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Friday, March 22, 2019

After Republicans killed another attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate to call out her colleagues for breaking the commitment America has made to those who are struggling.

The senator pointed out that Republicans helped George W. Bush extend unemployment benefits five times, before specifically calling attention to the rhetoric of two prominent Republicans.

“One Republican senator recently said that emergency unemployment insurance does a ‘disservice’ to people because it causes them to ‘become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,'” she said, clearly referencing comments from her colleague, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

Then she took on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Last year’s Republican vice-presidential nominee, Congressman Ryan, said that federal safety net programs like unemployment insurance are ‘like a hammock which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.'”

Warren called this kind of rhetoric an “insult” and used a anecdote from a constituent to substantiate her point.

This is an insult to hard-working people across this country, people who are doing their best and can’t find a job. This is an insult to people like Terry, a 41-year-old resident of Gardener, Massachusetts, who lost her job last year. Here’s what she wrote to me after Congress let the unemployment insurance program expire. “My employer suddenly let me go and I found myself unemployed for the first time since my very first part-time job at 15. I have been diligently looking for work, applying everywhere, but I haven’t had any job offers.” She writes that unemployment insurance is “all we have. I’m already on the brink of losing my home, we’re struggling to hang on to what very little we have. I know I am one of 1.3 million faces, but I’m a face from near your home. I’m a face that never thought I’d be in this situation. I’m a face that needs the help of my government services that I have paid into for many, many years. I’m a face that has done everything I am supposed to do but I feel like I have fallen aside and no one sees me. I’m not an abuser of the system. I’m someone who really needs my government to be there for me now. Please see me.”

Bush not only passed an extension when the unemployment rate was 6.0 percent, .6 percent lower than the current rate, he also signed a $152 billion stimulus when the rate was 4.8 percent.

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98 responses to “WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Rand Paul And Paul Ryan’s Insults To The Unemployed”

  1. daniel bostdorf says:

    Rand Paul is a very easy target for Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Rand is the exact loathsome politician that will not get past Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “righteous indignation” at and level….I can hardly wait for her to hit the campaign trail with Hillary…

    • Mark Forsyth says:

      Really dan,you ought to stop harping on the Clinton thing unless you are longing for a furtherance of the status quo.The qualities that Warren displays are not only what makes her attractive but they put her leagues above Clinton in regard to both her abilities as well as her objectives.Clinton will never be on the same page as Warren and she has too much vested interest to go after the people that Senator Warren is confronting.
      As I remember,it was a mere few weeks ago that you told me that Warren was engaged in much too important work to leave it for a run at the Whitehouse.Democrats need to find a more vibrant and energetic candidate,one who is clearly a peoples champion,even if they must search outside the confines of the party.You will be sorry if you put much faith in Clinton.As presidential material,she is as old and tired and uninteresting as yesterdays leftover oatmeal.We need someone with new ideas,not a bunch of old baggage.Clintons whole persona is sagging and her face and eyes show it.Even Petreus would make a better candidate,and I am no great fan of General Presidents.

      • daniel bostdorf says:

        Jason posts an important article and video. It is important to watch the video above….because the article is dead
        on when it describes Warren’s calling out Rand Paul and Paul Ryan:

        “After Republicans killed another attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate to call out her colleagues for breaking the commitment America has made to those who are
        struggling.”

        My comment only deals with Rand Paul and Paul Ryan being an easy target for Warren? here it is again—only a sentence easily understood: “Rand Paul is a very easy target for Senator Elizabeth Warren. Rand is the exact loathsome politician that will not get past Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “righteous indignation” at any level.”

        After that, When I say that I am looking forward to Warren being on the campaign trail, I mean that Warren will be out stumping for her, not being any VP or official candidate….so if I confused you–my apology, however,
        my point was rather clear.

        “…harping on the Clinton thing…” ??

        Where am I harping?? The definition of “harping” is : To rag on. To make fun of. To get on someones case.
        Hardly my intent with Hillary.

