Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fish or Cut Bait

On the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday, "Senator" Jon Kyl said the following:

So I wrote him these choice words and sent them to him on his Senate website:

Senator Kyl,

Yesterday on the floor of the Senate, you claimed that unemployment and COBRA benefits are a disincentive to work.

You, sir, insulted me personally with those words. I demand an apology.

I moved to Michigan in 2007 for a good paying job. I have never been unemployed in my life. In 2009 I was laid off. I have been searching for work for more than a year. As you may be aware, assuming you can read and you care, the unemployment rate in Michigan in more than 15%. I live in the Detroit area, where the unemployment rate is closer to 50%. For every job there are more than five applicants.

I get $330 a week on unemployment. This is the most that a person on unemployment in Michigan can receive. Fortunately I live with someone who is willing to support me. How in the world could anyone live on $330 a week?? What kind of fool are you to assert otherwise? What have any of you people done to keep and build good jobs in this country?? You sit back while all the good jobs leave the US, then blame those left behind that they can't find work. How pathetic.

You Republicans are treading a thin line. Go right ahead with your plans and foolish talk. If you think the tea party people are upset, go ahead and mess with those on the very bottom. We can go no lower. How about if all of us unemployed losers show up at your office for a little conversation? Maybe then we can impress upon you just how foolish you are.

Or better yet, maybe us unemployed folks will visit your home state and work to see you unemployed.

You are a Senator in name only. As you may be aware, Senator means "old man" or elder, the assumption being that an older man is wise. You are a stupid old man. You will reap the whirlwind if you keep this up.

If this is where the Republicans want to go, there will be consequences. Enough is enough.