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Sen. Bunning uses filibuster for wrong — taking away unemployment benefits

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It is sad when you are unemployed and you are at the mercy of politicians to get your unemployed benefits.

Throughout the time George W. Bush lived in the White House, those who struggled to find a job didn’t find much mercy when the Republicans were in charge.

Now that the Democratic Party is in charge, there is a lot more sympathy for those who are out of work.

But thanks to the Senate’ archaic rules, any Senator can stop anything for any reason, or no reason. Thanks to a filibuster by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), hundreds of thousands of people lost their unemployment benefits.

You might argue that they might get them back — eventually. And you could argue that things might ultimately work out.

However, there is an unspoken contract between politicians and citizens, almost in a Hippocratic oath — first, do not harm. Whatever Bunning’s intentions, questionable at best, didn’t justify this behavior.

When you are unemployed, you already have a stressful life, especially when it comes to money. The idea that a politician, especially one the likes of Sen. Bunning, has that much power to do wrong, is anti-democratic.


Written by democracysoup

March 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

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  1. Did you know that Jim Bunning, on his website, states that he is an active member of a Christian church? Anyway… I just posted what I did to start applying pressure to this jerk from all ends. Don’t know if it will work but if you can help out, that would be great! Here’s the direct link to my blog post:

    Thanks so much!



    March 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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