        As far as your off topic anti-Hillary attitude…..which I hesitate to adress because it is off topic….that is Ok with me. And I agree with you when you state:
        “Clinton will never be on the same page as Warren. ”

        Because Hillary Clinton is miles above Warren when it comes to the specific leadership qualities needed to effectively run the USA. You are right Warren is not on the same page as Hillary….it is best she gets some experience as a senator first, get knock around by the GOP for 8 years, and maybe get cabinet level position in Hillary’s administration. Then she maybe on the same page as Hillary.

        Petraeus as President. Possible once, but not now. I see him in Hillary’s administration in NSA or some national security advisory post. She did this back in 2008 getting advice and council from Petraeus.”

        So back to the article topic:
        “Rand Paul is a very easy target for Senator Elizabeth Warren. Rand is the exact loathsome politician that will not get past Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “righteous indignation” at any level.”

      • jmprint says:

        Don’t underestimate the power of these two women together.
        Two great minds can lead us into a more prosperous world.

        • Mark Forsyth says:

          I don’t.I think Elizabeth Warren is great and I admire her for the work she is doing.I have not trusted Hillary since she and Bill first entered the Whitehouse.My gut tells me to stay away from that one.I won’t say that the Obama administration is an abject failure but I and others have voted for him twice only to have him give ground rather than stand his ground and protect the entire Social Safety Net,and sell us down the river.He also has betrayed those of us with changing climate concerns with his ‘All the Above”energy plan, his encouragement of natural gas development ie: hydro-fracking,and his refusal to permanently close the door on projects like the Pebble Mine and the KXL tar sands pipeline.
          I do not expect any better performance from Clinton,if and when she becomes President.If I am wrong I will be pleasantly surprised.I plan to support Joe Biden if he declares his candidacy.

          • 788eddie says:

            I heard Hillary Clinton speak at a high school during after Bill left office. She took many hard questions from students and adults who attended. As a father and a teacher, she said many things that I felt reflect the qualities I want in a President.

            And I’m a registered Republican.

          • Paul Bass says:

            The most viable GOP 2016 candidate is Jeb Bush. Given the choice of the roaring ’90’s under Clinton, or War, Debt, and Gloom under Bush, who do you think Americans will choose?

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            I think that far too many people assume that Bills success transfers to Hillary and that they will support whomever the media tells them to.

          • Elliot J. Stamler says:

            We in NY know Hillary-she was our senator-she did a terrific job and was reelected in a landslide. Stop carping. Sure we have plenty of fine Democrats but she realistically has the best chance to keep the FASCISTS out of the White House..and that is what the conservative slime now are…FASCISTS! Do you want Pres. Rubio-or Cruz-or Huckabee-or Perry-or Santorum (he is not a fascist-he is an American NAZI)? Those people will destroy democracy itself. We must nominate the strongest possible candidate to oppose whichever creature the party of evil comes up with. The future of our nation and our people and our very constitution depend on it.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            I’ve lived in New York State since August of ’96.You like Clinton,goody for you.I don’t.That is my privilege and I don’t need to justify it to anyone.I have been pounding the message home about the fucking fascists on this page for the past two years,so don’t preach to the choir.You think Clinton is the best candidate.That is your privilege.I will not give up my right to disagree.As I have said before,if Clinton gets elected and proves to be a good President I will be no less happy about it than you or anyone else,but I will not support her candidacy.

          • Elliot J. Stamler says:

            You sure have a lot of anger and hostility pent up, Mark. Who said you should “give up” your right to disagree? My comment about “stop carping” is a reference to the nature of your comment and not to your right to it. And snidely writing “goody for you” is immature and silly.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            Go stuff yourself.You’re just pissed because someone disagrees with you.Your opinion of me has no more significance than a pimple on a fleas ass.You wouldn’t know a carp if it jumped off the page and smacked you in the face.I stated fact.

          • Elliot J. Stamler says:

            You are two things: an arrogant schmuck and a mentally disordered neurotic with a major personaltiy disorder.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            There are thousands of people who disagree with you and you may now feel free to go fuck yourself!

