Senator Jim Bunning, the republican out of Kentucky, gave a middle finger to middle America as well as ABC reporters when they tried to speak with him after a legislative session yesterday. In that session, he banned a bill that extends unemployment for 30 days for 1.2 million laid-off workers and also provides them with subsidized health insurance. But the bill doesn’t stop there in all of the various programs that it would have extended. There have been 2,000 federal sanitation workers’ jobs taken, construction has been stopped in some programs, federal safety programs, even drunk driving programs, allllllllll because someone gave Bunning a crazy pass for the weekend from whatever home he SHOULD be in.
He’s not up for re-election, so he is looking for a way to put his name on the books. No matter what kind of attention he gets, he wants to go out with a bang. But, now that all of his shenanigans have been reported, he may just run into one of the unemployed that would feel no greater pleasure than making his dream come true.
In 2006, Time magazine knighted Bunning one of America’s Five Worst Senators. According to MSNBC reports, “he is regarded as a very strange man with a very nasty temper.” And to show he meant business yesterday when he reiterated his position on the bill he also made it perfectly clear that, “Any one of us can object to anything brought to the senate floor…any one of us.” Basically, it is his RIGHT to do what he damn well pleases. And now he will go down in history telling the unemployed, via Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) who begged him to withdraw his objection, Bunning replied: “Tough shit.”
But instead of his antics being unanimously shunned by republicans, it seems to have just built momentum in his party. According to Huffington Post, the republican out of Arizona (the anti-MLK holiday state), senator Jon Kyl (is he German?), put his two cents in and fanned the flames of Bunning’s incendiary rhetoric saying that unemployment insurance, “doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.” He continued with, “I’m sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can’t argue that it’s a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it’s a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here.”
What do you think the next move will be? Will Obama get involved, step onto the floor with Biden and Pelosi and push the override of the republicans road block? Or will he let the children fight it out amongst themselves? According to Huffington Post, it is almost certain that an override is inevitable. But, just for fun, someone really should…kick his ass!
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