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Jim Bunning (R-KY) is FREAKING rich.  He is a multi-millionaire.  He made millions in baseball, as a shady politician, and through a corrupt "Charity" he runs where he is the biggest recipient of the funds it receives.  And he takes care of his multi-millionaire buddies.  He never met a tax cut for the superwealthy, big oil, and big polluters that he didn’t like.  Reecently, the SOB voted NO on restoring the pre-2001 tax rate for people earning over $1 million a year, adding hundreds of billions to our stretched deficit... helping those who need it the least.  

Funny.  No crowing about how we should be paying for that...

But 1.1 million people aren’t rich.  So he literally said the words, "Tough shit", right on the House floor when it was brought to his attention that his lone obstruction will cause those people to lose their unemployment benefits.  Not to mention the health insurance COBRA, highway funding, medicare doctor paments, and flood insurance that are a part of the bill.  (Side note, Department of Transportation will have to basically shut down and its employees furloughed).

So here's the deal.  A family of four may get 227 bucks a week to survive.  Real food, rent, and medicine.  Jim says tough.

Reid even promised Bunning he'd bring up his amendment for a vote. Not good enough.  Bunning said he "knew it would not get the amount of votes necessary to pay for it."

But that wasn’t the worst of it.  The fact that people will soon quite literally be thrown out on the streets, or not be able to pay for groceries, or not get the measly crumbs enough to get by just to survive for another week....this was all met with the Bunning whining.  

He actually had the gall to complain about missing the "Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9, and it was the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina this year."

Un.  FUCKING..believable.

If there ever was a "Come to Jesus" moment for America on what the GOP thinks about regular Americans, this is it. They are fighting tooth and nail AGAINST millions of Americans from getting health care, have fought tooth and nail FOR deficit sucking tax giveaways to the richest of the rich, and now are sitting by the sidelines or even tacitly encouraging this.
The tea partiers and conservatives regard Bunning as a hero.

Redstate is angry that more Senators aren’t joining Bunning.  

Conservative talk radio is hailing him a hero.  And the right-wing blogs give the standard fare:

its about time someone stood up to these reckless fools, i barley make enough to pay my bills but i still choose to work instead. Mr. Bunning thank you, your a good man.

Get off your ASS and find a Job!! There are Jobs out there, so find one...I tried of paying for these dead beats! The economy is no where near as bad as the media makes it out to be. I own my own IT consulting business and I'm so busy I had to hire 6 new people!!

Good job!!!! Get back to work. Pay for your own health insurance. Quite crying you leeches.

make all the illegals who have took all the jobs pay taxes and raise taxes on all imports, problem solved

These are the thoughts of those who support the GOP agenda, and the thoughts of those conservatives in Congress right now..who can’t just come out and say it.  But that is why they are silent about this.  They agree with Bunning, they just don’t want to come out and say it.  But actions speak louder than words.  Bottom line: the deficit only matters when it concerns helping regular Americans.   Not their wealthy brethren.

Democrats in Washington.  I implore you...START SCREAMING ABOUT THIS!  Fan out to the talk shows you love to visit and demand answers from the GOP.  Invite Bunning and that idiot Bob Corker why they think the suffering are just a bunch of lazy bums.  EVERY single time they pretend to speak for Americans and say they don’t want health care... remind them that according to them they didn’t want unemployment help either.  MAKE them stand up for this!

This is true conservatism on display.  It’s out there for every single American to see in all of it’s aristocratic ugliness.  And if the Democrats can’t or won’t even make an issue out of this...if they are unable and unwilling to stop allowing the GOP to claim they are the party speaking for "ordinary" Americans AFTER THIS...then what hope do we have to claim the high ground on ANY issue facing us today?  How do we expect to win elections in 2010?

Furthermore, IF we can’t use this to argue that the GOP is hell-bent on obstruction, that the government is broken and we need to break this ridiculous cycle to move our agenda forward, then we never will.

That is why Bunning matters.  

Originally posted to SemDem on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 07:53 PM PST.



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Comment Preferences

  •  The question is, how do we use it? (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, nonnie9999, SemDem

    Somehow, even though repubs do this kind of stuff all the time, they seem to get away with it.  How do we sell the meme that they lie, cheat and steal and screw the little guy and it's not by accident.  It's true, it's obvious, but our side seems afraid to say it.