  2. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh says:

    Warren was right. Anytime Dubya asked for anything, Republicans slathered at the bit to get it passed for him, and don’t worry how to fund it! Were they afraid of the wrath of Karl Rove, or were they afraid that VP Cheney would advise them to perform an anatomically impossible act?

  3. ram1020 says:

    Why does she make the issue individual people? With the unemployment rate dropping, and those that left jobs that they only kept for insurance, this should be much less of a real issue than just making populist hay. Why not agree on a dollar figure, which is their job, rather than trying to pull on heartstrings and promoting hate?

    • stcroixcarp says:

      If you listen to Sen. Warren, she does use facts and statistics. She does use the numbers. Anecdotes illustrate the statistics. I am unimpressed with numbers, but when I hear my neighbor’s story I realize just how much any action by government or the private sector affects real people and my community. There are always living faces behind the numbers and facts. By pulling the heartstrings she is not trying to stir up hate byt compassion for our fellow citizens.

      • ram1020 says:

        I agree. I hear “compassion” vs. “disincentive to work”, but the reality is that the government is prepared to spend a certain amount on unemployment benefits. With lower unemployment, and people able to leave the work force, maybe that certain amount can cover longer periods of time. Platitudes and emotion lead to extremes. Are we saying we should spend without restraint because of compassion? I don’t think so. Are they saying we should spend nothing? I’m pretty sure they aren’t. They should negotiate numbers, and then people like Bill Boltz could make a constructive comment about whether that amount is sufficient/excessive/just right, rather than being happy make a meaningless snide comment. All this incivility on both sides is at the expense of finding workable answers.

        • daniel bostdorf says:

          “thank you for your point of view” again…

        • 1standlastword says:

          And what about the obstruction around raising the minimum wage to a living wage?!

          If you don’t see how that arouses anger in everybody that is not one of them then you’ve got a wiring problem…a short circuit somewhere!

          • ram1020 says:

            Thank you for your need to comment on my wiring. Again, don’t get angry. What jobs should be career jobs? Flipping burgers? What is a “living wage”? I agree that the minimum wage should be increased, but I don’t know what level is workable so that it really increases the buying power of those workers. If it goes up too high, a lot of us will either need a raise, or accept doing a lot more than burger flipping for not much more money. If we get the raise, everything will cost more. What about GOOD jobs? Do you know GM sells more cars in China than the US, and the cars sold in China are made there? The reason is that the Chinese tariff on US made cars is so high, it makes them unaffordable in China. Maybe if we work to negotiate that tariff lower, we can leave burger flipping to teenagers saving for their first car, and have Americans get living wage jobs making cars for the Chinese to drive? Those kind of jobs would last longer than building a pipeline, and wouldn’t tend to raise prices on everything.

          • jmprint says:

            SO how do you gauge how hard a person works! A person flipping hamburgers and standing on their feet for 8 hours regardless of age is hard work. Harder then reading green eggs and ham at a podium, don’t you think.

          • ram1020 says:

            Sure jmprint, lets forget about level of responsibility or adding value. Using your “logic”, he should make more than Obama, after all what is being the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD worth if he doesn’t have to stand for 8 hours. Maybe they should make as much as a nurse who does the same long hours on her feet? What difference does it make if she/he is responsible for someone’s LIFE. And then there’s the obligatory swipe at a person. Just proves my point about how uncivil attitudes can cloud thinking.

          • jmprint says:

            You said: Just proves my point about how uncivil attitudes can cloud thinking.

            Maybe you should think before you come to this site to infringe your useless thought.

    • Bill Boltz says:

      Did you just awake from a deep sleep?

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      “thank you for your point of view”

  4. Bill Boltz says:

    Paul Ryan is the most shining gem of hypocracy on the government payroll. I’m embarrassed to live in a state that borders this hypocritical piece of shit! All these insulting shitheads have a very warm place in Hell waiting for them. Is your belly full Rand Paul and Paul Ryan???

    • Mark Forsyth says:

      I think they are full enough so that their eyes are fairly brown by now.

      • Bill Boltz says:

        Yes sir! I wonder…has Paul Ryan held any meaningful job that didn’t pay him from taxpayers hard work. has he always been sucking from the government tit?

