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Obama: GOP blocking benefits for unemployed

July 18, 2010

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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Thursday outside the White House in Washington. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Senate Republicans are playing politics with bills that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses.

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Thursday outside the White House in Washington. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Senate Republicans are playing politics with bills that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses.

— President Barack Obama says Senate Republicans are playing politics with bills that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses.

Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly radio and online address, Obama said the GOP leadership has chosen to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress” by blocking votes on agenda items the president says would breathe life into the economic recovery.

“These steps aren’t just the right thing to do for those hardest hit by the recession,” Obama said. “They’re the right thing to do for all of us.”

The address was recorded at the White House before Obama flew to Maine on Friday for a weekend family vacation.

Lawmakers have battled for weeks over extending unemployment benefits to workers who have been out of a job for long stretches of time. The last extension ran out at the end of May, leaving about 2.5 million people without benefits.

The House has already passed a bill to extend the benefits through November, but with the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats don’t have the 60 votes they need to overcome a GOP filibuster. The Senate plans to take up the measure again on Tuesday — when Byrd’s successor, the former chief counsel for Gov. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is expected to be sworn in.

The $34 billion needed to extend benefits would be borrowed, adding to the nation’s mounting debt. Republicans have tapped into the public’s anger and concern over that debt, saying they would only support extending benefits if the bill was paid for.

Obama pushed back in his address, accusing Republicans of making their stand at the expense of the unemployed “after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit.”

Obama also called on lawmakers to send him a package of tax breaks and credit extensions for small businesses.

In their weekly address, Republicans focused on Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick to the administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. By appointing Berwick while the Senate was in recess, Obama was able to avoid a public hearing and Senate vote for his nominee — a move Republicans have called hypocritical amid Obama’s promises of transparency.

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, who delivered the address, said Berwick’s recess appointment is particularly troubling given the large role he’ll play in implementing the massive health care overhaul Obama signed into law earlier this year.

“The president’s health care plan — the most sweeping overhaul of health care in our lifetime — cannot be implemented behind closed doors,” Roberts said.

Comments

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

You DON"T have the money, Mr. President!!!! It's downright disgusting to claim the right is just "playing politics" when your only answer is an appeal to emotion. "Look what they're doing to you; THEY are the cause of you're lot in life." You don't have the money to fund this, nor nearly everything else you've rammed through. This is akin to a child throwing a fit because his parents won't buy him an XBox because they don't even have enough money for food, for crying out loud.

grammaddy 4 years, 5 months ago

Let the tax break for the rich expire and quit subsidizing big business(oil) and there would be plenty for those in need.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Plenty for those in need?! More than 50% of the budget is already allocated to entitlement programs. Enough already.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Defender, any chance you're ever going to add something to the conversation besides idiocy, name-calling, or personal attacks? That's a rhetorical question, cupcake, just to save the brain cells.
Unemployment itself is not an entitlement program, EXCEPT when the Fed prolongs it. Unemployment is insurance that is fully funded by employers.....EXCEPT when the federal government prolongs benefits, which are only paid by the government.... which are OUR tax dollars....which are NOW entitlement.
Perhaps when you grow out of being the Frys Guy, you MIGHT comprehend what the grown-ups are talking about. Until that cold day in Hell.................

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Darn, beat me to it. I was just typing almost the exact same thing, then saw you had already posted it.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Soooo, you're unable to read, too. That's a shame, but not a shocker.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

My, don't we have a high opinion of ourself!

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

How many people have you accused around here of not being able to read? 50? 100? Yes Jay, only you are able to read. You are the one person among us to possess this magical skill! What a great man you are!

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Seeing as you've yet to post anything of substance, Defender, you're questioning anyone's schooling is hilarious. And no, you're reading and comprehension skills are severely lacking as this now makes it twice you've come back to criticize what's above in black and white.

grammaddy 4 years, 5 months ago

Got a link for that? I've read that the military takes up more than 50%.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Are you kidding, gramm? You realize that the thing you post with is a computer, right? Do your own homework, please.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely no idea why that post got removed, but it had a link for ya, gramm. It was real difficult to find, too, took all of three key words. Give it a shot and learn something.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

The point I've asserted is common freakin' knowledge, Agno. A two or three word prompt in a browser? Ettu? Like I just said above (why can't you people read?) I provided a link for the fundamentally lazy, but it got removed for some reason. Do your own homework.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Brilliant.. Likening this forum to a medical journal? Or my common knowledge declaration to a new cure? Fine, since you people are too bumfuzzled to type in two keywords:

According to Congressional Budget Office records, federal outlays for mandatory spending were 33.8% in 1965 vs. 59.9% in 2005. They were highest in the Clinton years: 60% in 1995 and up to 62.6% by 2000. Source: CF&P Foundation article "Prosperitas", April 2007.

