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No, really.  Thank you.  Thank you for single-handedly blocking the passage of a new Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extension.  Because of you, millions of people will lose their benefits, without the necessary jobs available to help them get back on their feet.

You didn't really think this through, did you?  Not that I expected you (or any other wingnut member of your party) to really consider the gravity of the matter.  I mean, Republicans are all about fiscal responsibility, which explains your adamant insistence on any federal extension being paid for rather than added to the already-monstrous deficit.  The monstrous deficit that your party, and your God-awful preznit, helped create.

And you continue to stand for fiscal responsibility when it suits you, which it obviously did not when your friends in the banking industry were making high-risk bets with people's pensions and mortgages.  I'm glad you decided to take a stand NOW, when the people who stand to benefit are ordinary Americans and not already-stinking-f*cking-wealthy bureaucrats who might donate to your campaign coffer.  Way to stick it to the people who really deserve it.

I am so glad that you are so very fiscally responsible that you objected to adding $10 billion to the deficit, which currently sits at about $12 TRILLION, even when there are no jobs for these unemployed people to take, which is why they're all still on unemployment in the first place.  

Decades down the road, our children will read their history books and see that Jim Bunning was solely responsible for lifting America out of its Depression and into financial stability and, dare I say, abundant economic surplus.  Thank you so much for doing everything you can to help ordinary Americans back on their feet.  I'm sure they'll sing your praises while they sell off all their possessions in order to pay rent.


Originally posted to sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM PST.

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  •  As I expected, the Courier-Journal declined (10+ / 0-)

    to print my LTE on Mr. Bunning's contribution to Senate oratory.

    But I'm still proud of it.

    Excuse me?  One senator from Kentucky digs in his heels and millions are going to lose unemployment benefits and health insurance and his response to pleas to reconsider is "Tough s---?"

    Republicans have made the calculation that blanket opposition is their best path back to power.  Understandable, I suppose, politics being what it is.

    But do they really have to be such a------s about it?

    Corporations are people? How many immortal, psychopathic trillionaires do you know? __________ Songs at da web site!

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:10:01 AM PST

    •  Nice LTE (1+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor

      I'm not surprised that they didn't run it.  Keep trying, though.  It's so important for both sides of the issue, particularly in cases like this, to be heard.

      Love is all you need.

      by sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:37:21 AM PST

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    •  Since Unemployment Is NOT As Good As A JOB... (0+ / 0-)

      I applaude Jim Bunning for putting MORE PRESSURE on Democrats to create JOBS instead of extending Unemployment benefits yet again.

      Call me a nut but the Second Republican Great Depression will not end by extending unemployment which pays less that the job lost.

      Slowing the rate of shrinkage in the income for working people will not restore prosperity but instead makes for a worse problem next year.

      Obama's enabling of backstabber Democrats is a complete failure when it comes to "Change We Can Believe In" and things won't get better until the backstabbers lose their seats along with the corporatist Repugs.

      Join Bernie Saunders 'Democratic Socialist' party (which caucuses with the Democrats) NOW!


      •  Cart before horse (1+ / 0-)
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        Crashing Vor

        Cutting EUC benefits BEFORE the jobs are there to break the collective fall will only lead to more destitution, more dependence on welfare and food stamps, and a greater loss of confidence and morale.  It certainly is NOT the way to economic stability.

        You can say what you want about Obama and the Blue Dogs and the corporatists, etc etc etc, but you seriously cannot applaude Jim "Tough Shit" Bunning for forcing a million people into deeper poverty.

        Love is all you need.

        by sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:48:04 AM PST

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        •  Seriously, I CAN Do Just That (0+ / 0-)

          The longer corporatist Dems? are allowed to hide behind temporary extensions of unemployment instead of job creation, the worse the Second Corporatist Depression becomes and the longer it will last.

          "Jobless Recovery" is a lie.

          "We, the People" are already suffering and these half-measures must end.

          I want to see a JOBS program for folks who run out their standard unemployment, rather than yet another dose of corporatist selling out.


          •  Right (0+ / 0-)

            but cutting the benefits before the jobs are there to fill the void is leaving a million people (and more as time goes on) in the lurch.  What are those people going to do until the jobs appear?

            Love is all you need.

            by sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 12:18:23 PM PST

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            •  What Part of 'Job Creation' Don't You Understand? (0+ / 0-)

              You don't seem to be getting the idea.