        • daniel bostdorf says:

          I am hopeful Warren will call out Ryan on this as well…

        • Mark Forsyth says:

          Funny you should ask.That is a charge the other side often levels at Obama. I haven’t researched Ryan too much.His bullshit keeps me pretty well occupied.

          • Bill Boltz says:

            I believe that (bullshit keeps you occupied). I wouldn’t mind really if he never worked a regular job outside of politics, but his hypocritical and insulting comments regarding unemployment benefits are an outrage. The prick needs a street-worthy attitude adjustment.

          • dana becker says:

            Rght on. They “worked” all of 9 days a month last year and are planning to “work” even less days this year. They have a lot of nerve to talk about every one else being lazy takers. But then Republicans sure know how to project. They have perfected it.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            I agree Bill.I just wish that the two of us were the ones who give it to him.

          • Bill Boltz says:

            Oh what a lovely idea…..I’m sure we’d have to stand in line behind the unemployed in Wisconsin.

        • mikem42 says:

          Do you mean he is a “taker”? Aren’t they all? They deny unemployment benefits, then leave for corporate or government paid trips. Hypocrisy is their name.

          • 1standlastword says:

            Oh and that is not the whole of it. They deny the extension of emergence unemployment insurance and demand people work for less than a living wage when they refuse to raise the minimum wage !!! WTF!!!!!

          • mikem42 says:

            WTF indeed!!

          • 1standlastword says:

            And the POTUS is acting imperial when he threatens to use his “pen” to legally give hardworking families a boost.

            If only I had the power of a divine and benevolent deity in my little finger I’d show them my imperial ASS

        • 1standlastword says:

          Here here…. I feel a quiet and burning RAGE whenever I hear these republican tea party charlatans talk about government as too big when all they really want is membership in the Permanent Political Class so that they can retire and cash in with life time benefits and permanent access to wealth that they extract from the honest hard workers that is the middle class

          The Hammock punk Ryan sleeps in is feathered with tax payer money

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      And Warren expertly “calls out” these facists and their thinking. Video was awesome.

  5. jakenhyde says:

    Warren has more balls than Paul, Ryan, Boehner, and McConnell put together.

  6. JJSchwartz says:

    Senator Elizabeth Warren is one of the exceedingly few politicians which I really, truly believe gives a damn. Most are fairly useless talking heads and Republicans are worse. By far. They’re nasty, uncaring lousy excuses of elected officials who are to care for the disadvantaged among us that should be shamed at every opportunity that the editorial media has. (Note that I said ‘editorial.’) I’d would like to see the media, if they have the heart of investigative reporters of the past, do diligent investigative reporting on those Republicans that are so self righteous that they condemn the less fortunate among us to lives of misery. Shame on those poor examples of ‘humanity.’

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      Dead on observation….great post. Warren is one of only a handful of Democrats that can stand up to Rand Paul/Paul Ryan and the othe facists and make sure the American people are exposed to the GOP/Teaparty delusions.

    • dana becker says:

      Bernard Sanders also cares. Google him and his attacks on the Kochs.

    • jmprint says:

      YEP! A waste of walking human flesh, sucking on our air and tax dollars.

    • gobnait says:

      I’m sure you felt that way about Obama a few years back and look what that got you.

      • JJSchwartz says:

        I’m open to ALL fair investigative reporting no matter who or what party is in office. What this nation needs is a bit of ‘we’re all in the same boat’ kind of attitude which is currently in limited supply.

      • JSquercia says:

        Certainly better than the alternatives McCain showed his colors when he nominated Palin .He put an IDIOT just a heart beat from the Presidency .
        Romney’s TRUE character was reveled by that tapeth at he didn’t think anyone would see . A clear member of the 1% without an OUNCE of compassion

        • Elliot J. Stamler says:

          A very trenchant comment. Whatever small respect I still retained for Sen. McCain ended on his selection of that obscure boob from an igloo. He gave no thought at all to what would happen to the nation were he elected and died (an elderly man in so-so health) and and she succeeded as president and chief executive of the federal government. For me that ended all credit I was willing to extend to him for his youthful courage as an airman in the Vietnam War.