From a Washington Post article in 1997 called "Americans Oppose Cutting Entitlements to Fix Budget", the authors state that "...many [Americans] are unaware that entitlement programs consume more than 60 percent of the overall budget..."

A book "The Complete Idiots Guide to Economics" written in 2003 cites the U.S. Government budget as reporting that entitlements make up approximately 65 percent of our budget, distributed as follows: Social Security: 23% Medicare: 12% Medicaid: 7% Other Means-tested entitlements: 6% Mandatory payments (pensions, etc.): 6% Net interest on debt: 11%

In 2005, Senator Judd Gregg, then Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee stated that "Mandatory entitlement spending now represents a whopping 55 percent of all federal spending. If left on its current path, that could jump to more than 60 percent in 10 years. That will force us to cut out other necessary expenditures or raise taxes and weaken our economy." Source: The Hill newspaper, Washington DC. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_percentage_of_the_U.S._federal_budget_is_spent_on_entitlements

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10609044/

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/78xx/doc7851/03-08-Long-Term%20Spending.pdf

http://www.house.gov/budget_republicans/entitlement/roadmap_debtburden_budget.pdf

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1154/is_n8_v81/ai_14189688/

Now, let's sit quietly and enjoy the innocuous drone of crickets.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

I apologize for being snide with you, brother, caught me early with little sleep and a constant theme building in responses. I had provided a link in this string but the post got pulled for some reason and it's as easy to vet oneself as anythilng could be, but shouldn't have snapped at you. Sincere apologies.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

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beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

So how many people does this make that you have called names on these boards? Must make you feel important.

kimmydarling 4 years, 5 months ago

except it's not more than half the budget..

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Mmmkay, kimmy. 'Cept it is. Got multiple links above that prove it.

Centerville 4 years, 5 months ago

What Jughead isn't saying is that the Democrats don't have enough votes to pass this, even though they have majorities in both houses. That's why they won't bring it up for a vote.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

You mean they don't have the votes to override the lock-step filibustering from the Republicans.

And he is the President of the United States of America, yet you call him "Jughead." Nice. Just another example of more anti-American hate speak coming from the sore-losers on the Right.

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

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beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

And here comes beatrice with............ bupkiss.

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

As usual. That is her typical response when she is - yet again - shown to be in error.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

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notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

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independant1 4 years, 5 months ago

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beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

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Centerville 4 years, 5 months ago

There's no filibuster. If the Democrats wanted to pass this, they could have done it two weeks ago. And Jughead knows it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

How did you arrive at the name "Jughead?" Is that what your daddy called you when you pissed him off?

Kyle Reed 4 years, 5 months ago

Is that seriously the best you could come up with as a taunt? Weak and pathetic.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

It wasn't a taunt. When racists like centerville come up with a (presumably derogatory) name for Obama I'm always curious how they arrive at it.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 5 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

Well, I'm glad you're here providing quality control on "taunting." That must be a very gratifying position.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 5 months ago

See, now that wasn't so hard to admit was it? I see you even flexed your "suggest removal" muscles and got my mean ole comment removed. So lame.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Jughead?

And you have accomplished what in this world?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 5 months ago

Of course, the AP doesn't mention the reckless policies of the current regime that have caused unemployment to soar. Remember, it wasn't going to go above 8% if Congress passed the Porkulus bill.

puddleglum 4 years, 5 months ago

of course that unemployment rate has nothing to do with YOUR hero-president of the last 8 years? yeah, he did so much for the american worker.

but back to the mess that the rest of us inherited from rightwingnuts.... unemployment should be dropped, then people would get serious about stuff..... know whaddamean?

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 5 months ago

Now now, snappy! the war in Iraq was to be over in four to six weeks, too.

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

Would have expected more play on this thread. I guess almost nobody is listening to the weasel-in-chief's rhetoric any more.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

"Waaaaaaaa" cried the sore loser. "Waaaaaaaaaaa."