              •  Jobs don't appear overnight. (0+ / 0-)

                And you support cutting benefits before the jobs are there to replace them, thus sinking those people deeper into poverty in the interim.  I understand it perfectly.
                What YOU don't seem to understand is that turning the screw on the Democrats isn't going to hurt them as much as it's going to hurt the American people.

                Love is all you need.

                by sea bear on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 11:24:31 AM PST

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                •  Actually Every Job I've Ever Been On (0+ / 0-)

                  Started very quickly when the money was available.

                  Being stuck in the idea that the government can't get a job done quickly is just plain stupid.

                  I watched something on the History Channel where the US Army built a 1,600 mile road in 8 months.

                  What we are lacking is Democrats with the WILL to get things going because they fear the folks who have been bankrolling them will stop.


  •  Yes thank you.... (0+ / 0-)

    Bunning for volunteering to be the scapegoat.  I'm happy, he's happy everyone is happy.

    Of course the people it affects are not happy but extending unemployment by adding to deficits is a no win situation so may as well have a Repuke become the scapegoat.

    Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. --George Orwell

    by thestupiditburns on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:18:13 AM PST

  •  He DID think it through: (1+ / 0-)
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    sea bear

    he said "tough shit", remember?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:35:14 AM PST

    •  I hope he loses his bid for re-election (1+ / 0-)
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      and then I hope he loses all his money and becomes destitute.  I would really like for karma to tell him "Tough Shit" in return.

      Love is all you need.

      by sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:38:08 AM PST

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      •  That would be nice, but he's not running again (2+ / 0-)
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        msmacgyver, Ezekial 23 20

        Bunning was literally forced out of running again by McConnell and company, who were terrified that he'd be a sitting duck in the general election (and in true poetic justice, instead of McConnell's supposedly "electable" pet Trey Greyson, they may get the equally nutty Rand Paul as a nominee instead). He wasn't happy about it and given that he's a bitter old bastard who's losing his marbles, he's striking out at everyone.

        •  Oh, right. (1+ / 0-)
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          I forgot about that.  How convenient that he can do whatever the f*** he wants and not have to face any consequences.  God I want to punch him.

          Love is all you need.

          by sea bear on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 12:19:21 PM PST

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          •  Sea Bear, I share your fury towards that fool! (0+ / 0-)

            And notwithstanding Ruff's comments, the EUC is all a lot of folks have between them and living under an overpass.

            Kentucky has certainly contributed a lot of misery in the Senate. I can't criticize much though since the mouth breathers here sent Suxby and Asshatson to misrepresent us.

            Hopefully, the Senate will clear up this "little misunderstanding" come Tuesday and retro back what gets missed in the meantime and do it real quick!

            I'm holding my breath, how 'bout you?

            If ever I become entirely respectable I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself- EV Debs

            by EdinGA on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:10:51 PM PST

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  •  He knows exactly what he's doing! (0+ / 0-)

    When this is passed later this week, these 1.2 million will have to reapply for benefits.  When they do they will automatically be added to the official statistics that will push the unemployment rate past the 10 point mark, thereby making President Obama look bad.  A very carefully orchestrated propaganda push for the rethugs!  Fuck the suffering people, this is much more important!

  •  Bunning is being used, IMO (0+ / 0-)

    He's almost completely disconnected from business as usual, will not be re-elected and is an angry and bitter man.  Cornyn supported Bunning in this misadventure which indicates to me, at least, that Bunning was convinced that this was a good idea.  

    IMO, again, it is a petty and vindictive Rethug reaction, privately supported by many and in response to this:

    President Obama hails return to PAYGO

    President Barack Obama is hailing pay-as-you-go budget legislation he signed Friday night as one in a series of crucial steps needed to snap Washington out of a destructive pattern of overspending.

    "Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday morning. "After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility. It’s easy to get up in front of the cameras and rant against exploding deficits. What’s hard is actually getting deficits under control. But that’s what we must do."

    Similar budgeting rules were in place by law from 1990 through 2002, when they expired. Obama argued that the absence of the so-called PAYGO requirement made it too easy for President George W. Bush and lawmakers to run up spiraling deficits in recent years.

    If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

    by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 01:29:08 PM PST

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