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Jobless Angry at Possibility of No Benefits

If Southern GOP Governors such as Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, Mark Sandford or Texas’s Rick Perry truely think that they can get away with turning down the extended unemployment benefits that are being offer to the States through President Obama’s economic stimulus package, then they may have another thing coming.

It seems as though many people that are unemployed and would benefit most from the money being offer to the States are outraged at the prospect that their governors are will to play petty partisan politics with their well being and they are letting them know about it.
I have been saying all along that the Governors will have to take the stimulus money, they have no choice if they or their legislatures expect to be re-elected.  It is a pocket book issue that effects people now, the unemployed don’t care what it would do to future state budgets. They care about putting food on the table and being able to turn on the lights when it is dark out.
The New York Times has the full story:
As governors in nine states, mostly in the South, consider rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for increased unemployment insurance, there is growing anger among the ranks of the jobless in those states that they could be left out of a significant government benefit.

The stimulus bill recently passed by Congress includes incentives to states to expand benefits to many more jobless people, including part-time workers and those who have cycled in and out of the work force, who are not covered in many states.

The Republican governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, along with Alaska and Idaho, have raised protests, saying that expansion could eventually require them to raise taxes.

On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee became the first Democratic governor to express reservations on the issue.

For people like Henry Kight, 59, of Austin, Tex., the possibility that the money might be turned down is a deeply personal issue.

Mr. Kight, who worked for more than three decades as an engineering technician, discovered in September that because of complex state rules, he was not eligible for unemployment insurance after losing a job at a major electronics manufacturer he had landed at the beginning of the year.

Unable to draw jobless benefits, he and his wife have taken on thousands of dollars in credit-card debt to help make ends meet.

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Bobby Jindal Bombs:Fox Panel’s Verdict On Jindal’s Speech: ‘Childish,’ ‘Amateurish,’ ‘Not Exactly Terrific’

It’s good to see that I was not the only person that thought that Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s  speech in front of a joint session of congress last night bombed.

I was sitting at work last night, listening to it on the radio and couldn’t get over how boring and unimaginative it was. 
Jindal tried to connect with the listener’s/viewer’s by telling hoakie stories about growing up and how the local sheriff responded to the Feds during  the Hurricane Katrina crisis, who didn’t wanted the sheriff to go out in boats to rescue people from the roofs unless they had insurance, by telling them that Congressman Jindal was in the room and that they were going out to rescue people no matter what.
Overall, Jindal didn’t do a very good job at explaining why republicans would do a better job then the President at managing the current economic crisis the nation is facing. 
Think Progress has a very good rundown of the reaction to Jindals comments from the Fox News panelists that puts it all into better perspective, they also point out reactions from NY Times columnist David Brooks and from some in the conservative blogisphere:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) response to President Obama’s speech tonight received a universal thumbs down from the Fox News panelists, who are traditionally conservatives’ most gentle critics:

BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”

NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”

JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”

ThinkProgress has compiled some lowlights of Jindal’s speech, along with the reactions of the Fox panel. Watch it:

On PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks also remarked, “In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say ‘government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,’ it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is.”

Even conservative bloggers are upset with Jindal. Kathryn Jean Lopez writes at the Corner, “E-mails I’m getting are from disappointed conservatives. They wanted a full-throated response to Obama and expected and/or wanted more.” Ramesh Ponnuru called Jindal’s delivery “weak.”


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Bobby Jindal Bombs:Fox Panel’s Verdict On Jindal’s Speech: ‘Childish,’ ‘Amateurish,’ ‘Not Exactly Terrific’

It’s good to see that I was not the only person that thought that Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s  speech in front of a joint session of congress last night bombed.