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep it up with the junior high 'sore loser' stuff, bea, you really bolster your "argument" every time with that teenage crappola. Higher degrees my Aunt Fanny.

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

The world has never heard such a "Waaaaaaaaaaa" as we'll here from poor, dear old bea in two more years. Just like her incessant whining for the entire duration of the previous administration - which is still going on almost two years later.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep hope alive nota.

Plus, if someone does unseat Obama, I'll wish them well. That is what real Americans do ... not that you would know.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Right. Someone calls our President the "weasel-in-chief," and I'm the one being childish.

Only a sore loser would ever attempt to degrade the office of the President of the United States like that. One need not be in junior high to recognize this. I'm just pointing out the obvious.

By the way, I thought you were done with me.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

I see jay has no response to this comment.

kimmydarling 4 years, 5 months ago

if you can call our current president disrespectful names without your patriotism being questioned, does this mean I can start calling GWB Chimpy McFlightsuit again without being called a communist?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

Do you suppose if Obama proposed reducing the war budget by enough to pay for these unemployment benefits, Republicans would vote for it? After all, the main complaint is that it'll increase the deficit.

Liberty275 4 years, 5 months ago

No is the only word a senate republicans with guts need to say right now. With a little courage, they can mitigate the damage the clown has already done. America can kick him out in 2012 and undo the damage then.

Mike Ford 4 years, 5 months ago

lets see denialists, you're chucklehead played laissez faire with the economy for 8 years. Sound economic advice after 9/11 go shopping (Laughter). How do people go shopping, they go shopping by playing with the paper inflated equity in their homes. When that value disappears, the domino effect begins, home devalued no money to pay for suv, home devalued no money for home improvement.. home depot and home builders out of work.. home devalued Detroit build fewer F-150's for contruction work, home loans bundled into toxic assets that banks and people buy through the banks.. one gigantic Republican materialistic ponzi scheme and what do dumblicans do best.. walk away from the mess and try to prevent their successors from fixing the problems. Numerous dumblicans attempted this against FDR over four terms including the wildly unpopular Alf Landon. Oh, I almost forgot about all of the pension and company investments taken down by the GOP Ponzi scheme and all of the home foreclosures due to the loss of jobs by companies who lost investment money in the market and all of the consumers with no more equity money to spend so that the companies had to cut workers to survive. Oh and after all of this who is denying support money to all of the people affected by the GOP Ponzi Scheme. The GOP.. congrats you dumblicans.

notajayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

See, beatrice? Now THAT'S what you call a "Waaaaaaaaaaaaa".

Liberty275 4 years, 5 months ago

Eternal victims always make the best whiners.

Kyle Reed 4 years, 5 months ago

Let me get this straight...So you're saying this is all Alf Landon's fault? Damn HIM!!!!

Mike Ford 4 years, 5 months ago

you're right notajayhawk, you people never admit anything, you mock the victims of your partie's actions and act as callous as ever. akreed, Hoover sat around from 1929 to 1931 just like father bush during the gulf war era recession and did nothing. His Kaw Indian sellout counterpart, Charles Curtis, VP of the USA under Hoover sounded like he could've been transplated to 2010, saying that Hoover had the only solution and FDR would make it worse even though Hoover had two years following Black Friday in 1929 to do something and didn't. He was too busy having general McArthur set fire to the shantytown community of World War One veterans in the bonus army looking for their service pensions across the Potomoc River. My point with Landon is that with the exception of Eisenhower, Kassebaum and Sebelius, this state has pretty much always sent firebrand dumblicans to D.C. to reinforce the stupidity of most of the voting constituency in the state of Kansas. After all, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" has always been the problem with kansas.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

So the GOP wants to end unemployment benefits? What the hell is their plan for new economic growth? It's still a GOP secret. Taxpayers know tax breaks don't work or else 17.8 million USA workers would not be UNEMPLOYED. 30 years of Reaganomics and 30 years of Chamber of Commerce economics have proved themselves as wreckanomics. Yes tax breaks are nothing but bogus rhetoric.

A few ideas:

Stimulating the economy will require major steps:

Next: * New source for jobs jobs jobs that cannot be outsourced

  • Demand National Health Insurance - this will save tons of money for 95% of citizens and create 2.6 million jobs

  • Increase expenditures in public education and Vocational Technical Training

  • a significant tax break to the middle class - this increases spending and they pay the bills.

