And the Democrats are forcing Bunning to launch a real filibuster. About time. Show the American people what selfish, uncaring extremists the Republicans really are.
Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) late Thursday launched a one-man crusade to block an extension of unemployment and COBRA insurance benefits, vowing to allow the benefit programs to expire Sunday unless Democrats agreed to pay for them with unused stimulus funds.
Bunning’s quixotic pursuit of deficit offsets at the potential expense of payments to unemployed or uninsured citizens enraged Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other Democrats, who vowed to keep the chamber in session until Bunning relents or collapses.
A senior Democratic leadership aide said Durbin would ask for unanimous consent to pass the extensions without Bunning’s payment scheme every half hour for the foreseeable future. “We’re going to keep doing it until we break him,” the aide said.
Did you get that? This idiot wants us to use the stimulus funds that haven’t yet been spent, but are about to be spent. By CBO’s estimate, up to 3.5 million jobs are depending on the stimulus for their existence this coming year. This moron wants to wipe that out. The economy isn’t out of trouble yet. A lot of economist worry that the economy may contract again the fall. Taking back the remaining stimulus funds while the economy is still teetering, i.e., decreasing demand, is insane. I hope the Democrats are pointing this out, in addition to the inhumanity of taking away people’s unemployment benefits. We cannot let the GOP propose economically dangerous, but populist, solutions and let them get away with it.