by 20%! While I was an RN working at public hospital/clinics for the uninsured/underinsured patients, it never occurred to me that one day I would lose my health and need Medicare! If Medicare payments are cut by 20%, my doctor
    (even at the non-profit university) cannot afford to see me for weekly treatments.
    No good deed goes unpunished.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  208. Richard Watkins

    Dear Friends,
    To be on un-employment is a life changer in itself. I am over 60 in an area where un-employment is over 14%. Hiring seniors is not the going trend by employers. I have lost my insurance, my credit, my retirment benefits and probably my home if benefits are cut off. I worked enough years to get S.S. benefits but am one year short of the age limits for that. My wife is disabled and will end up with the state paying for her in a home if these benefits stop. My friends had arranged to help me get employment wiyh a large company. Unfortunatly they laid off 11,000 of their employees. When the Titanic sank many people suffered because they couldn't afford Life Boats.
    Thank You for being Fair- Richard

    March 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  209. Mark Hess

    As sensitive as the unemployment crisis is currently under the Obama Administration, I being unemployed for the last 6 months
    give Sen. Bunning high marks for taking the high road. If our senators
    would conduct the people's business with common sense 101 economics, our country would not be marching headlong into a financial and economic meltdown. I see the media is salivating to portray Sen. Bunning as wanting to starve little children. Is the answer to drop another billion dollars that we do not have. Obama himself just said we will have to sacrifice. This is why the Tea Party rallies are resonating with Americans who still posess common sense. We the people are sending Washington a message, can you hear use now. If not you will be joining us in the bread lines. The answer lies not in government, it lies with the people. "Those who would give up essential liberty, for a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" ~ Benjamin Franklin ~

    March 2, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  210. Nancy

    I cannot believe Sen. Bunning's blatant disregard for human suffering. Mr. Bunning has a position of power and as such he holds the responsibility to do what is morally right. It is obvious he is having a problem with this, because he is putting the budget before people.

    My husband lost his job, and then I lost mine, also. We are struggling to make ends meet. I have been working very hard trying to find another job because even with the government help with Cobra payments, they are still so much of a strain on us that I had to leave my son with no health coverage.

    We are having a hard time finding jobs because of our ages, with both of us well over 50. To make matters even worse, I am very ill right now with flu/bronchitis. I am a diabetic with heart problems, so it very hard for me to heal from this sickness. I am afraid to go to a doctor or the hospital, because I heard Cobra benefits are canceled.

    This is an emergency situation not just for my family, but for all unemployed families. I believe the president needs to step in and not only restore/extend benefits, but also to kick Bunning out on his buns!!!


    March 2, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  211. Stanley Duett

    I say no money for Jobs Bill then we should stop paying our politicians. Tit for tat. Maybe if they had to do with out they would actualy do something worth while for the rest of us.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  212. bij

    i am not politician but how in the world can one senator can harm million people how has only 280 per week ,if any one in congrese can tell me how much their grocairy cust weekly? or their car payment? how is possible he can't see how the american is sufering because of their mistack ,and where we are now. give him 275$ per week to see how he can survive?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  213. dan brammer

    Doesn't Sen. Bunning work for the people of Kentucky, is this what the people of that great state want for the country. Kentucky stop your Sen. from hurting Americans.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  214. Chet, New Orleans, La

    I noticed that Senator Bunning is retiring this year. What a political coward to pull something like this on the backs of working people when he has a history of doing the opposite. Let's hear from some of those workers that were sent home or how about some doctors that treat Medicaid/Medicare patients that are looking at a 21% cut in there fees? They were getting next to nothing before. How does this effect people choosing the general medical practicioner field as a career?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  215. Kacie

    I will loose what little I have left after long term unemployment, for the first time. I have always been able to find something to survive. But for now there is just nothing. I already have no insurance and medical needs that I cant recieve any other help, thou they limit my mobility and jobs if I found one are going to hire a younger healthy person. I have a beloved dog that is the only reason somedays I can even get out of bed, I will have to re-home him if I can. I was told I would receive benifits untill July2010 untill I went to file yesterday and there was a banner saying benifits are gone as of 2-28. How can the ovious grandstanding of 1 can be allowed, I am a republican and am ashamed of the one, but am angry at the demos. for using this as a way to get there votes and make repubs look bad in general. MONTANA

    March 2, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  216. henry

    The deficit is huge. If people examined a pie chart of the Federal expenditures, they would realize that the only significant discretionary area that can be cut is the Pentagon budget (23%) - it's either that, or attack the mandatory funds of Social Security and Medicare. The next biggest expenditures are interest (we have no control over that) and the Veterans department. Everything else is too small to have any impact, even if those items were severely cut, and if they were, state and municipal budgets would be directly affected and forced to raise taxes. Suppose the stimulus program is repealed and transportation funds are cut. Our roads and bridges, many already in decay, would debilitate and disasters would occur. At least expenditures for the stimulus problem improves infrastructure of this country while making jobs - we get something back for the money. War in Iraq and Bush tax cuts are just lost taxpayer money – nothing at all to show for it except casualties and big yachts and fat bank accounts in the Cayman Islands.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  217. Amy

    I live in Georgia and have been unemployed for a year. Georgia has a very low maximum weekly benefit – not nearly enough to survive on unemployment alone, not to mention being able to save funds for when unemployment runs out. Where was the concern about federal money when the banks were bailed out with zillions of dollars or the war was funded with zillions more? Banks were bailed out because of the public's inability to pay back their loans or maintain their accounts. Those banks are back in business with no concern about their "free" bailouts. Most people don't like having to rely on Federal subsidy, but it's their only choice. When their unemployment benefits are cut, will the government once again find money to bail out the banks that are suffering due to their customers' suffering? I want to get back to work! Unemployment and COBRA benefits are crucial so that my energy can be spent on positive goals, not just doom and gloom.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  218. John R McCarey

    When the country is finally bankrupt everyone will be unemployed. At what point do we finally ask our leaders to be fiscally responsible? Unemployment benefits will not create new jobs, however, they will create a segment of our population that will be addicted to monies not earned.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  219. Katherine

    Senator Bunning should live a day in the life of an unemployed person. Then he would know what it's like. He doesn't care because it doesn't affect him or his family! It affects those of us who are depending on unemployment! I've been on unemployment since October 09. I'm a medical assistant and I can't find work! It's very rough. I have several friends who are on unemployment and even my sister. Senator Bunning needs to find something else to hold up. What would he do if they held up his paycheck???