I was sitting at work last night, listening to it on the radio and couldn’t get over how boring and unimaginative it was. 
Jindal tried to connect with the listener’s/viewer’s by telling hoakie stories about growing up and how the local sheriff responded to the Feds during  the Hurricane Katrina crisis, who didn’t wanted the sheriff to go out in boats to rescue people from the roofs unless they had insurance, by telling them that Congressman Jindal was in the room and that they were going out to rescue people no matter what.
Overall, Jindal didn’t do a very good job at explaining why republicans would do a better job then the President at managing the current economic crisis the nation is facing. 
Think Progress has a very good rundown of the reaction to Jindals comments from the Fox News panelists that puts it all into better perspective, they also point out reactions from NY Times columnist David Brooks and from some in the conservative blogisphere:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) response to President Obama’s speech tonight received a universal thumbs down from the Fox News panelists, who are traditionally conservatives’ most gentle critics:

BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”

NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”

JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”

ThinkProgress has compiled some lowlights of Jindal’s speech, along with the reactions of the Fox panel. Watch it:

On PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks also remarked, “In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say ‘government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,’ it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is.”

Even conservative bloggers are upset with Jindal. Kathryn Jean Lopez writes at the Corner, “E-mails I’m getting are from disappointed conservatives. They wanted a full-throated response to Obama and expected and/or wanted more.” Ramesh Ponnuru called Jindal’s delivery “weak.”


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Schwarzenegger To GOP Governors: Give Me Your Unwanted Stimulus Money

I have to give to the California Governor Arnold, at lest he’s honest enough to admit that he will take California’s share of the President Obama’s economic stimulus package, as well as  any that might be leftover if any of his fellow GOP governors turn down theirs.

Govs. Mark Sandford of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Lousisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi have all made it known that they are thinking and leaning very strongly against taking stimulus monies. I find this very disingenuous and nothing more than grand-standing. 
If the money is available to the States, these governors have to take it. They will have no choice but to take it, their respective state assemblies will make sure that they take it. It is as simple as that.  The states need money to fund all kinds of programs, from unemployment and health benefits to education and transporation projects. They’ll take it. 

   
Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger giddily embraced the idea that more money would be available for California should his GOP colleagues — like Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — refuse stimulus funds.

“Well, Governor Sanford says that he does not want to take the federal stimulus package money. And I’ll say to him, I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger said. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money. I’ll take it, because we in California need it. I think it’s a terrific package. I think if you ask a thousand people for their opinion, what is their ideal stimulus package, you will have a thousand different answers. So everyone’s is a little different. I think he’s done a great job and I think California benefits tremendously from that $80 billion of tax benefits there, for around $35 billion. There are other advantages: $45 billion of money that go to transportation, to education, to health care, all those different areas. There’s even some money that could benefit our revenues or, I should say, our budget itself….” – Huffington Post 

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Schwarzenegger To GOP Governors: Give Me Your Unwanted Stimulus Money

I have to give to the California Governor Arnold, at lest he’s honest enough to admit that he will take California’s share of the President Obama’s economic stimulus package, as well as  any that might be leftover if any of his fellow GOP governors turn down theirs.

Govs. Mark Sandford of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Lousisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi have all made it known that they are thinking and leaning very strongly against taking stimulus monies. I find this very disingenuous and nothing more than grand-standing. 
If the money is available to the States, these governors have to take it. They will have no choice but to take it, their respective state assemblies will make sure that they take it. It is as simple as that.  The states need money to fund all kinds of programs, from unemployment and health benefits to education and transporation projects. They’ll take it. 

   
Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger giddily embraced the idea that more money would be available for California should his GOP colleagues — like Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — refuse stimulus funds.

“Well, Governor Sanford says that he does not want to take the federal stimulus package money. And I’ll say to him, I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger said. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money. I’ll take it, because we in California need it. I think it’s a terrific package. I think if you ask a thousand people for their opinion, what is their ideal stimulus package, you will have a thousand different answers. So everyone’s is a little different. I think he’s done a great job and I think California benefits tremendously from that $80 billion of tax benefits there, for around $35 billion. There are other advantages: $45 billion of money that go to transportation, to education, to health care, all those different areas. There’s even some money that could benefit our revenues or, I should say, our budget itself….” – Huffington Post 

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