  • NEVER bail out Wall Street Again - That money would be better spent on National Health Insurance or Vocational-Technical education

*Stop the corporate american welfare free lunch program. Local taxpayers get burned : http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

Corporate american free lunch money would be better spent on National Health Insurance,Public Education and Vocational-Technical education

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

1989--President George HW Bush unveils Savings & Loan bailout plan in February at a cost of $1.4 trillion = Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm ==================================================================== What is important to note about the S&L scandal is that it was the largest theft in the history . ===================================================================== 14 Oct 2008 - President George W. Bush unveiled the largest taxpayer funded bail out of American banks since the great depression yesterday, sparking claims that America is now a socialist state like Cuba and North Korea. ( Father Bush did it and Son Bush follows father) August, 1981--Tax Reform Act of 1981 enacted. Provides powerful tax incentives for real-estate investment by individuals. This legislation helps create a "boom" in real estate and contributes to over-building. ((((( Sounds quite familiar to the latest failures of financial institutions))) (((Sounds a whole lot like the economy in Lawrence,Kansas))) ===================== Why do republican administrations follow this pattern? Coincidental? Like Father Like Son?

Kind of makes one wonder what were Brownback,Moran and Tihart doing when their president was turning a blind eye. WHERE were they I ask?

"Often, government plays a role in bubbles. The housing bubble was in part generated by the Federal Reserve maintaining low interest rates. Easy money meant readily obtainable loans and, at least in the short run, low monthly payments.

Also, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the housing bubble’s existence—not fraud exactly, but deception that kept the bubble going. (Greenspan, whose view was ideologically driven, got support in his bubble denial from the academic work of the man who was to be his successor, Ben Bernanke.)

In addition, government regulatory agencies turned a blind eye to the highly risky practices of financial firms, practices that both encouraged the development of the bubble and made the impact all the worse when it burst.

Moreover, the private rating agencies (e.g., Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) were complicit. Dependent on the financial institutions for their fees, they gave excessively good ratings to these risky investments. Perhaps not fraud in the legal sense, but certainly misleading.

And, yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments.

Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities.

So, no, a bubble and a Ponzi scheme are not the same. But they have elements in common. Usually, however, the losers in a Ponzi scheme are simply the direct investors, the schemer’s marks.

A bubble like the housing bubble can wreak havoc on all of us."

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

We know some things.

Republican bank robberies don't work.

Republcan "boom town economics" doesn't work. So why are commissioners still supporting over built economics?

independant1 4 years, 5 months ago

A Will Rogers sandwich -

What constitutes a life well spent, anyway? Love and admiration from your fellow men is all that any one can ask. (Will Rogers)

We must pass the bill so that we can find out what is in it?

I have not aligned myself with any party. Sitting tight waiting for an attractive offer. (Will Rogers)

independant1 4 years, 5 months ago

From what I can gather the bill needs to borrow another $34billion. What I haven't gathered is is there anything else in the bill, riders, earmarks etc.

Looks like a done deal

Democrats have a chance to extend unemployment benefits, now that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has appointed his former aide, Carte Goodwin, to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

But you hate elections, so why look forward to another one?

puddleglum 4 years, 5 months ago

yeah, the great poser.....are you referring to george H. W. bush, or just george W. bush?

kimmydarling 4 years, 5 months ago

hey, just because you're a lazy ass doesn't mean that the rest of the unemployed wouldn't prefer working :P

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

Gee, can you teach me to live my life by overgeneralized fantasies, too?

Liberty275 4 years, 5 months ago

Nobody is against any of the things you mention. What is making working people angry is the seemingly unlimited extensions of unemployment the current administration is willing to give people while others are working their 40 hour weeks to pay for it.

Obama is turning unemployment insurance into pseudo-welfare and trying to use it to buy votes.

He's a scumbag.

kimmydarling 4 years, 5 months ago

But when he catches the only fish available, what happens to the nine other fishermen trying to feed their families?

There aren't enough jobs to go around, 5.5 people try for every one job by estimates. So when that job goes away, you still have 4 unemployed people sitting there hoping for work

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

No, I wouldn't say it is crazy. I'd say it is lazy. Lazy thinking.

