Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Without Compassion

Exactly why did the people of Kentucky vote for Jim Bunning???? With his ongoing objection and halt of bills in the Senate, Jim Bunning has revealed himself as a real idiot (I've thought of other words, but I'm trying to keep this PG). Bunning is holding up the extension of unemployment benefits for for millions of Americans. Bunning's behavior has cemented the opinion of Americans that Bunning and the Republicans don't care about average people, the unemployed, and government workers who have been furloughed because they have no funding.

Even more bizarre is Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-Republican) and his comments about the unemployed.
Raw Story:

....Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) declared that unemployment benefits are bad for the economy because they encourage people to stay jobless.

"People are being paid even though they're not working," Kyl said.

Unemployment insurance "doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work," Kyl posited. The Republican Senate Whip was effectively coming to the political defense of fellow Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who has blocked the extension of unemployment benefits and caused the furlough of more than 2,000 federal workers for two consecutive days.....

Obviously, Kyl's cold comment shows that he doesn't care that those unemployment benefits also feed and help provide shelter for families. Do you think that Kyl could survive on unemployment benefits? Wouldn't that make a great reality show?

Time and time again, the Republicans demonstrate their disdain for regular people, especially those caught in unemployment lines, dealing with illness without health insurance, and coping with challenges. Shame on Bunning and Kyl for not showing compassion for their fellow Americans.

By the way, the Huffington Post has Jon Stewart's take on Bunning.