Orlando Congressman Alan Grayson made
some more headlines on cable TV Wednesday night, telling former Vice
President Dick Cheney to "STFU."
an internet acronym used for "shut the f--- up." Grayson was responding
to Cheney's criticism of President Obama's patriotism on MSNBC's
"Hardball with Chris Matthews." (Watch video below)
Grayson also took aim at former President Bush after the subject of President Obama's bow to the emperor of Japan came up.
remember Bush Jr. kissing (Saudi) Prince Abdullah on the cheek and then
holding his hand for an extended period of time," Grayson said. "Maybe
if he had let him get to second base then gas would only be a dollar a
Andy Sere from the National Republican Congressional
Committee quickly responded. "The foul mouthed man-child from Orlando
is at it again, taking to the airwaves to bring shame to struggling
Central Florida families who want jobs, not nut-jobs. But speaking of
bases, Alan Grayson's constituents surely find themselves wishing his
parents had never gotten past first."
How can they extend the benefits when they have no money? Eventually these people getting unemployment are going to have to get off their ass and take a job that they may think is "beneath them".Getting unemployment for 99 weeks is MORE than enough time to find a job, even if it's a crappy job at Walmart. Enough is enough.
Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, it just seems to me that 2 years is a very long time and should be a sufficient time to find employment. Or am I out of line?
(12-08) 16:28 PST --
Nearly 600,000 jobless Californians could run out of unemployment
benefits by April unless Congress extends a series of special
assistance measures that expire at the end of December, says the
National Employment Law Project.
The 65 percent federal subsidy for Cobra benefits will also expire
at year's end, said the Law Project and allied groups at a press
conference Monday in Washington.
Law Project chief Christine Owens said that nearly half of those now
enrolled in the health insurance program could lose coverage unless the
Cobra subsidy is reauthorized and extended.
Unemployment benefits normally last a maximum of 26 weeks and
laid-off workers typically pay for continuing their old
employment-based health insurance under Cobra.
But under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the Obama
stimulus plan, Congress allocated $40 billion to make unemployment
benefits available for up to 79 weeks, and another $25 billion to
Lawmakers recently added up to 20 weeks of unemployment checks, for a total of 99 weeks of benefits in California.
But those provisions expire at the end of December, and the groups
holding Monday's press conference said that by the end of March, about
3 million Americans are projected to exhaust their benefits as the
unemployment coverage maximum reverts to 26 weeks.
Making 99 weeks of unemployment benefits available throughout 2010
would cost about $85 billion, and extending the Cobra subsidy could be
another $25 billion decision, said a Capitol Hill source.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to extend both
programs before the end of the year. New bills H.R. 4183 and S. 2381
would address jobless benefits.