George Lippencott 4 years, 5 months ago

Isn’t 99 weeks enough? Perhaps we should be more attentive to who is at the end of their benefits. Paying more and more of what I worked hard to obtain so that music, art and literature majors can be sustained in their quest for that big break is tiring. There are jobs in the fields among others. Go get them - most of the recipients of unemployment are healthy.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Nice take on the unemployed George. Blaming the victims of the recession for losing their jobs. I just never realized that only arts organizations got hit by the economic downturn. Thanks for letting us know.

Never trust anyone who cries for less art in his life.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Actually, it is only a detail from a drawing titled "The Blind Man" made in 1917 by the "Mama of Dada," Beatrice Wood. It was created in relation to a party thrown in celebration of Marcel Duchamp's infamous sculpture "Fountain."

Wood became better known as a ceremist, and lived to be 105. She was James Cameron's inspiration for the character of "Rose" in the movie Titanic. Feel free to read all about this fascinating artist: http://www.beatricewood.com/

The original drawing of the Blind Man was updated for a lithograph in 1994, and is available for $1200. (you will need to scroll to the near the bottom of the page) http://www.beatricewood.com/gift_shop.html

So yes, it is considered art.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

I provided the link. You tell me.

Dumping on someone you know nothing about. Nice life you got there.

kimmydarling 4 years, 5 months ago

some of us lost our benefits after 26 weeks of hard work searching, not 99

meggers 4 years, 5 months ago

A lot of people in Kansas and other states with comparitively low unemployment are clueless to the challenges people are facing in states like Michigan and California.

Even if the GOP and like-minded folks can't justify extending unempoyment benefits solely for humanitarian reasons, you would think that they might at least recognize that unemployment compensation is money that would go directly back into the economy, and that failing to extend the benefits will likely lead to increased home foreclosures, which will only further compound our economic problems.

Johnna Feugate 4 years, 5 months ago

I completely agree. I know more than a handful of people, born and raised in Kansas, that lost their jobs due to downsizing. They have been searching for work, but with no luck. These people need money to survive. They cannot pay their mortgage or bills, let alone buy food. They are losing all that they once had and worked so hard for. The unemployement benefits need extended. Democrat or Republican shouldn't matter, American's should take care of each other.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

So Obama is more popular than all others in politics. Thanks for letting us know Tom.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

Obama is already as dead-center as he can get, although I understand that in the wackosphere, anyone to the left of Attila the Hun is considered a communist.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

More proof that bozo doesn't have the foggiest clue what he's talking about. Ever.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

More proof that jaywalker is really Attila the Hun.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for so quickly proving my point.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

We'll need to see a birth certificate. Otherwise, we'll just have to assume that you are indeed, Attila.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Who's this "we"? Hearin' voices again, bozo?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

It's a conspiracy, dude, and we're all after you, cause anyone who pumps themselves up as much as you do must be really important, right?

Or maybe not.

Never mind.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Bummer. The voices are back. It's gonna be ok, bozo, stick to the meds, man, stick to your regimen and get hold of your sponsor. "They" will not get the better of you, you can beat this.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Now making more claims about people needing medication because they don't agree with you. Another stunning line of argument there jay. I think you should have added something about his reading skills to really drive home you point.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Naw, bozo seems to read and comprehend just fine, unlike yourself, Hall Monitor. Don't you have a bridge somewhere to keep tabs on? Or am I confusing trolls with ogres?

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

No, I don't have a bridge to keep tabs on, although I do enjoy making fun of your self-righteous "you people can't read" and "you need medication" comments. They are usually good for a laugh.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep trollin', bea. Suits ya considering what you normally bring to the table. How many posts you got on this string without a single one commenting on the article? Going for the Hall Monitor record, I 'spect.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

I'd say it is four less than you. Now, call me a "moron," tell me I need my meds, and that I can't read. I know it always makes you feel like a big, big, important man.

Or, follow you own words and actually be done with me. That would be a pleasant change.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

No need since you did it for me. And I HAVE commented on the story and had discussions on it, led it off in fact. But I realize comprehension isn't your strong suit. And I never said I was done with you completely, bea (there's that reading and comprehension bugaboo again!), I was just done with you on that particular string. Go back and TRY and read it again. Or get someone to explain it to you.
Now, unless you wanna grapple with the topic, go Hall Monitor and/or troll someone or someplace else. Showing you for a fool and hypocrite is boring.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm done with you.