    We need a friendly corporation to say it with unlimited funds.  

  •  i think he's insane (7+ / 0-)

    seriously, he's got more than a few screws loose.  even chinless mcconnell and giant head john cornyn hate his guts. they told him last year not to run for reelection, and he was going to sue them.

    larger version

    if he's not insane, then he's just an evil sonuvabitch, like his buddy shelby...

    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:03:08 PM PST

  •  Quitcher bitchin (1+ / 0-)
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    Bunning's balls are in big demand. They fly into the doors of K Street firms.

  •  I thought that (2+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, KJG52

    "Crazy", "Cruel", and "Out of Touch" was the definition of "Typical Conservative".

    I think George W. Bush is the perfect president to preside over the end of the world. -Marc Maron

    by Nona D Above on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:12:17 PM PST

  •  Bunning is a viscious, partisan (5+ / 0-)

    buffoon and has been most of his Senate career, why this surprises anyone is beyond me. This is obviously a stunt to stall all Senate business in reaction to the perceived threat of passing Healthcare Reform by reconciliation. This is not the action of a single Senator, this is the action of a political party whose primary goal is to obstruct all Democratic policy initiatives. Bunning is just a willing tool trying to direct the focus away from Healthcare. He can be characterized by the Republican leadership as a "lone wolf" and still be used to refocus the story on unemployment and the budget deficit.

    They will call off the stunt at the beginning of the next news cycle,when they will try to paint themselves as bipartisan and the only party truly concerned about and listening to the American people. Same script, different day...  

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:14:10 PM PST

  •  Why do Dems let him get away with it? (7+ / 0-)

    They had him filibustering all by his lonesome and they let him off the hook. Dems are to blame as well.  

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:14:24 PM PST

  •  He's been picking on the little guy for years (2+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, penguinsong

    In 1964 he pitched perfect game against the hapless Mets.  If that isn't the lowest of the low.  Picking on the little guy.  And he's still doing it.

  •  Was incoherent 6yrs ago.Idiot KY folks re-elected (2+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, SemDem

    him. That's what so sad about politics. You can be incompetent and still get elected. Haven't there even been some cases of Dead people getting elected? Didn't Carnahan die in a plane crash and still won? This is part of democracy that I don't like. Fools like Bunning getting HIS when his constituents suffer. Asshole.

    •  The Ky Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

      Really hasn't presented much or been able to offer much in the way of competition. Not to mention, Ky is a poor state, as are most of its congressional districts, making democratic candidates have a financial disadvantage to their better funded republican counterparts.

      A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

      by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 03:50:04 AM PST

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  •  the attitude of (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, SemDem

    "tired of supporting leeches" is frustratingly common. Number one-- it's amazingly selfish and mean spirited. Number two-- every time you probe you find amazing hypocrisy as everyone is benefitting somehow from things they didn't work or pay for. In a better world people who say such things would be shamed and shunned. You'd think the chistians would slap this shit down.

    music- the universal language

    by daveygodigaditch on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:45:57 PM PST

  •  Bunning is taking a stand against out of control (0+ / 0-)

    government spending, and people are pissed off at the government for spending too much.

    So politically, if anything this is probably a winner for Bunning.  And he also claims that he does not oppose the unemployment benefits so basically he is bulletproof on this.

    •  I see you are back again (1+ / 0-)
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      with the same song as yesterday. sigh.

      •  I am not so sure that Bunning is one of the (0+ / 0-)

        crooked politicians especially after I saw him lay into Bernanke.  

        I think Democrats are better served by honest arguments, and this diary is doing some twisting.

        •  The point being (1+ / 0-)
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          that when he starts holding up welfare for the wealthy and the corporations then we might agree on his attempt to stop a tiny amount in the whole government give-a-way scheme.   Whining about poor people ripping off the government looks like, nay is, bullshit red herring, bell clanging.  Unfortunately for this country the mean, selfish a=holes among us are flocking to their dog whistles, unable to admit that their beloved party got us into this mess and nary a soul objected to the giant deficit spending whores.  
              I might add that the help to the less fortunate is a direct shot to the economies of every municipality and every business in this country.  It keeps money flowing around and through the economy.  It is the best way to hold the economy until it begins to produce again.  Why is that never mentioned?  