    March 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  220. Julie

    In this time of severe national economic crisis, it's not time to play politics. Where is the money supposed to come from in the budget right now? School lunches for kids? Social security payments to the elderly? Our country is in the ER right now! What happens to all those unemployed who can't find jobs? Now they'll have no paycheck coming in, no insurance, no means to pay their bills. I guess they'll just end up begging on our streets and dying in our emergency rooms! The rest of congress seems to have some understanding of how our country is hurting right now, but not Bunning. He obviously has a paycheck coming in!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  221. Steve

    I think it is high time we and our goverment start paying for things as we go. We need to stop printing debt. I know this is a sensitive issue and I believe the media (including CNN) is sensationalizing this where they need to promote fiscal responsibility by our goverment. Mr. Bunning I'm sure is not doing this to enhance his public image, he is saying what needs to be said and I respect him for that. Seems like everyone else is just passing the buck to the next generation, that is disgraceful. Would like to see media organizations do actual reporting on this, both sides of the issue. If we don't wake up and be responsible there will be much more pain and tears for our children. Everyone wants something done for them, go out and do it for yourself. I know in my area of the country there are jobs available, probably beneath some of these affected peoples dignity to perform this work.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  222. Tom Ayres

    Here is a very simple and I think most effective solution to Senator Bunnings concern on how to finance extended unemployment benefits. We will stop all US Senators and Representatives salaries and expense accounts until we have the funds to cover this bill. Our US Congress just does not get the picture, so perhaps this will help them get the real life picture.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  223. Jim D

    This seems very hypocritical to me.... a rich politician saying to our unemployed that now is the time to get fiscally responsible. Where was he when the previous administration wasn't even counting the cost of war against the budget? This is more of the Republican "just say NO" strategy while they spout the same old "talking points" as their defense. The saddest part of all this is that many Americans blindly swallow this propaganda as if all our current problems have nothing to do with our past policies of cutting taxes for only the extremely rich while increasing spending and the size of government. I tire of hearing from unemployed Republican friends about too much taxes and big government. Only fools think that the only bad politicians are those of the opposing party. Politicians of both parties terrorize us by saying anything to win. We deserve what we get if we don't stop this madness soon! Remember when anyone opposing the war on Iraq was accused of not being patriotic? Where is the patriotism now? Just tune into Fox and Friends and drink in the “hatriotism.”

    March 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  224. manuel

    Dear Tony:
    It is very sad see Senators,like Mr.Bunning to be so far away from
    the problems and challenges,than more than a million unemployed citizens,we are looking to have food on our tables and pay our bills today and tomorrow and he is worry for his40 grandchildren,20 or 30
    years from today.SHAME on him and the republicans that follow him.
    I hope somebody can stop this nosense person.


    March 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  225. Fred

    Tried to post – got censored? I'll try again. The government spends way too much of our money on things that it has no business being involved in, the National Endowment for the Arts is just one example. If I'm broke, in debt, short of money you can be sure that I'm going to feed my family, not buy a painting. It's time the government got responsible and set some realistic priorities and lived within a reasonable budget – just as the rest of us do – you know, the people they are supposed to represent. Cut out the UNNECESSARY spending and you can extend unemployment.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  226. Ellie

    My daughter is single and on unemployment after being laid off.She is now studing for a different career. If she gets no benefits she will lose her apartment and her vehicle that takes her to and from trade school. I have cancer and live in a different city. I live on a fixed income. Senator Bunnings grandchildren will be well taken care of by him. He is retiring, what does he care. He has failed the people from where he was voted in as Senator.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  227. Ben and Colleen

    Senator Bunning is an egotistical HYPOCRITE. By showing his "political power" and blocking UI extensions he is showing his complete and utter disdain for the American people who pay his salary, health care and retirement. Why now, does he object to the extensions when the "party of no" did not fund two wars, a huge pharma bill, and several other acts passed by the last administration. For every one job available, there are about 100 applicants..maybe Sen Bunning should do something about that instead...

    March 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  228. Danny

    Why not stop all foreign aid and take that money to use for our people in the US. Whay are we still giving money away outside of the United States. It is time to take care of our own. We do not have the luxury of sending billions of billions of dollars to other countries. Another Idea is to cut our representatives salary in half and reduce thier health benefits. Maybe then they will understand what is going on in this country.....

    March 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  229. Ernesto

    Has he put himself in our shoes? Or is it he has't been in our situation.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  230. Ed.S.

    I may agree with the Senator's stance but in no way is this the appropriate bill to do this on. The unemployment insurance effects to many people. What happened to the federal unemployment insurance tax that was paid by my employeers for years. No one paid in for a war in Iraq, a war on Weapons of Mass Destruction which was a lie. At least our political leaders learned one thing from history, preach a lie long enough and the common people will believe it. Am I soon going to see history and stances on votes rewritten similar to Stalin.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  231. Harry James

    For eight years we put up with the spending all our country's assets on two wars. Now for people who paid their taxes and are now unemployed, do not have their right to get unemployment benefits when they needed. Senator Banning is the one should be unemployed so he understands the problem the people have and shame on him.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  232. Greg

    I feel that we can not keep extending the unemployeement, there has to be a end somewhere and there is not a good place to stop. On the other hand people have t live, but if you bring all of the jobs from over seas back home it will take care of all of our problems with everything.
    Thank You,

    March 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  233. Ted Glowczwski

    Jim Bunning,
    you are out of touch with reality. this is not a college debate class, it is survival for many like myself. you have accrued your security, just resign today and get the hell out of the way.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  234. Wayne

    Where does the income for Mr Bunning come from? As for as I can see, the money the white house (he included) has spent came from people. If we lay him off right now. I bet he would pass the bill then.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  235. Toby

    you people are spinning this one way.everyone wants to help out of work americans.the pointe is use the money in the stimulas instead of new money we cant afford.but your goel is to beat up anyone that disagrees with the pres

    March 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  236. J. McNeil

    Talk about bad timing. Sen. Bunning sure did pick the wrong issue to put his foot down on. What about when they were giving money away all willy nilly to Big Corporations and charging the american people for that bill. They certanly found how to pay for that by taxing us. How about they tax the 'Corporate Big Boys' and pay for the unemployment extension. That's a no brainer to me.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  237. glenn thornburg

    bunning, your a poor excuse for a human being

    March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  238. Mgordon

    I think senator Bunning has decided to become a catcher instead of bunting to save the game. Sorry to hear this guy is in the hall of fame. The only merit he has left follows: Bunning was second on the all time strikeout list – second only to Walter Johnson

    March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  239. F.S. Symington

    Why does it still surprise me that a politician, who is obviously very far removed from the pain and fear of unemployment and all that it entails, can be so cavalier about making life altering decisions that don't involve his life? The Senator has no clue about what is happening in the real world.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  240. Mike L

    As long as we keep paying the unemployed to stay unemployed, they will not even look for work. I was laid off but didn't take unemployment I took a job that paid less. I cut my spending, and survived while providing for my family. Anyone who has been out of work for more than six months needs to wake up and swallow their pride and take a lesser job. This is exactly what everyone will do when benefits stop. Unemployment benefits take away motivation; taking away benefits will motivate people to get out of their slump and make ends meet.
    There are jobs out there, they may not be ideal jobs but they are jobs. Give the unemployed back their will and they will find a way.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  241. Desmond Lewis

    I spent four years in the Army, 15 months in Iraq, and now am unemployed. To hear Sen Bunning is blocking an extension in unemployment benefits is a disgrace. I, as well as several of my friends, are recieving unemployment just to get by these days. Whatever happened to support the troops? At a time when homelessness for veterans is at a high you would think there would be more support for npot only veterans but the general public. We are trying, we are looking for jobs, but they're not falling out of the sky. Don't take away the only hope we have to support ourselves and our families.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  242. paul johnson

    Senator Bunning actions are a typical response of the Republican party regarding anything that will help the working people of this country. It is my opinion that he is a hypocrite and only cares about his own self intrests and wants to get all the publicity. Well he's got it and I hope the voting public finally sees how the Republicans need to pay for their attitude and actions.!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  243. Marie

    We can afford Unpemployment when we start cutting Medicare and all the entitlements!!!!!! They are eating up all the funds we have to work with. We have a fraction of a fraction to work with right now and lets not forget that Bunning is getting a very nice income even after he leaves Congress. It is amazing isn't it?