  7. Bob Williams says:

    Hmmm? Elizabeth Warren is an American Indian, don’t you know. Or so she says. Apparently she thought that watching Tonto on TV made her an honorary Indian. Falsehoods like these seem to permeate the Democratic Party. Do you remember “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”? How about “That attack on Benghazi was the result of a video!”. The latest program to feed the fraudsters seems to be Unemployment Insurance. It started out being a maximum of 26 weeks, but now it runs for years and years. Why work when you can sit on your rear end and get the gubment to mail you a check? The “tax takers” are rapidly outnumbering the “tax payers”. Remember folks – there is only so much money.

    • Katherine says:

      She is part American Indian, to my knowledge, I was able to keep my Dr., because I did not have a worthless policy, which I paid for as I was self-employed. I continue to have health insurance, only better now, so I am happy with my choices so far. The gov. tends to say things, that they might should investigate before acting, but that is a hard lesson to learn (Iraq War) As far as welfare, I believe we should start with the poor and repeal Corporate Welfare, many of the corporations that receive benefits have record profits, how is this free enterprise, I ask? Let’s not walk on the less fortunate and extend a helping hand to the Corporations, who obviously continue to just want more.

      • daniel bostdorf says:

        “thank you for your point of view” as well…

      • Bob Williams says:

        Well, Katherine, I just happen to be the sexiest man alive, to my knowledge. I suspect that only you and I actually believe that, and I’m not too sure about you. As far as Elizabeth Warren being part Indian, this has been investigated and as far as I know, she has been unable to produce even a “smidgen” of evidence to substantiate this claim. Perhaps you have that evidence. Until I see that evidence, I am calling “bullcrap!” on Ms. Warren.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      “thank you for your point of view”…..

    • 1standlastword says:

      Go back into your cave Lazarus!

    • jmprint says:

      How about you stop parroting old lies.

      • Bob Williams says:

        The New England genealogical society clarified in a statement that it has found no proof of Warren’s self-proclaimed Native American lineage. The group also told The Boston Globe that the candidate’s family is
        not listed in an early-20th century census of major tribes, known as the Dawes Rolls.

        An article in Atlantic magazine pointed out that Warren “would not be eligible to become a member of any of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes based on the evidence so far surfaced by independent genealogists about her ancestry.” That’s because her Cherokee ancestors, if she has any, would either be too distant or they never documented their ties in ways that meet the tribes’ requirements.
        From the Washington Post Fact Checker.

  8. Helen North Ga Mountains says:

    We need real employment growth like we saw under Clinton and Bush and a Republican Congress. Obama doesn’t understand that like the two previous presidents did.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      “thank you for your point of view”.

    • jmprint says:

      He understand it very well, it’s the Tea party that blocks the future going forward.

      • Helen North Ga Mountains says:

        The Tea Party only accounts for a third of the GOP caucus in the House. Obama should have been able to whip them after five years in office. Clinton was able to work with Gingrich and Lott and Bush was able to work with Pelosi and Reid in order to pass TARP and GM bailout. So c’mon Obama what is the deal already?

        • jmprint says:

          The GOP; 160 votes against raising the debt ceiling, it passed yeh! That’s because 28 seneible republicans crossed over to vote with democrats. Until we have more of this, nothing will get accomplished, because of the GOP obstructionist! Did you notice Clinton isn’t black.

          • daniel bostdorf says:

            Yep—it is all about the “black guy” in the people’s “white house.”

          • Helen North Ga Mountains says:

            It’s not about race. Whatever. Whoever voted to raise the debt ceiling did the right thing. Obama campaigned on post partisanship and post racialism.

  9. patrick g van meter says:

    The speech was right on. You don’t have to pay a lot of attention to know what the Republicans are all about. If you want some changes for the good, I suggest you pay more attention to the Dems. As long as the Dems. continue their support for Hillary, nothing will change. Warren is the only hope. I don’t care about the VP as long as Warren gets to make that choice,.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      “As long as the Dems. continue their support for Hillary, nothing will change.”

