Frankly, I'm stunned. First, that a meaningful measure for the long term actually passed the Senate today, allowing the nation's unemployed to continue to receive unemployment and COBRA benefits through the end of 2010. And second, that Republicans didn't find a way to derail the bill, out of simply spite for any Democrat success... Not that they didn't try. The 62-36 vote came over protests from conservatives who say it adds too much to the national debt. Yeah, well, you can bite my debt.
This comes the same day as news that unemployment rose in 30 states in January, with five states reporting a record high during the month (Cali, S.C., Florida, N.C. and Georgia). Overall, in January, national unemployment fell to 9.7% from 10% the previous month. Stats for February—the month that logged a full year since I was laid off from Billboard—will be released next week.