    March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  244. Ryan

    Good job Senator Bunning. Who would have thought that by cutting off the life line to millions of Americans who, due to no fault of their own, have lost their job, would do a great service to the American People. I applaud you Senator. Maybe instead of paying off the Fat Cat Bankers Capital Hill could have used that money to improve Unemployment Benefits, but that would be to simple. Its much more productive to install fear into the minds of those who rely on Unemployment to pay bills and obtain food for their family. Good job senator, hope you sleep well at night.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  245. dennis

    listning to your news casts –i am amazed at your medical programs that you dont have –why cant your big excessively big government just look at the canadaian medical system –we can get anything needed without loosing our homes or getting big bills - i just had 2 stents put in me and no medical bill –amazing how that works –i think ome people in your giovernment must be getting paid off –by these so called insurance companys –voted in by the people and then just stop caring about them and this guy that blocked employment benefits - send these people that lost thier benefits ato camp and live in his yard –see how he likes that - some government –but be at war --soldiers dying for your country –but tell the people to go to hell –with what they elected these people too

    March 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  246. PowerFigure

    I am unemployed, out of work for five months. I look for a job every day, and I find nothing. I have not even had an interview, not one. I have three degrees, including a doctorate.

    It is very selfish for this man to use such a crucial time in our nation's employment history to "make his point." This is a man who was part of the Congress during the Bush administration, when our nation amassed the incredible deficit that we have now. Where was his "point" at the time when a Republican president was leading the country? Why is he doing his grandstanding now? I hope this backfires on him, and that the point that is made is the one that shows all Americans that Republicans like this man don't really care about us. Unemployed single mothers can't feed their children, unemployed home owners will face losing their homes.

    Doesn't this go to show you that the most critical deficit is the deficit of caring about anyone other than himself on the part of a man who is probably rich, probably owns his home–lock, stock and barrel, probably has excellent healthcare benefits, a great retirement plan and more financial security than most of us will ever have in a lifetime,

    Who cares about any point he says he is trying to make? He is not the one to make it.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  247. Ryan

    one word.......malfeasance.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  248. Dan

    How many of the above comments are from people 30 years of age or younger and in good shape?
    Join the Miltary. I did, I put in 20 years, and now I have to take my retirement whether or not I want it, PLUS, I have great medical benefits. All you older folks, we all make choices. If your choice was to not servie in the military, I am sorry, or maybe you decided to serve 4 years and get out. I I will take my monthly check.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  249. glenn thornburg

    GOP,you`ve never done anything and you never will,,shouldn`t even be a party, why have the GOP when you got CHINA.....

    March 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  250. don garza

    i am one of the millions receiving unemployment benefits. this is one of the most humiliating services i've had to apply for. although greatly needed, this action causes so much embarrassment. but then again if the united states refuses to help its own citizens in need, the government has no business helping diaster victims around the world. i will survive somehow, but with a little less patriotism.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  251. heath

    ok, let's just pass another bill to extend benefits for $10billion, but I can bet all of the made up money in the whole world that this will only provide for temporary relief, probably 40% of these funds would be wasted any way, people still won't have jobs in 2 months, more people are losing jobs in the mean time, so how long can we sustain living like we do, everybody seems to "want it now", but nobody is willing to make sacrifices, maybe it's time to send a whole lot of pink slips to those in Washington D.C, cut off their "cadillac health plans",
    our federal government has gotten too fat because of their glutenous ways, it's time to take away their spoons, force them to diet, and give power back to the states, just as our founding fathers had envisioned when our country was first established, to allow people to have control over their elected officials, to have a voice in their local government bodies.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  252. Irene Mabry

    Most people work and pay taxes ,and the goverment spends it for whatever now that those tax payers need a little help they should be able to get it.No wonder people can't trust goverment to do the right thing.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  253. A. OReilly

    Yet another Republican whose lips are set on "no". I don't agree with rubber stamping everything that the Dems present but if jobs are still being lost each month andf no new jobs are being created, what will we all do for food, shelter, etc??? Maybe he could offer a suggestiona s to what we can do rather than we we shouldn't do.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  254. Michaela Gorham

    I to lost my job to Mexico after being employed for over 31 years. I live in Ohio to every one job there are 1000s of applications. My husband is in the same boat. He's in a skilled trade tool/dye no manufacturing jobs are open too many people laid off. We need our unemployment to live on and cobra to help pay for our insurance.Hey when we bought our home we put 15% down that was 20 years ago its not the house payment thats hurting us its the taxes, insurance,let alone car insurance, now we have to pay for health insurance. We would love to have jobs listen Sen. Butting you don't have to live with the depression that all of us that have lost our jobs due to nafta and our reps and senators turing their backs and receiving money in their pockets while our jobs went swoosh away just like Mr. Perot said. I think Mr. Butting, Rep. Bayner,andd mostly all republican reps should step down give up their pay they aren't doing anything to deserve it anyways. How many hours have been put into the health care bill and the repubs want to start all over a waste of time and alot of paper. I'm am a white person from a white working class family I trust Obama more than I trust any republican that is in office Bayner wheres the jobs don't see you finding any I'd love to have yours and I am sure out there somewhere theres someone can do it a heck of a lot better than you. Used to be neural judged a politician on their worth while goals after seeing republicans at their best which is none! I feel their should be no republican party their nothing but doom and gloom and are leaders of the death panel.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  255. Steve Gant

    I think unless the american people dont have an equal opportunity to hold out monies to be paid to Senator Bunning,such as his retirement pension,which is already gauranteed by the goverment,he will never grasp the situation real working people that are unemployed now face. Childsupport is being affected as well everyday bills,I am less than 300 dollars from catching up my back support, and without unemployment benefits that amount puts me back 6 to 12 months behind with just two checks missed. I am just trying to keep my head above water till the economy turns around,senator bunning needs a reality check.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  256. Steve Williams

    One man gets this powerful because the Senate leadership wants to avoid debate on the other items in this bill so it wants to bring this bill to floor by "unanimous consent" limited debate. They can always bring the bill to the floor under the regular senate rules and go with a simple majority but they do want the transparency. They want to limit debate to the Committees and off the floor.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  257. Kathy

    If our goverment decides to cancel the unemployment benefits, what will our goverment do when our encomey falls apart.? People will not be able to support our businesss. People right here in the United States will start starving and more will become homeless. What countries will send relief aid to us. Alot of our job's went overseas. Make these companies come back the the United States and we will start having jobs's again. This is a Goverment problem, they are responsible for what happened. So start being a Goverment for the people, and take the responsibility for the problems you have created. Or the next for sale sign will read: For sale the United States, going cheap, no down payment .