      What do you base this on and what does it have to do with te video posted above?

      • patrick g van meter says:

        I answered your question in my comment. Nothing will change because Hillary is more of the same. #2 I said the speech was right on. That means I thought it was on point and true. My opinion is based on my observation that neither of the two parties that run the US will change anything and that at least Warren is not afraid to try. That said, actions speak louder than words.

  10. dana becker says:

    Everything she said was true. Too bad no one is listening.

  11. Fingerlakes54 says:

    Extended unemployment benefits are supposed to be a wake up call to government that the economy must be stimulated in order to get the private sector to do some hiring. There is plenty to do–infrastructure like rebuilding bridges and roads requires steel–thats a private sector thing making steel. That is just one example. To insult working folks because they cannot find work is not a failure on their part–it is a failure of a government to let private interests stuff money in the attic while to economy implodes. Either private sector money gets things going or future extended unemployment benefits should be funded directly from money that is stagnet in corporate treasuries in the form of “unused income ” and be taxed at a very high rate. Tax incentives could be created for companies that use their stash to put folks to work within 90 days.

  12. 4sanity4all says:

    I cannot understand how Republicans can be there when Elizabeth Warren is giving her very well researched speeches, and not agree with her about struggling Americans. Are they so beholden to their money guys that they will sell out their constituents without a thought about the fairness of helping people who worked and paid taxes their entire life, but are now facing a punishing job market? What is inside their chest where their heart is supposed to be?

  13. howa4x says:

    Republicans are not the party of the middle class any more. They have become the party of Wall St profits, the health insurance company profits, the defense industry profits, agra business profits, big Pharma profits, oil company profits, banking industry profits, fast food industry profits, and the retail giants profits, and any other industry that puts profits over people. They care nothing about struggling families and only want them to take subsistence wage jobs so they can be swept out of the public eye. Any middle class person who votes for them is casting a vote against their own families interests and their children’s future.

  14. criterionstalker says:

    Warren is dead on correct and again the GOP prove they’re nothing but anti-American traitors.

  15. Angel Perea says:

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Senator Warren, understands and tells it like it really for many Middle Class Americans who have been affected by republican economic policies during the Bush years! The reckless, stupidity and hypocrisycontinues by Paul Rand and Cruz, the foreign born jerk that is only American because his mother happens to be USA citizen. These right
    wing Clowns has no concept of the values and cultural traditions of United
    States America. We are tired of these self serving political prostitutes.

  16. unsean says:

    To even be considered as a Republican these days means that you have to display utter contempt for anyone who has less than you do.

    To be a Tea Party supporter means that you also have to be display utter contempt for anyone who has less than you do, with the difference being that you yourself aren’t doing any better.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      In think Senator Warren did a great job in her video calling out Rand Paul…..what do you think of the video? What is your favorite part?

      • unsean says:

        I think it was all pretty spectacular. Just the idea that a politician actually seems to represent the average person instead of the well-to-do and corporations is liberating!

  17. Elliot J. Stamler says:

    There are many adjectives to aptly describe conservative Republicans and one the most apt is; CRUEL.

  18. 1olderbutwiser1 says:

    Reality has yet to dawn for working people. At one time, and only for a short span of time, it was possible to be a worker for one company for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people did not see the writing on the wall. Those days are gone, and will never return. To survive today requires greater knowledge and willingness to work than ever before, lest you will fall back as time marches on. No longer can anyone simply be complacent and quit learning. Leisure-oriented lifestyles are a thing of the past. Middle class people who are today enhancing their capabilities are the only ones who will be able to maintain their status quo. Most of the others will become beneficiaries of the entitlement system. I do not know of any employee anywhere who is not replaceable.

  19. BillSamuel says:

    Democrat criticizes Republicans. This is news?

  20. John says:

    LOL at this Communist!

    Senator Warren is banned from entering Singapore due to their law against anyone promoting Communism. Enjoy electing someone who has ties to the US Communist Party.

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