Yes, that means only for a moment. Sure it does.

And I too discussed the story, and both you and nota jumped in with the name-calling and childish behavior, many of which have since been removed.

But thanks for going with the name-calling again, you very big, big person.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Again, thank you. And I'm pretty sure the line was "I'm done with you on this string." And since I've had to type it to you several times before since you bore the begeezus out of me so often, one might think you'd grasp the concept. But this is your little porch person tack, I understand.

As to your delusions of commenting on this story and then I "jumped in w/ childish behavior" :

"And here comes beatrice with............ bupkiss July 18, 2010 at 10:08 p.m

That, dear heart, was my first response to YOUR childishness which HAS since been removed, and then :

"Keep it up with the junior high 'sore loser' stuff, bea, you really bolster your "argument" every time with that teenage crappola. Higher degrees my Aunt Fanny."

.... was my response to your ever so childish "Waaaaa cried the sore loser. Waaaaaa" gem.

You made no comments to the article, you were just childish. And now, once again, proven a hypocrite, a liar, and a fool.

Like I said, this is boring 'cuz it's just too easy. Please refrain unless you wanna try out the topic for a refreshing change.

beatrice 4 years, 5 months ago

Quit justifying your poor behavior. Be done with me (on this string) already. And you have proven nothing at all other than your own childishness. (And the fact that you like to call into question the reading skills of others and that if you were a doctor you would prescribe a lot of medication because you feel so many need it.)

Oh, and that you are a very big man.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Sorry you don't like that you were proven false and hypocritical again, bea. I know it's inconvenient.

Mike Ford 4 years, 5 months ago

you know, healthcare_moocher, I was going to ignore your inane rehashed dumblican pillboy chalkboard diagram drawer rant about an underclass but you wanted it you got it. I've had a job 13 years in lawrence, I worked two jobs to keep my healthcare in 2007-2008 under Dumya, and like all dumblicans, tealicans, and other non-thinking fox repetitive drones, you bring up the perpetual underclass milking the government statement. Why don't you bring up the unholy alliance between rural uneducated people and the Big Business Republicans who continuely screw them over by creating situations of deregulation that allow financial darwinism to happen and the little guy gets wiped out anyway and yet these disconnected people stand by the smiling flag waving deceiver and defend him or her even as these people screw the little guys over. I've heard this perpetual underclass bs since Reagan. Oh, that's right, some Kansans don't believe in Darwinism even though they get wiped out all of the time by the big guys. You obviously didn't see my GOP Ponzi scheme reference earlier in this blog. Keep defending these GOP chuckleheads, they're soooooo looking out for you.

jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

You might want to look up the word 'alliance.'

RiverCityConservative 4 years, 5 months ago

You can just barely hear it as a distant rumble, but our voices are increasing in volume and intensity. "Yes we can! Yes we can!" The momentum is growing day by day, and we are going to send those tepid teabaggers and their fawning corrupt Republican cronies back home to keep sitting around and doing nothing but pouting, but after November at least it won't be on the public's dollar. Do nothing Republicans, out! Yes we can Democrats, in! "Yes we can! Yes we can!" hear the cheers echoing from the mountain tops. "Yes we can! Yes we can!"

Jay Keffer 4 years, 5 months ago

If this is sooooooo important to the Democrats, why don't they find a way to fund it by cutting spending in some other area? That is what the GOP is pointing out. Enough of the deficit spending already.

And while we are at it, stop calling it unemployment benefits. Most if not all states are tapped out as far as the fund the states and employers (and employees) pay into. That money is gone. What Obama wants to ‘extend’ is government assistance. Call it what it is.

Unemployment benefits, just like Social Security, was intended to lend a helping hand for a short period of time, not pay a living wage for ANY amount of time. One of the president's own advisors, then in the private sector, wrote in 1999 that extending 'unemployment benefits' actually raises the unemployment rate due to decreased incentive to find replacement work, work that may be at a lower wage then the job lost.

Come on Democrats; find a way to pay for it in this vast budget of pork. Then get your votes in move on.

And one other thing. Obama is going to be re-elected. Unless the GOP can surface a truly viable candidate (good luck with the current cast), he ain't going anywhere. Deal with it.