    March 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  258. dan brammer

    When General Motors needed "BILLIONS" we found that.
    When the nations banks needed Hundreds of Billions we found that.
    When Joe American needed 10 billion to keep from loosing everything, it's a major problem.
    Someone explain to me how it's possible to help giant companies with hundreds of billions but the American people must do without?

    March 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  259. malekz

    With a PhD degree in engineering, I have been out of work for five long years. This Unemployment Benefit Extension bill will not cover me and thousands like me at all. Even for those who have been out of work and recently have run out of unemployment benefits it will be only a temporary pain killer. The President, Congress, and most importantly we -the People – should start seriously questioning why we have to set aside more than 1/3 of our GDP for the military and the Defense Department. The concept of security for over 95% of Americans is having stable, good-paying jobs, decent healthcare; being able to take care of their families and not having to beg for a pain killer such as Unemployment Benefits Extension. For them Homeland Security is not spending over 1/3 of GDP during such hard times in pursuit of a couple of antagonists and their small group of followers thousands of miles away from the United Sates. The recipients of this 1/3 GDP have been successful in providing guaranteed cushy jobs for themselves by scaring us beyond our senses. It seems to me that even the President and Congress are apprehensive that if the excessive budget of this privileged group is questioned, we may end up with a covert coup d’état in this country.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  260. Harold Kelt

    All the talk about job creation is moot if we allow companies to out-source American jobs. We have become a nation of consumers for the most part, buying products imported into america that were manufactured by people who were given our jobs. Maybe we need a global minimum wage, or prohibit the sale of these products in the U.S.. Then we can get our jobs back.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  261. Patty Ursomanno

    First off i dont believe that Bunning will ever understand untill you cut his salery, how can those that are suppose to be leading our government lead if they dont understand what we are going through, since 9/11/01 i would like to know how many raises they(our elected officals) have received. Why dont WE THE PEOPLE elect to give them ALL paycuts, also there is no way to fix OUR government when we have millions of illegals in this country, its seems those that are here illigally are better off than those of us that do everything the legal way (isn't that how it always seems) nothing has changed for those in our government they keep getting rasises no matter what the state of our economy is, and thats JUST NOT FAIR, unjust to say the least.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  262. Sarah

    I have been listening to the show for the last couple of hours. And every time the news comes back to Bunning, you state the same side. "What is going to happen to the current people that are loosening their unemployment benefits?"
    It seems that everyone you have had on disagrees with Bunning taking a stand at this point. I don't think you have looked at the other side of this issue. Our government needs to do more than keep giving handouts, extending programs that are not going to be an answer to our countries job problems. We need our government to start analyzing the root cause of our situation. We need bills passed that bring industry back to our boarders. Handing out money, and extending programs such as unemployment, is not going to fix our economy, or create jobs. They are making it weaker.

    I think what Bunning was trying to get across by reading "Roberts" letter is, we are loosing our country. We don't make anything anymore. Most of our largest “American" companies employee more people outside of our own country. Where has the "MADE IN AMERICA" label gone? Instead we import more items than we make, and you wonder why fuel costs are as high as they are.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  263. honeydoking

    You think this is bad, as a senior citizen, fought in two wars, and now am living close to poverty, so the good ole boys in Washington decided not to give us a cost of living increase for two years, in addition they cut medicare payment 21%, most doctors do not take medicare or now are going to stop taking medicare patients, so americans, don't retire, your better off dying on the job, oh and by the way I believed I was fighting for the United States of America which I truly love, however I find out I fought for the United States of Mexico

    March 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  264. George

    Bunning is a Hypocrite.Or he is a delusional-schizofrenic! He seems to take credit for " Pay As You go rule" as if he created it, but in reality he voted against it ! His party irresponsible run our nations economy deep into a hole; give our jobs away to the rest of world;all but destroyed our education system and futre;degraded health care to where it isn't good enough even for the lucky that can get it;gave all the breaks to rich so they haven't had to pay there fair share; Now all that is bitting us in the you no what, Bunning pulls this on the innocent needy ones that had nothing to do with causing the problems .All they are guilty of is hard work, honesty, and becoming victims of our countrys poor leadership.If the good people of our country do not have an income,health insurance, enough to eat,etc then neither should our leaders.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  265. Unemployed in Kirkland WA

    Senator Selfish Jim Bunning says that he's interested in helping the unemployed. What disingenuousness and arrogance! He's really only interested in scoring political points. That's the difference between him and the Democrats. It's time to march on Washington and impeach Senator Selfish and his cronies. Who's with me!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  266. Pam

    Thanks to Bunning, we will now lose our home. We have already lost our income and our health insurance when my husband lost his job. Our only income has been unemployment and now there will be nothing. Yes Senator Bunning, lets keep other countries happy and keep sending them millions of dollars, when we, our own country, our own people, are hurting and there is no money to help our own. The only thing left for us to do is welfare if we can even get it. Yes, "Hats off to you Bunning", or should I say "a finger back at you"!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  267. Barbara Johnson

    "Someone explain to me how it’s possible to help giant companies with hundreds of billions but the American people must do without?"

    AND...The money to 'help giant the money we work for...our taxes...

    We need a REAL Tea Party...We can give the Party of No...a dunk in the ocean...

    March 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  268. jarodkm

    yeah hes a good example of how our government is being run. its just getting worse and worse by the day. they get richer and we get poorer.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  269. henry

    People need to understand the budget numbers. Someone above mentioned cutting foreign aid. Humanitarian foreign aid is peanuts – the only substantial sum is the money given to Israel, Egypt, and a few other countries to buy arms from US military contractors. And even that amount is small by comparison to the deficit. Here are the real choices in order to make real progress toward "pay as you go": Cut (1) Pentagon, (2) Social Security and Medicare benefits, (3) Repeal Bush tax cuts and return to Clinton era tax levels. If (1) then thousands more people in the armament industry lose their jobs (a bad thing to happen in this jobs environment). If (2), the streets of DC will be filled with angry protestors and no politician will be reelected if they voted to do this. That leaves (3). The impact will mostly be felt by the wealthiest in this country, but the reason (3) isn't being done is because the Republicans will use the issue to attack the Democrats for raising taxes.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  270. Joe

    My self from Las Vegas, NV and on the federal extension of unemployment had it frozen or early terminated by Senator Bunning’s actions. Not a direct quote but Senator Reid said on a local new program last week that he wouldn’t let the benefits laps and didn’t see a problem getting the bill passed. Then when other Republicans attempt to enround, Democrats & Bunning (of course) shoot any attempts down. Now they’re all just playing party games with the wrong things. Why no party games or stalling to bail out the banks and the auto giants. Now understandable Bunning wants the money to be there to pay for this bill, so if there’s NO money how can Pres. Obama talk about a $1000-3000 instant rebate for home energy efficiency remodels.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  271. Don

    I'll tell you were you can get the money for unemployment. If the post office is losing $7000 a minute, I’ll work for half that money with no pension. Another reason the post office is losing so much money is because many of them join the army, navy and marine reserves. When they go to war or just on their AT training they still receive their full paychecks from the post office. Why is that, I think everybody in the military reserves who goes to war or just on their AT, (two week training) deserve their full paychecks from their place of employment also. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN (NOTE) the post office workers are not the only government employees who receive this benefit either. Stop these benefits, and that would be a great start on paying for these unemployment extensions. Their are so many unfair benefits our government pays out on a daily bases to government employees.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  272. Ann