          •  I don't know much about this Bunning guy (0+ / 0-)

            I do know that his stand here is completely consistent with the speech he made when he layed into Bernanke.  And further this diary is completely mischaracterizing his position. Irrespective of whether I agree with the guy the argument presented here is not honest.

            •  what isn't honest?? (1+ / 0-)
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              Name one thing the diarist said that isn't honest??

              The fact that he supports tax cuts for billionaires that add to the deficit but not a family of four who need a few bucks to survive???

              The only one not honest here is you...portraying yourself as a progressive who is actually so far up the right you have your own head up your ass...

              Lemme guess, you live in a trailer and think the biggest problem we have is the inheritance tax on wealthy folk...

              You wingnuts are real morons.  I hope you get unemployed soon and see if Bunning is still your hero.

              See you in Guantanamo

              by Ismay on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 05:59:16 PM PST

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        •  So you approve of what Bunning is doing? (0+ / 0-)

          Absolutely amazing.

          The hundreds of billions he wants for tax cuts for the superwealthy added to the deficit, but lets' filibuster the poor schmoe who needs a hundred bucks to feed his family...

          If that is your definition of standing up for out of control spending, I think you'd be more comfortable at Redstate.

          I hope you have a secure job...I think you'd see his antics in a different light if you were the one who was laid off. Or do you think that wouldn't happen to you since they are all lazy bums?

          The Seminole Democrat
          A blue voice calling from the deep red

          by SemDem on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:51:10 AM PST

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  •  Since that asshole got to watch... (3+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, SemDem, jfromga

    his precious basketball team today, I'm glad they lost.  I hope it really pissed him off.  And then next week the Dems need to pass a bill extending unemployment benefits for the rest of the year, and shove it up Bunning's ass!

    "I won't give them hell, I'll give them the truth, which will seem like hell." -President Obama

    by BarackStarObama on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 09:40:11 PM PST

  •  Bunning is done anyway, and Rand Paul will likely (1+ / 0-)
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    win, putting a proponent of drug decriminalization and an opponent of the Patriot Act, in the Senate.  Sounds like an upgrade to me.

    •  Our primaries haven't happened yet. (1+ / 0-)
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      And there are quite a few candidates running for that post. Trey Grayson and Rand most popular on the Republican side, and Dan Mongiardo and Jack Conway. With a little effort, I don't think it is that "done" a deal.

      A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

      by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 03:52:46 AM PST

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  •  Kentucky Republican Senator Jim Bunning's (3+ / 0-)

    condescending attitude toward the unemployed working class is a typical one held dearly by the Party of the Rich. (Go Fuck Yourselves, and keep my pension and medical benefits coming!!)

  •  I watched him bitching (2+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, ekyprogressive

    I honestly thought he seemed more than just a trifle "off".

    TEA Party: it's a movement from the gut.
    Republicans are bad winners; they're gonna be miserable losers.

    by LeighAnn on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:58:29 AM PST

  •  It is the same old Ronald Reagan (2+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, ekyprogressive

    code of the "Welfare Queen".  It is not any different.  They broad brush that all recipients of unemployment are black, poor, illegal or whatever.  Fox news and all right wing media beat this dead horse day and night.  Part of the problem too is while Richard Trumpka has supported Obama, I think most of the members are tea-partiers.  I am in a Union and most of the members hate Obama.  Most of the members in our Union are Republican.  We have less than 800 members and that is falling rapidly due to retirements.

    Obama had a big swath of "Independents" vote him in office.  I think he was swept into office because we are now seeing the Collapse of America just like what happened in the USSR.  They wanted to be able to blame "that one" when it happens.  George W. Bush and his Administration gave out the stimulus checks to stave off the crash until Obama was in office.  It collapsed before the election.  The framing that comes out of the media is that it happened on Obama's watch.

    American Media thumbs it's nose at working families every single night about some huge bonus some rich white guy gets.  Still we are not in the streets.  The talking head shows have more Republican's on than Democrats still.  They are given more respect as if they are the ones in charge.  They are very denegrating to the Democratic spokesman.  CNN needs to be called out HARD on the cut-away to breaks when President Obama and the Democrats spoke.

  •  Bunning is on his way out... (1+ / 0-)
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    Thankfully, the replacement potentials leave something to be desired, as does democratic chances in the state at this time to take his seat.

    A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

    by ekyprogressive on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 03:46:51 AM PST

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