Jay Keffer 4 years, 5 months ago

Not sure of it by any means, but not as confident as others here. Who would be his most potent rival? Curious as to whom that might be. Just don't think the GOP is 'together' enough as this stage, and they don't appear to have leveraged the TEA Party movement to build a new, cohesive base.

Would be interested in your take on who could beat Obama. Anyone who is not in the limelight that might surface and give him a run for his money?

Jay Keffer 4 years, 5 months ago

Newt has quite the pedigree, but do you think his baggage will limit his chances? Great mind, but not sure if he can overcome the hurdles that he faces.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

Wow, you've earned your Fox Secret Decoder Ring!!! Send in 4 Wheaties BoxTops, along with your favorite Ronnie Rayguns totally fictional anecdote, and the ring is yours!!!!

jimmyjms 4 years, 5 months ago

"Here's a story from Politico, not exactly a right wing website."

What? Do you know anything about Politico? Because it has a marked conservative slant, and is run by a Reagan acolyte.

What are Republicans willing to cut? Sessions, McConnell, and Pence have all been asked directly in the past 48 hours: their answer? "Well, we're not gonna say until we get in there...but those tax cuts, they're staying."

THe GOP has nothing. NOTHING. Oh, wait - you've got Sharon Angle, Sarah Palin, and Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus.

Go ahead. Refudiate me.

Mike Ford 4 years, 5 months ago

have another contract with america, bring the government to a halt, and divorce you wife in a hospital bed... yeah that's the kind of republican hypocrites want... yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

fancy80 4 years, 5 months ago

Republicans have tried to compromise twice on this issue. They asked that the funds to pay for the addtional umemployment benefits be paid out of left over stimulus funds and were told No. They then asked for off-setting cuts to the deficit, citing the Pay-as-you-go law that Pres. Obama signed in Feb. of this year. If you will remember, Pres. Obama said at the time he signed the law, that this was the way that responsible families and business operated, and that the government should do the same. Guess what? The Democrats said no. Gasp!!! Really, the Democrats said no? Gee, I thought that only the Party of No said no.

Clearly, this is just another partisian move by this administration to portray the Republicans as being the bad guys and insinuating that Republicans don't care about American citizens who are out of work and out of money.

It is the same game that both sides play. I just thought that this administration campaigned on being different.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 5 months ago

was laid off over a year ago,sent over 1,000 resumes,finally got a job paying $10.50 an hour (and i applied 6 times) so you say i wasn't looking for a job and just soaking up the unemployment ? loose your job and see how stressful it can be one on my co workers that also was laid of after 1 month took his life so any of you self centered jerks who think it is so easy to find a job well think again and hope you never loose your job.

fancy80 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes vertigo, and you know as well as I do that the reason the republicans voted no was because of the little part in the bill that raised the debt ceiling from 12.4 TRILLION to 14.3 TRILLION. More games, and look...Vertigo wants to play too. You should run for office, you would fit right in...

independant1 4 years, 5 months ago

Waiting for an end to bipartisan bickering in Washington, open government and government that treats people the same regardless of race or ethnicity.

fancy80 4 years, 5 months ago

Indie, I don't say this in a flippant ways towards you, but don't hold your breath. I don't see it ending. The political bs games will continue no matter who is president. Dem, Repubs doesn't really matter. It's too ingrained in the system now. It's how things are done there. The system is broke.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

The system isn't broken at all. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, which is to use government to support the narrow interests of those who pretty much have it all already.

independant1 4 years, 5 months ago

Nor do I my friend. I am certain we'll muddle through in our singular american way. Je suis optimiste.

America is a land of opportunity and don’t ever forget it. (Will Rogers)

Mike Ford 4 years, 5 months ago

healthcare moocher, I work 24 days a month and I haven't missed a day of work in 12 years, so you know where you can go with that assumption. Besides all of you Obama haters have been nothing but noise with no substanative suggestions since day one. What's even funnier or scarier for that matter is the lower taxes and deregulation bs didn't work work for Bedtime with Bonzo and Tokyo throwup so it won't work now. The sad irony is realizng that the very policies called voodoo economics by tokyo throwup running against bedtime for bonzo in 1980 were used by tokyo throwup's son, Super Dumya, in 2003 and 2004. Tax cuts don't work as stated by tokyo throwup. So what's your platform again? Oh, that's right you don't have one.....

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