    CNN breathless with their big story all day yesterday and this morning not having time alloted to FranklinGraham andSmith on the Haiti relief because you had to get back to the elevator. Then in the last hr Borger answers oh this wont matter ==Reid can pass it with 70 and it will be retroactive. But l bet you will continue to run all day Bunning blocking millions. If only 40 Republicans could do this much~~~~your bias is so evident==not just liberal but the last two days so anti Republican

    March 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  273. Gwynn

    It is disheartening to read all those on here that support Bunning's stand, obviously you all have jobs....currently. The experts say this will pass very soon, and it will be retroactive. Unfortunately, my landlord, nor the food on our table is "retroactive". And let me state clearly for all Bunning supporters – we don't want to be unemployed! Some of you think that we like living below the poverty level on unemployment compensation?! Here in Georgia, the unemployment is 10.3%. For every new job, there are three new layoffs. We have lost our home, medical benefits, credit, vehicles repoed, and dignity. I'd like to see our government officials miss one or two paychecks – you know...take one for the team! Plus, I am a firm believer in that charity begins at home, American's are suffering terribly, New Orleans is still recovering, yet government opens up the checkbook for Haiti, Chile, and whoever else needs help because it makes "US" look good. But sad fact is that "WE" look like a joke because our country is falling apart. Wake up Washington!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  274. Christine

    We all want things to be paid for. But that did not happen after Clinton who left a "surplus". There is no money yet Congress can give themselves a $5000 a year raise. Give me a break. But, there is no money for those not working who will have to go on Welfare and we will have to pay for it anyway. Or, they could loose everything and end up on the street. When they lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

    It infruiates me as the GOP is too late with the Pay as You Go, and Bunning voted against it. He voted "NO" on Pay as you Go.

    Come one, now they want Pay as you Go, when they were in control they did not pay for anything. Too late cannot cry now when you spent like there was no tomorrow.

    And all of Congress should cut their benefits and pay and show that they really care about this country and the people. If they were in the "real" world they probably would not have jobs with the economy and at some of their ages, would not be able to get a job. But they have their full pay and benefits for life.

    Yet look at what they do to everyday, hard working Americans. An overhaul of the entire system is so needed.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  275. robert from wash state

    as a republican i am apuled this is wher the money is needed at the streets this will cause more homeless and starving people stop bailing out the bankers and feed the people. or take the so called stimulas and creat a WPA project and rebuild the interstructer back in the united states and creat jobs. the citys are falling apart and need rebuilding ther for plenty new jobs for years and a investment to the united states not foren countrys. i can not beleave that anyone in the position of the goverment would denie the basic funds to support a life because thats whats happing when you take this away!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  276. MR.AL

    This is for Senator Bunning are you trying to play god? These are people lives you have disrupted. You don't seem to care, I'm sorry the job you were elected to has interfered with Basketball. But with your Garbage Attitude I don't see how you got elected!! Remember it's you the Lawmakers and the Bush Aministration who spent Amereica into a recession!! In 2010 you froze raises for people on SSI and approved raises, retirement bennifitts and bonuses for yourselves!! Now Bunning pulls this stunt!! This is for the people of Kentucky you elected Bunning whats your next move? When I was a teenager a wise man told me If you want a job don't vote Repulican that has come to be so true 2000 to the president time, Greed seems to be rampant in our Lawmakers decisions!! Ive seen no conscience in what they do, the me,myself and I ploitics has florished in the last nine years!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  277. Larry McKinney

    Congressman Bunning Is being made a villain for standing up for what all congressman should be standing for. Thats what " pay as you go" is for. What it be just as fast to find the way to pay for it. Attach the ones who want to spend and not pay for it.
    Buy the way there are many ways that Dems could get this bill past without letting Bunning slowing it down. If you think that the dems aren't allowing this bill to slow down for political gain you better do some research. One congressman can't slow it down like this other wise congress would not get nothing done.
    We have to stop spending money we don't have. Its been done by both parties in the past. Now is the time for that to stop. We are headed to bankruptcy if we don't change. At that point you won't have worry about unemployment, health care, and any other government funded program.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  278. Marty

    At the risk of sounding heartless, let me point out that we have heard comments from individuals who have been collecting unemployment and/or COBRA subsidies for a year, and from others who are unemployed and at or near retirement age with no savings. I would hope that those collecting benefits and others in their families are still seeking employment, rather than becoming content with benefits while they last. I also wonder why one should be rescued for not having the foresight to save for retirement. Does anyone remember singing along with Jimminy Cricket to the tune of "Oh the World Owes Me A Living"?

    March 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  279. Mitchell

    Why is Sen. Bunning refusing to vote for a $10 billion bill that will help the unemployed during a severe recession. When there are 6 job searchers for every 1 job opening, it is statistically impossible for everyone to be working now. Consequently are many people who are in need of help. Unemployment benefits help to keep people spending–which positively affects our economy.

    Has Sen Bunning forgotten that he DID vote for starting 2 wars which weren't "paid for." These two wars will increase our national debt by trillions. He did vote for 2 Bush era tax cuts that also weren't "paid for." These tax cuts increased our national debt by $1.8 trillion.

    So now he is refusing to vote for a $10billion bill to help the unemployed after helping to run up our national debt by trillions of dollars. This is the very definition of hypocritical!

    March 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  280. patsy

    Whatever happened to the "PayGo" theory? Did it become legislation? Does anyone else have the spine to admit the US gov't is flat broke? Should we keep printing more paper and growing gov't even more? Will the spend now because it's a economic crisis ever slow down or is the country and gov't on a perpetual spending spree? We will soon look like a third-world, banana republic – total collapse of our economic system and currency. Who will buy our debt? Who will create the jobs? Who will pay the salaries? Why, Big, Bloated Brother, of course! Our Rich Uncle Sam will take care of us.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  281. Greg

    It's sad it has come down to this! They can not keep printing money there has to be another way. When our money gets worthless and it cost 10.00 for a loaf of bread then what are we going to do, you might have money but if it cost a 1000.00 for a weeks worth of grocerys then nobody will be eating and the economy will crash. Has to be another way to create jobs and bring all the production of merchandise back to America for American workers to be able to live. Not China, Japan, etc.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  282. Don

    (Unemployment extensions). The republican gave the rich 9 years of tax deduction, to invest and create jobs in this country. What really happen was we save the fat cats enough money to move our jobs to China? The republicans cause these high unemployment rates for our people, now they should help those same Americans from losing everything. They just don't get it, and I can't believe so many Americans in the middle class think the GOP really cares about doing the right thing.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  283. jb

    His name says it all, where does he get off dictating how our money should be spent and when. All the people worked alot of years and paid into unemployment! Now, with this economy they need it back, they worked for it not him, ask these officials "Do They Pay Taxes"!
    Also ask him every time he sits down to eat,pay his mortgage,and make sure his kids get to eat! If they stop unemployment, figure it out idiot, they will just go on another government plan, Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicare. With officials like him no wonder we are where we are in the world!!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  284. JADDIE

    You could everything that he wants, but as long as it is a Black President in office it really doesn't matter, they republican from Ky. will never agree on anything that he does. They are 200 hundred years behind time and can't go forward. This is all over the state of Ky. He is trying to act like he is doing something, but not really. It is because the president is black. They just would not every agree with anything that he does. I live in the state of KY.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  285. DanM

    As jb says, "If they stop unemployment, figure it out idiot, they will just go on another government plan, Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicare." I just jb one of 'they'. Or, is he standing in the forest looking for a tree. Welfare , Food Stamps, Medicare is already funded. With the current bill we're talking about new funding for a wealth of things...unemployment included. NEW FUNDING!! WE PAY. WE NEED TO WAKE UP and SMELL THE HORSE HOCKEY.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  286. Mary Covert

    This Bunning/Reid fiasco is a made- for-TV movie. One senator is not denying the extension of unemployment benefits, and every thing else that is thrown into this bill. The Democrats can call for a vote anytime and get on with it. It's a chess game they are playing, but they're not very good at it. Too much transparency!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  287. Kathryn Sager

    This is so crazy-let Senator Bunning worry next week how he is going to feed his family. I have been out of work for a little over 5 months living on 1/3 of my former income plus paying Cobra for health insurance. I would like for the Senator to come & get a job right now; his age good luck oh & don't forget "over-qualified". Walk a day in middle America's shoes Senator-then talk

    March 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  288. Seth Maki

    Shame on Bunning and all the Republicans like him. Though, things like this should remind all of us Americans of the evils that the Republican Party has forced upon all of the worlds' citizens. It appears to me that many of us have allowed ourselves to forget what it was like in 2004, when our phones were tapped, our mail was read, our readings were examined, our civil liberties were limited, and how our money was spent for a few corporations, the largest of which had been previously run by the former vice president, to be able to control the resources of another sovereign nation. The GOP is guilty of torturing prisoners of war, which was banned by the Geneva Convention, crimes against peace, and wholesale grand larceny when millions lost their investments on Wall Street because of bad business practices allowed by the deregulation of the global market. Not to mention the genocide of the Iraqi, Afghani, and Pakistani peoples. I'm not sure who'd I'd rather have running this country, the Republicans, or a certain German political party that came into power 77 years ago. At least the Nazis had universal health care for all Germany's citizens.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  289. Sherry N. Calif.

    Welcome to the New World Order. It will get worse for Americans especially those that have jobs today but will find they do not tomorrow. Bunning needs to retire with his millions and take the rest of his Party with him along with the Democrats. Recycle Congress NOW!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  290. Ernesto

    He apparently isn't listening to people of his state. Because they are tv and protesting in his state . like I have said he needs to look at whats happening.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  291. Larry Ccutts

    Thanks KY sdanding up to washington america heahth care would be ok if we were working all jobs thanks to nafta are gone thanks to washgition If americans were working coude afforde health care frome TN home town loss 6000 jobs wake up washgition and state rep America Votes

    March 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  292. A. Smith, Oregon

    Republican Senator Jim Bunning said he does not want the extension of unemployment benefits to add to the federal deficit. Of course, Republican Senator Jim Bunning has run two foreign wars on credit for almost a decade!

    The implicit message of Sen. Bunning's single-handed gesture is that the unemployed should be allowed to miss their rent check, let their health care insurance lapse and prevent millions of Americans from having adequate food on their tables. Republican Senator Jim Bunning's sentiment is the Republican goal and core belief that the federal food assistance program is too generous. The Republican goal and core belief is to scrap and eliminate Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid for 'The Good of America' under their faux banner of new found fiscal responsibility!

    Is the Republican Party's goal and core belief trying to tell America that a return to 1930s bread lines is OK?

    Slicing Millions of American's from unemployment benefits is simply a opening move to lay the format for unveiling the Republican plan and goal of eliminating Social Security and Medicare-Medicaid entirely under their faux banner of new found fiscal responsibility.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  293. Gary from Kansas

    Mr Bunning should be fired and put on the unemployment rolls so that he can figure out how to feed his kids and put a roof over thier heads.

    All politicians need to figure out that they have a job because the people, not lobbyists elected them..

    Mr Bunning is a pefect example of what is wrong with the politics in america. If this was about wall street I am sure he would have fallen all over himself to vote YES.

    March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  294. dan brammer

    How can we let one vote effect this many Americans when we spend billions overseas trying to prevent this very thing.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  295. Mary Snyder

    Maybe if the government hadn't outsourced their jobs, these people wouldn't need help. Follow the dots.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  296. Lisa

    What an incredible waste of time this was!!! Does Bunning truly believe that the Senate has nothing better to do than react to his theatrics? This country has so many important problems to deal with and the Senate has just spent an entire week dealing with this obstructionist. Where was he when Bush was spending us into the toilet?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  297. Frants

    He looks like he is sayin:"It is what the American People WANTS" (except ,perhaps, for the ones who need the money)...and we the tax payers pay his salery?

    March 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  298. Fred

    Oh, Yes!!! I would have done what he in fact did! That is, to protect the most vulnerable among us, in the short-term AND long-term, in the smaller AND bigger picture...That would be a perfect game!

    March 3, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  299. ronnie patrick

    Very dangerous to say the least. I think he should just leave his post at once. I do believe he is sick and I do not mean that to be nasty but in a good way to say he needs professional help. I was looking back over his record and the things that he has done that has caused great concern and in my opinion he does need help.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  300. ronnie patrick

    I am a long sincere Democrate ,and will always be very supportive of whomever the President of the Democrate party is. I do not believe in what the Republicans are doing to not just the Democrates but especially the Country. The Republicans are hurting themselves just to just say NO does not make sense to me. Please dear Lord just make things come together for all. All of you adorable Democrates lets just stick together and support our party in a big way. Lets give not just our time but our money, prayers, and whatever is called upon us to do.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  301. Will Dudley

    You go, Bunning. It just warms my heart to see a Republican Senator so stupid. Are you sure you're not from South Carolina? You know, they have a history of dumb things like this...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  302. Steph

    I have sent out 600 resumes since September of 2008, and had 2 interviews. Require government jobs, to have unempoloyed preferences and get the unemployed back to work.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  303. Liberal4Obama

    The GOP only cares about corporations, they could care less if americans dont have a home, healthcare or an income, thats how vile and heartless they are.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  304. Kees

    Senator Bunning is a member of the exclusive club of 100. The rest of us don't exist to him. As far as this narcissist is concerned, we should all step away from the Senator's elevator.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  305. Claire

    Sen. Bunning made his stand because he had nothing to lose. He is retiring, and my guess is that if he were running again, the grandstanding wouldn't have happened.

    I wonder two things:
    Did his party quietly suggest that he take this stand to "prove a point", since he could afford to be the party hero?

    And when will Congress rise to this crisis by offering to take pay cuts, and reduce their "lifelong" retirement status to bridge the gap between spending and the deficit? My vote will go to the first party who drafts that bill!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  306. Todd

    I think that Senator Bunning's comments, define the thinking by most republicans, that the working middle class is expendable. This was proven in the past by the Bush years, when he failed to extend benefits, because he was starting his re-election year. Many unemployed Americans at that time lost benefits and when they stopped writing checks it looked like he did some miracle to create jobs, when in reality, he did not nor did he care.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  307. P. Wright

    I don,t think Senator Bunning woulb be singing his song if he were on the other end of employment line. If he thinks recieving less than half of a previous weekly salary is unacceptable, perhaps he should take a pay-cut. After all, his salary is comming out of our pockets, emplyed or not.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  308. Frank, Suburban Philadelphia

    i grew up in Philly, and remember Jim Bunning, fondly for throwing a perfect game on Father's Day in the early 1960's. Unfortunately, with his political actions recently, that delayed unemployment benefits to millions of Americans, it is that action that I will now remember when I hear his name. Shame on you Jim Bunning.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  309. Joel Patrick

    Many people agree with Bunning's premise that we have to begin paying for the monstrous debt load that will otherwise fall on our children and grandchildren.

    It's easy to demigog the issue on behalf of the non-workers, but there's not one of us who doesn't know several people who are collecting unemployment who COULD be working. Try being honest about it. We sympathize with the honest job-seekers, and we reject the philosophy of the cheaters.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  310. David, FL

    this guy bunning should live in one of our shoes for a few months and see how useful and necessary the extension of benefits is so important. How can you go home to rest your head at night knowing that you single handedly will make the homeless population higher than it already is. We need these benefits.....

    March 3, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  311. Deana Haun

    I've been unemployed a year this month, I got laid off last February, not by my choice, but because of the economy. I have applied for endless amount of jobs, looking for work and still have not been able to find nothing. I believe it's a disgrace for those of who are unemployed and that certain members of Congress making us feel worse about ourselves then we already do! It's time that this country starts thinking about what's "OUR OWN" instead of sending funding and money everywhere else when there are thousands of us HERE that need it! I can say I WAS proud to be a Republican, but not anymore!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  312. c franzell

    Mr. Bunning was just a front man for the republicans. Its all about petty politics. The republicans put Mr. Bunning out there in front because he does have anything to loose He isn't running for re-election so he can't be held responsible by the voters. Just more politics as usual by the republicans. You never seen them hold up a bill for Wall Street or a bank have you?
    C. Franzell

    March 3, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  313. Leonard

    I applaud Sen. Bunning. People have had how many weeks to find a job. There are plenty of jobs out there if you aren't too proud to take it. I know convience stores and fast food chains are always hiring. The farmers are alway complaining about Americans not wanting to toil in the fields. Yes, you may have a masters degree, but in my mind, under-employed is better than being unemployed. Unless, of course, you just want to sit around and collect money for doing nothing.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  314. John - New Jersey

    I sent the following to Senator Jim Bunning –

    Thank you for taking a stand against Unemployment Benefits Extensions – This pitiful amount of money, which is below a poverty level income, is all I have to count on to pay for shelter and purchase food – Thank you for proving that my over taxing government is completely out of touch with the disappearing middle class of 'We The People" who voted for you and your colleagues – Thank You for your previous votes in favor of all the billions to be spent annually on foreign countries including those we are at war with – Thank You for keeping the interests of Lobbyists and Corporations in mind instead of the uninsured, unemployed, suffering Americans that you've taken a stand against – Thank you for your misguided principles – Thank God for politicians like you!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  315. David, FL

    How can you be suprised if republicans just care about themselves and the rest of the rich. He is worse than spitzer(NY), Patterson(NY), Marion Berry, Tiger Woods, even Chris Brown would be forgiven before Bunning. So SELFISH........

    March 3, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  316. Richard Henry

    I have been able to keep my job thanks to the extreme measures taken by the company where I work. However, I know way too many people that are not so lucky and everything under them is falling apart. Just like Senator Bunning, too many politicians have been in Washington way too long, completely out touch with the reality of the average American; they should be replaced just like you change a dirty diaper and don't allow them to come back into the political scene. It's time to put average American citizens in Washington with a lot more common sense in how the country should be governed. Thank you for allowing me to comment.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  317. Patricia Vellante

    I am an Independent; however, seeing what the Republicans are doing in Congess is making me change my mind to change my party back to a Democrat, which I previously was. They are making it very difficult for this country as they are the ones who are bipartisism They are blocking almost everything that the Democrats are proposing, and this is just a game to them. Bunning is not thinking of the people of this country. He is just playing games. Why didn't he block anything when Bush was in. And why now? I'll tell you why – he is not seeking election, and, therefore, feels that he does not need any votes. He did not block anything when it came to the wars. Doesn't he realize if they cease unemployment, many people will not be able to pay their mortgage,and, therefore, we will be back to foreclosures. Why didn't he stop the bailing out on the banks, and why are the Republicans allowing the insurance companies to hike the insurance rates. He has no compassion for the people of this country. I have been out of work for almost a year and have been seeking a job. I have been sending out resumes and have had a number of interviews to no avail. What do the Republicans think – the people do not want to work. I say this man should get out and resign now as WE THE PEOPLE do not need a man like this in our Congress. We need someone who is thinking for the people, whether or not they can put food on their table for their family, and I am one of them. Senator, GET OUT of the Senate. Think about this, our taxes are paying for this man who has no compassion for the people of this country. Now I say that is a waste of our taxes. His job is to represent the people of his State and country. This is all a game for him. We need our Congress to get along and work together, rather than to play their stupid games.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  318. Ben O'Hara


    I am sick and tired of listening to everybody in Washington from the top down telling me what Americans want (needless to say there is 2 distinct versions of that). Anyone who believes a word out of any of their mouths needs their head examined.

    Tell you what Washington, put your money where your mouth is. Put anybodies version of healthcare, full bill, up on the Internet (in plain English please). Mail a bullet point summary to every American who files a tax return so that everyone at least gets the gist of it and can look on the Internet to get the details.

    And then (pay attention folks), put that healthcare bill on the November 2010 election ballot as a binding referendum and let us, the American people, tell YOU, Washington, exactly what we really want. Have any of you got the “colloquialism” to do that?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  319. Novice Silva

    Now I am sure that Bunning has refused his monthly stipend and future retirement benefits from the government. The problem I have with government officials is that they assume we vote for them in order that they might vote their own way without consideration of how their constituents want them to vote. I am one of the "unemployed" who has worked for 40 years, paid all of my taxes and sought no extraordinary benefits from my government and now that I need them this is what we get...Bunning and his coharts who think they know what is best for us. They worry about the deficit and what it will do for our future generations. If we do not get through this nightmare the future generations will have nothing to worry about!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  320. Lawrence

    Thank you Jim Bunning for standing up for taxpayers around the country – as the WSJ put it's "His finest hour" – Of course, the typical Statists and the complicit media vilifies him for following Obama's pay-as-you-go rules.

    Of course, the real story here is that Senator Bunning is exposing pay-go as the fraud that it is. And, guess what? the media misses the real story due to it's progressive blindness. Shocker.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  321. Verma Rivers

    I believe That Senator Bunning Needs to filibuster his own salary. Congress needs to taste its own medicine and suspend their pay until the Country can find money to help the jobless and poor.This includes all the money they are getting from Big Corporations. Better still give all their salaries and lobby money to help the country.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  322. roy

    when I read and watch what mr bunning is doing I get a knot in my stomic, I think of our troops who are scarificing their lives for the people, then mr bunning who contrast that scarifice, by the actions of
    a self serving obstructionist. He is one of the reasons Governement is broken.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  323. jerry steele

    Bunning is right. It should be paid for..Out of the repealed tax breaks for the super rich. Another opportunity missed by the Democrats.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  324. Dena

    We can all point the finger at whoever we want, this is NOT just one person in Congress doing this. This is Democrats and Republicans alike. What ever happened to it being about the AMERICAN people? Don't we live in the USA? It's time for the ENTIRE congress to come together and fight for US! The unemployed, including me, DIDN'T ask for this! Do they really think I (and all of us) enjoy being unemployed? I've been unemployed for over a year, have filed bankruptcy and am in the process of having my house foreclosed! And somehow I want this to be happening? Somewhere along the line, it became Democrats vs Republicans and it's such a shame! Congress should be trying to figure out what to do about the economy and the unemployment and STOP worrying about everything else. I read where someone asked where the President was.....he's off worrying about the damn healthcare bill.....instead of worrying about the REAL AND UPFRONT issues that the American people are facing right now!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  325. Ron W

    I think the senator has been the only one (so far) to get it right. Unfortunately someone has to suffer. Even so if he and others don't step up their integrity then we all will continue to suffer.

    What I don't understand is why the president and the rest of our government can't see the biggest problem with this countries economy and cost of everything is directly related to our government allowing (for years now) near free trade with other countries. We have American companies that formerly produced within the country that are now producing in 3rd world countries and outsourcing to China. So the American companies can rake in a pretty penny but we the people of the United States can't afford it because there are no jobs here.

    Japan got it right with manufacturing. Manufacture in other countries, sell in other countries. Keep local manufacturing for selling within the country.

    U.S. companies could still manufacture outside the country but don't sell it here. Manufacture here for selling here. They would still increase there profits by doing so. All that is happening now is reduced sales.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  326. Jimmi Nok

    Jobless? That's an outrageous understatement!

    When are you guys going to start working to correct the injustice to men perpetrated by the Violence Against Women's Act. EVERYONE should read Dean Tong's "Elusive Innocence – Survival Guide for the Falsely Accused." There is a scourge being perpetrated against father's and their children across this country. Everyone knows how women can, and do, use the inequality in the courts to abuse and destroy a man's life and future for financial reward and abduction of his children. It happened to me.

    A veteran and former Air Traffic Controller. I have had two careers and my education in Aerospace Science ruined, and my ability to obtain employment destroyed. My abusive Borderline Personality Disorder ex-wife used the injustice of our courts to falsely accuse me of abuse (thankfully not sexual abuse) to keep her 18-year threat that I would "never see my children again." Due to the VAWA all it took was her false claim without ANY evidence beyond her say so. The overzealous members of injustice; the cops, the DA's, the judges,and all of the social workers and other's that have financial gain from it all, happily played along.

    Welcome to America, thank you for your service!

    March 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  327. Scott Kays Student Univeristy of Louisville

    The sanity of Jim Bunning has been a source of debate since before his 2004 election. I'm convinced, after researching his history, he is a delusional schizophrenic. As a public servant, he ought to release his medical records, but he's sealed them. Mental illness of this nature precludes his ability to perform his duties as a Senator. It's imperative he release his records NOW or be relieved of duties!

    Mental illness has not been talked about much and is therefore a stigma in society – but honestly – this is very serious and cannot be ignored. If there's nothing to hide – what's the problem with releasing his records?

    Although I sympathize with how many of my fellow Kentuckians feel, I didn't elect and re-elect and re-elect this untrained this spoiled, pampered, anti-Constitutional old man. A bare majority of voters in Kentucky still believe that government is a popularity contest and that it's reasonable to hand over a Senate seat to guy who was good at pitching baseballs. The people who actually profit from keeping Bunning in Congress squeaked out a 50.66% to 49.34% 'win', due only to a last-minute money hustle by the RNC. Note that at least 49.34% of Kentucky's voters are now unrepresented in Congress and have been for many years.

    I may be optimistic, but I think that more and more people In Kentucky have learned the hard way to stop electing old baseball players who can't read. It's beginning to look like more voters are dropping the babyish "I am perfect, THEY are to blame" mentality. They've stopped believing that someday they'll be rich, if they just suck up to the rich now. They've have given up voting with their gut.

    Every bit of that has been tried. None of it works.

    Just a thought;

    Christopher Scott Kays

    March 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  328. JP

    One item mentioned within this story jumped in my face...the serious cuts in physician reimbursements for services to medicare/medicaid recipients that went into effect becausew of the failure to pass the bill at hand...I want to know who initiated the cuts in the first place and why...was it the Dems or Repubs and more specifically who.

    With average wages declining vs average profits for corporations are increasine, the wealth of the few is being increased on the backs of the many...yet there is no willingness to take care (ie health and well being) of these common workers who are in ever greater numbers reduced to lower wage part time jobs to increase profits. This is a dangerous mix.

    We seem to have lost all moral and ethical standards regarding our fellow human beings in this country.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  329. george

    ...the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, and that should scare the hell out of the republicans, who love to lie about Obama raising taxes. They won't mention which bracket gets the tax hike because it's them!!!....and be warned republican conservatives, the American people are mad as hell and on the verge of not taking it anymore, and if the poor and liberal stand up and speak with one voice, there will be a cry go out throughout the land so loud, that EVERYONE will have to listen.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  330. Stella

    Many agree that Bunning just played politics because he had nothing to loose. Why can’t we give these kinds of politicians a taste of their own medicine? Why can’t we cancel their insurance coverage and cut off their pensions? My husband’s employer just did that to us. Since we employ politicians, why can’t we do the same? That is a march on Washington that I would sign up for!

    March 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  331. Laura

    This is the darnedest (d)recession. Certain parts of our society are affected, others not at all. And few seem to see how health-care is at the root of the strategies like making all the jobs part-time to avoid paying health insurance. Few seem to see that the 2 wars can't end abruptly, or we will have a recession spelling with a "d" not an "r". Imagine for a moment all those guys coming back to become civilians. Where would they work???? I can't for the life of me see why we are staying in Iran or Afghanistan for any reason but to keep people employed at fighting while we try desperately to re-tool the country for the future.

    Bunning, and the whole Congress should really do some thinking about the seriousness of their jobs. Right now, I'd say do what needs to be done, and hope like H- there will be a way to pay for it some day. Personally, I can't see the situation looking too pretty for this country thirty years from now, whether we alleviate some suffering now, or not. Thank God, it looks like we'll have our extension now, and I think the President is going to have the guts to just shove some things through even if it means he is out of office in 3 more years.

    As a people, we have only ourselves to blame for the people we have put in office because we don't inform ourselves, but as a society, vote for the persona that attracts us emotionally.

    March 5, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  332. Bullfrog

    to all those folks that have fallen from the top, welcometo the bottom with the rest of us PO Folk. can't stay on top for ever.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm |