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Angry Jim Bunning blows off ABC News (Video)

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is suddenly in the media spotlight, as his block on a jobs bill means roughly 2,000 Transportation Department employees were forced to be furloughed without pay Monday. He doesn't seem too happy about the extra attention. When ABC News tried to get him to comment on the block, he ignored them, yelling, "Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!" and "I've got to go to the floor!"

According to the network producer Z. Byron Wolf, before the camera crew started filming Bunning gave them the middle finger.

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FOR THE RECORD --> ALL NAY VOTES WERE REPUBLICANS AGAINST EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT FUNDING --

NAYs ---19
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Johanns (R-NE)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sessions (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 4691 )
Vote Number: 32 Vote Date: March 2, 2010, 08:56 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: H.R. 4691 (Temporary Extension Act of 2010 )
Measure Title: A bill to provide a temporary extension of certain programs, and for other purposes.

Vote Counts:

YEAs 78
NAYs 19
Not Voting 3

Give to the Bush Republican occupation oil grab war in Iraq, having a job and feeding your family no longer matters, only Bush's war in Iraq matters, just ask the GOP.

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 3, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

WOW- Now here is a first class Republican. And to think someone voted this brainless flea bag into office. Back to you Senator with your one finger salute. You are part of the problem in Washington-your Mother would be proud of you-LMAO

Posted by: RetiredBadger | March 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

At last, a proper spokesman! The poster boy the Republicans have been searching for! He could run as Palin's VP!!!

I sincerely hope that the good senator keeps doing what he's doing. Surely that will persuade everybody now unemployed to vote Republican in the fall. And if it doesn't (to coin a phrase): Tough s--t!!

Truly a remarkable story. Thanks, Jim!

Posted by: TheFrog1 | March 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Just another type of screwball. I really did enjoy his pitching way back. Getting back to today, I wish he could have been that brave during the administration of "Mission Accomplished" instead of the bobble-head routine he had down to a science. Thanks Senator Jim, for another "way too late" gesture. Of course I see his reasoning this time; screwing average Americans instead of putting more money into already rich Republican buddies.

Posted by: dlbucs | March 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The story really should be about standing in the way of reckless unaccountable spending!!! Spending what we don't have...will borrow more and ignoring The PAY-GO that the left postured about.

The sad part is the money is already allocated and not spent in PORKULUS Money!!

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | March 2, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well aren't all these bleeding heart6liberal
comments interesting? Do you, and the WaPo forget that on Feb. 12, 2010 your President Obama signed into LAW "H.J. Res. 45, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, which increases the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion; and establishes a statutory Pay-As-You-Go procedure requiring that new non-emergency legislation affecting tax revenue or mandatory spending not increase the Federal deficit."

Bunning is doing the job the Senate should be doing. How come none of you knee jerk reactionaries know what goes on in your own backyards? Facts have an awful way of ruining your arguments!

Posted by: vgailitis | March 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"According to the network producer Z. Byron Wolf, before the camera crew started filming Bunning gave them the middle finger." I have been wishing I could give ALL of the "mainstream media" the finger since 1990. Thank heavens an elected official did it in my name. I guess the passing/signing of legislation for the political value and then not abiding by it ('no lobbyists', 'the most ethical admin in history,' 'pay-go' etc) finally got to someone with ethics.

Posted by: IQ168 | March 2, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The Party of "NO" is all about not cooperating for the Nation's benefit. The Party of "NO" will obstruct to further its agenda of DOING NOTHING until it can again gain a majority and begin doing EVERYTHING for the wealthy. The Party of "NO" is not for the vast majority of Americans who are in dire circumstances thanks to the Party of "NO"'s previous 8 years of uncontrolled excess. The Party of "NO" has no motivation to act on our behalf...it acts to further its own special interest agenda at the expense of the majority of Americans. Senator Bunning is a prime example of the Party's apparatus: DO NOTHING TO MOVE THE NATION FORWARD.

No, it's not unbelieveable, it's business as usual for the republican party...

Posted by: skiloypet | March 2, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

garrison liberty posted:

sen bunning was TOO LATE in giving ABC the finger seems Americas has already done so
ABC has dismal ratings and is firing many "journalists" thats a finger with teeth.
Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse
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You might try hitting Google for real ratings before splattering forth. Drudge quotes tvbythenumbers.com all the time. Except Drudge is not dumb enough to show last week ABC News averaged 4.04 Million viewers, while your Gods at Faux News averaged a meager 1.35 Million. No need to even explain half of those are in nursing homes and can't reach the remote.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 6:03 PM

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reply by ProCounsel

Fox is a cable network on limited distribution , while ABC is broadcast tv
bottom line--ABC is FIRING journalists
Fox is NOT
Fox--Fair and Balanced
Fox news is cable AB
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Reply by someone not sitting on their brain

Fox is for sheep - folks without critical thinking skills. Count the republican senator sound bytes every night, you'd think they were in the majority (and sheep do). Fact is if there was a bigger market for their crap, which there isn't, they would jump to broadcast tv in a second. Unfortunately for them, there's only so many sponsors trying to sell Gold. Republicans are a minority, lost the last election big time, and tea baggers will only siphon off and republican votes like Ralph Nader did to democrats for years. Fox creates its own news events - Glenn Beck, a Faux News actor, jester and clown, and allegedly former coke head, recently made faux news by speaking at CPAC which was covered extensively by the Faux News Network because nobody else cares. And look at the Faux News demographic - old, Midwestern, un-educated joe six pack types that don't need to be bothered by confusing facts and believe critical thinking is a communist plot. No wonder Smirky Sarah, who's son already out reads her, has become the Faux News Nation's National Hero. I anticipate laughing hilariously at your next reply counsel.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@Ombudsman1
The part of the DOT that is furloughed provides grant money to state police to oversee federal highway safety regulations (so even morons like you have a lower chance of being killed) and provide the inspectors to make sure roads projects are built properly (also to prevent even morons like you from getting killed). That is MOST of what they do. Behind the scenes, they are also conducting research and designing new safety regulations (so even morons like you don't get killed).

Bunning pulled the plug on the money that has had a major impact on preserving the lives of even Replublican morons. Cheers!

Posted by: Wallenstein | March 1, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning, the one honest Republican Senator. The rest of them have the same attitude: Screw You. But he says it. Tea Baggers, is this your idea of a great politician? Like them, I too have an opinion about a new American Revolution. If this was to happen, Bunning would be one of the first politicians to be justifiably hunted down in the street. He might as well say, Let them eat cake! The guillotine is this jackass needs.

Posted by: larry9 | March 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason for this nasty behavior at all since Sen. Jim Bunning is not seeking reelection. He is just crazy and mean-spirited.

Posted by: query0 | March 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Bunning's singularity springs not from an ideological deviation from the GOP's, but rather from his candor when following it.

Posted by: cue13 | March 1, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

GOP Senator Bunning's message to millions of out of work Americans!

Screw You!

Funny, but this was the same hypocrite who voted time and time again with his fellow Republican colleagues to fund two wars with tax payers money at $10 billion per month for 6 years but now tell millions of these same out of work American taxpayers "Tuff Sh^it" for the adaucity of requesting $10 billion to basically survive economically over the next six months.

Thank You Senator for revealing what we already knew that the GOP is comprised of a bunch of heartless butt holes!

Posted by: Citi__Street | March 1, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I think Bunning was jsut gesturing to the ABC crew: "your #1 baby"

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Posted by: qitkonlyyou | March 1, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc.) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc. or as we have Universal nationalized Military, Police, Fire, etc. etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.
After all, if "Government cannot do anything..." then:
1- Why the HEK are we paying about 40% of our income in various form of Taxes*?
2- Are you saying that we should operate the US Military, Police, Fire, Courts of law, etc. etc. on private basis?

More here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | March 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Good for Jim Bunning! Why doesn't ABC News pay a visit to Charlie Rangel?

Posted by: Drudge1 | March 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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Perhaps because nothing Charlie Rangel has done has harmed the American people unlike what Senator Bunning is doing.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Jim Bunning for telling these cowards, NO MORE FREAKIN' SPENDING!!!

99 weeks of unemployment compensation and a federal bonus of $5k (spread over the 99 weeks) is ludicrous. If a person can't find a job in 26 weeks, they aren't looking in the right places.

As far as the furloughed workers, what about all that stimulus money King Obonehead is sitting on. How about the TARP funds that remain unexpended.

No wonder King Obonehead's doctors have recommended that he drinks his mass-quantities in moderation.

The 65% COBRA subsidization is killing businesses who foot the bill and preventing them from hiring new talent.

This isn't a welfare state, people. quit sucking off the working people of this nation, becuase of your shiftless and lazy approach to life.

God Bless Sen. Jim Bunning, his courage and let's say NoBama in 2012!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 1,
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Hello American people. This is what some of your fellow Americans, Republicans/conservatives/right wing/Obama haters think of you. They have become a very selfish group of people . And to think, they want you to vote more people like Senator Bunning into office. You don't see any Republicans out there repudiating him but there are plenty out there vilifying President Obama. They hate President Obama so much that they consider programs to help people who are out of work through no fault of their own bad. They consider those who loss their jobs and have not yet found a new one as shiftless and lazy. But, they want you to vote Republican, vote against your own best interest. Vote for people who could care less about you. Vote for people who are more than willing to spend your tax dollars on wars, weapons , big corporations and the rich than on the middle class and poor. And, why? All because they hate President Obama.

Notice, no where in the above rant did he address why businesses aren't hiring, after all they are still benefiting from the tax cuts from Bush. And why everyone is waiting for President Obama to do something rather than their state Congress, Governors and Mayors? But then again they just want to blame President Obama.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 1, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@silencedogoodreturns: DOT folks are the inspectors etc. If they are not on site, the contractors aren't allowed to work.

Get a clue.

This is a blue-collar issue -- many folks a missing a day's pay every day Bunning does his "thing"

Posted by: vdev | March 1, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@silencedogoodreturns: DOT folks are the inspectors etc. If they are not on site, the contractors aren't allowed to work.

Get a clue.

This is a blue-collar issue -- many folks a missing a day's pay every day Bunning does his "thing"

Posted by: vdev | March 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Is the Senator too dumb or too arrogant to now realize that his salary and that of his staff comes out of the same deficient federal budget that UC benefits would be paid from? If the senator was really serious about the deficit, he would stop his salary, his staff's salary and that of the whole Senate and the federal agencies one by one until the deficit is gone. But his excellancy is only concerned with the deficit caused by working people who have been victims of the economic disaster perpetrated by Congress and their owners in the corporate/banking world.

Posted by: atp2007 | March 1, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Good for Jim Bunning! Why doesn't ABC News pay a visit to Charlie Rangel?

Posted by: Drudge1 | March 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Two things are obvious about soon to be ex Senator Bunning; he is overindulging in alcoholic beverages again, and doing everything to turn the public aganist the GOP because of his feud with Mitch McConnell.

Bunning could care less about thr financial source of funding for the bill, or how many citizens suffer from his spiteful actions. He just wants to stick it to Mitch and the boys for closing the door on his career.

He has not changed, Bunning has always been unqualified for the job and a liar.

The election of Bunning is living proof that the citizens of KY are not the sharpest minds in the country.

Posted by: COWENS99 | March 1, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is from Kentucky. Lived there. Not a particularly caring bunch of people in that state.

Posted by: therev1 | March 1, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator Bunning has never displayed the mental acumen or interpersonal skills required of a successful politician although to my knowledge he has never before manifested the poor taste and lack of manners displayed in shooting a bird at a network news crew.

Is anyone other than me wondering if he has some significant health issues?

Posted by: billsecure | March 1, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

What an angry, bitter man. It's a sad testament to who gets elected to this country's government.
BTW – I wonder where the commoner’s elevator is at, or do we have to take the stairs?

Posted by: spookykat1 | March 1, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"Besides since roads, schools, utilities, fire, police and the military are all "socialist" services in your book "

All fine services, and none provided by the department of Transportation.

That's the trouble with kids these days, they don't understand what part of government is responsible for what.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 1, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

vwcat wrote:

This is a set up. Bunning is not running for re-election so he is designated to be the guy for the repubs as a whole blocking help to the unemployed and setting off the chain reaction in causing more unemployment and even cutting payments to drs.
This is not one senator doing this.
this is all the repubs sticking it to the middle class, already hurting from their mishandling of the budget and the economy the past 8 years.
Now they want to stab the middle class some more.

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ProCounsel response:

i don't think it is a set up, but in military history there are "glancing engagements" in which small units of opposing forces engage, are reinforced, and then you have a decisive battle in a time and place NOT selected by the generals on either side.

Sen. Bunning’s demand that Obama actually do what obama said “pay-go” is going to unexpectedly slap obama 3 ways:

1. just tell obama to sign the unemployment checks. obama has billions in various slush fund tarp, stimulus etc. obama said he wanted pay go –do it. write the checks–that would be pay go and Bunning and everyone would be pleased.

since team obama does not understand free enterprise, and hates what little they know, they do NOT understand the grave responsibility of the owner to meet payroll.

Republicans–go on tv hold up the tarp and stimulus bill and yell”Mr. President sign these unemployment checks NOW–you have the money in the bank already. Mr. President do NOT play games with the unemployed just to seek support for “Reconciliation”. Pay go Mr. President–your words. Mr. President meet the payroll.”

hold up a large check. “Mr. President–the money is in the bank–write the check.”

2. why did obama make sure the banks were bailed out but failed to fund unemployment?

this will resonate and reinforce americans puzzled and angry at obama’s failure to address unemployment and jobs–particularly the “jobs summit” at the white house ion which the employers– the Chamber of Commerce–were NOT invited

3. obama’s impotence and incompetence demonstrated. an employer who can not meet payroll is despised–the worse kind of thief or incompetent.

also, although currently unsaid, many americans are extremely concerned that obama’s jobs “plan” is just endless unemployment extensions forever.

failure to address obama’s socialism now will destroy the future of all americans–not just unemployed victims of depression obama.

this could develop into a glancing engagement destroying obama

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Don't be so hard on poor mr bunning. He's just being the republican he is. Just like all republicans, cold, hardhearted, murdering thieving scoundrels. They invade countries kill innocent women and children and then do the same at home to everyone who is not rich. They and ALL who support them will burn in HELL.

Posted by: sammsammus | March 1, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Jim Bunning for telling these cowards, NO MORE FREAKIN' SPENDING!!!

99 weeks of unemployment compensation and a federal bonus of $5k (spread over the 99 weeks) is ludicrous. If a person can't find a job in 26 weeks, they aren't looking in the right places.

As far as the furloughed workers, what about all that stimulus money King Obonehead is sitting on. How about the TARP funds that remain unexpended.

No wonder King Obonehead's doctors have recommended that he drinks his mass-quantities in moderation.

The 65% COBRA subsidization is killing businesses who foot the bill and preventing them from hiring new talent.

This isn't a welfare state, people. quit sucking off the working people of this nation, becuase of your shiftless and lazy approach to life.

God Bless Sen. Jim Bunning, his courage and let's say NoBama in 2012!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 1, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

..."Just like a Republican RUN/AWAY wow America be sure now you RUN and Vote Republican again, proof they run away when they can't take the heat, and ruin you in the process, wow, have they ever ruined you but goooooooooooooood America!

..."Be sure now Kentucky you RUN and Vote Republican again...appreciate it!

Posted by: ztcb41 | March 1, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Jim Bunning for telling these cowards, NO MORE FREAKIN' SPENDING!!!

99 weeks of unemployment compensation and a federal bonus of $5k (spread over the 99 weeks) is ludicrous. If a person can't find a job in 26 weeks, they aren't looking in the right places.

As far as the furloughed workers, what about all that stimulus money King Obonehead is sitting on. How about the TARP funds that remain unexpended.

No wonder King Obonehead's doctors have recommended that he drinks his mass-quantities in moderation.

God Bless Jim Bunning.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 1, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is one of the most pathetic out of all the Republicans. After they destroyed the economy for 8 years, now they want to put the screws to those most effected. The GOP remains a brothel to the ugliest components of corporate America. Bunning is sick and inhumane. He belongs nowhere near public service.

Posted by: revbookburn | March 1, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

This is a set up. Bunning is not running for re-election so he is designated to be the guy for the repubs as a whole blocking help to the unemployed and setting off the chain reaction in causing more unemployment and even cutting payments to drs.
This is not one senator doing this.
this is all the repubs sticking it to the middle class, already hurting from their mishandling of the budget and the economy the past 8 years.
Now they want to stab the middle class some more.

Posted by: vwcat | March 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Why haven't other Republicans spoken out against Bunning's actions?
Maybe because they don't care about the unemployed or the 2,000 transportation workers that were furloughed today?

What do you think?

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

viennacommuter wrote>>>I support Senator Bunning in his efforts ... I just wish that more Senators would follow his lead.

You support more senators voting AGAINST Pay-go - then claiming they support it??

ALL Republican senators voted AGAINST Pay-go in January - including Bunning.

http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00012

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

In 1999, the 106th 1st session,Sen. Bunning voted for S.900. The title of this bill is "An Act to enhance competiton in the financial services industry by providing a prudential framework for the affiliation of banks, securities firms, and other financial service providers, and for other purposes." This bill is the cause of our financial meltdown as it deregulated the banking and insurance industries. Thank you Sen Bunning.

Now he is retiring and he will be able to take with him all monies in his Re-election campagian account, TAX FREE. Makes no difference if it's $1 dollar or $13 million dollars. TAX FREE. GOP members like to call this REDISTRIBUTION of WEALTH!!!

Put 2000 gov. workers on furlough and cut medicade but GET HIS FIRST!!!So much for cutting ENTITLEMENTS!!!!!!

Posted by: doughboy96 | March 1, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Bunning--a typical washington phony, posturing for personal gain, but screwing everyone else. The government model has totally broken down.

Posted by: Socialistic | March 1, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

hmnnn.......check the video of the failed obamacare summit

obama extende his middle finger during adverse comment next to his mouth

see--bunning is just paying homage to dear leader...

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

That the senator would make a point on the backs of the unemployed speaks for itself. This is not principle, it's grandstanding.
More importantly, I would like to see the voting record of every legislator bemoaning the spending choices of the Obama administration and the Democratic majority in Congress. What were their "principles" during the Bush administration? Did they vote for the unfunded increase in Medicare benefits? Did they vote in favor of the unfunded and unnecessary war in Iraq? These are just a couple of examples of the blatant hypocrisy of the Republicans.

Posted by: babsnjer | March 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Last month Obama wanted to use some remaining TARP funds to pay for the JOBS bill.
Republicans said "Nooo- that money is for the banks!"
LOL
But NOW - Republicans want Obama to use TARP funds for unemployment benefits rather than Stimulus funds.

Just keeping up with GOP flip flops is dizzying!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Nixon and Agnew didn't convince you. Reagan and Bush didn't convince you.
Bush and whomever didn't convince you.
Bush and Cheaney didn't convince you.
ENRON, EXXON, AIG, WATERGATE, THE ELSBERG PAPERS, (the list could be endless) excetra didn't convince you either.
The preceding are proof positive that at least a fair percentage of the population is to stupid to be trusted to take out the trash let alone be allowed to make decisions of major consequence! Listen to Limbaugh & company, they know it all, just ask them.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | March 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

These Republican idiots won't be happy until we are neck deep in a new depression. There are already 15 million unemployed Americans, many with families to support. The Great Depression only had 12.5 million unemployed Americans.

And this great "patriot" just told 1,000,000 Americans to go f*** themselves. Follows along the Republican idea that 50 million uninsured Americans should go somewhere and die quickly.

Guess what, Senator. Most of the unemployed and uninsured are Republicans your gang of thugs have been lying to for 140 years. Republicans have been controlling this economy for 36 of the last 42 years and it is the worst trainwreck since the last big trainwreck, also a Republican-engineered debacle.

This time, Senator Bunning, people will die and will be your responsibility. Death by ideology, failed right-wing ideology. And you people worry about legacy. Can you sleep?

Posted by: BigTrees | March 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

st50taw posted:
People who use "socialism" in the same sentence as "Obama" are either functionally illiterate or were never taught how to use a dictionary.

If the shoe fits, Pro Counsel...

Posted by: st50taw

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ProCounsel responded:

well lets see what websters says:

Main Entry: socialism
Pronunciation: \'so-sh?-?li-z?m\
Function: noun
Date: 1837
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

and ProCounsel’s own
beltway dictionary:

socialism– see obama, failed president

“share the wealth”

took over gm and chrysler, attacked free enterprise, record unemployment

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

From The AMA: "The Senate failed to repeal the Medicare physician payment formula that will cause a drastic 21 percent payment cut to physicians who care for Medicare and TRICARE patients. On Monday, the 21 percent cut goes into effect, forcing many physicians to limit the number of Medicare and TRICARE patients they see in order to keep their practice doors open."

This is because of Bunning's hold.

I hope 78-year-old Senator Bunning is enjoying his excellent taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits while he carries on this disgusting political theatre.

Posted by: marSF | March 1, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

WooHoo! Harold Ford sees the light and decides not to run for Senate.
And another Corporate Democrat has a challenger - woohoo! - Sen. Lincoln needs to GO!!
$500K has been raised since noon to send her back to Arkansas for good!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

lug21 wrote:

Bunning is suggesting that government pay for things that cost money.

Is that fundamentally wrong? He's a cranky old coot. But is he wrong to suggest that paygo rules be enforced?

Governors all over the country are making tough decisions on their budgets. When will Congress start tightening their belt?

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ProCounsel responded--

exactly

but i do want the unemployed to get their checks without worry

i know several unemployed people personally whose nerves are shot and money is tight--then they have marital problems

work a compromise--pay the unemployed and hold up the rest

besides obama should pay the unemployment form his tarp and stimulus slush funds instead of his union thugs

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I think this is funny as hell. You can't tell me that reconstructing the Hump Back Bridge on the GW Parkway is a vital transportation issue. I support Senator Bunning in his efforts ... I just wish that more Senators would follow his lead.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | March 1, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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You might think this is a vital transportation issue if the bridge collapses while you are driving over it. Conservatives want to degrade our infrastructure to Third World levels to avoid shelling out money.

Posted by: maggots | March 1, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning and ALL Senate Republicans voted AGAINST Pay-go in January!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 6:55 PM
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Good point. The GOP opposed the measure because they think it will lead to higher taxes. But paygo is at the heart of what the Tea Party people are advocating. If the GOP can't support a measure that asks government to run on a balanced budget, how can they be the party of fiscal prudence?

Posted by: lug21 | March 1, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abus

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Isn't this the crux of the matter? Conservatives say pay as you go, but don't raise my taxes. You guys want something for nothing.

Posted by: maggots | March 1, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I think this is funny as hell. You can't tell me that reconstructing the Hump Back Bridge on the GW Parkway is a vital transportation issue. I support Senator Bunning in his efforts ... I just wish that more Senators would follow his lead.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | March 1, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is suggesting that government pay for things that cost money.

Is that fundamentally wrong? He's a cranky old coot. But is he wrong to suggest that paygo rules be enforced?

Governors all over the country are making tough decisions on their budgets. When will Congress start tightening their belt?

Posted by: lug21 | March 1, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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Give me a break. Bunning was more than willing to borrow money to pay for the Iraq War. This is all about a political hack trying to score points with the tea party crowd at the expense of 400,000 unemployed Americans. It stinks to high heaven.

Posted by: maggots | March 1, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning and ALL Senate Republicans voted AGAINST Pay-go in January!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 6:55 PM
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Good point. The GOP opposed the measure because they think it will lead to higher taxes. But paygo is at the heart of what the Tea Party people are advocating. If the GOP can't support a measure that asks government to run on a balanced budget, how can they be the party of fiscal prudence?

Posted by: lug21 | March 1, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

People who use "socialism" in the same sentence as "Obama" are either functionally illiterate or were never taught how to use a dictionary.

If the shoe fits, Pro Counsel...

Posted by: st50taw | March 1, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is suggesting that government pay for things that cost money.

Is that fundamentally wrong? He's a cranky old coot. But is he wrong to suggest that paygo rules be enforced?

Governors all over the country are making tough decisions on their budgets. When will Congress start tightening their belt?

Posted by: lug21 | March 1, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I think Steve Martin should play him in the movie adaptation of his biography.

Posted by: dorklord
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I bet Dan Akroyd could do a mean MCConnell.

Wild and Crazy Guys of the U.S. Senate. The originals had more class, though.

Posted by: st50taw | March 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

You can bet Bunning isn't the only Republican who wanted to say no, it would have been political suicide in a election year. They should have asked Bunning what his solution is, the answer would be, TO BAD, TOUGH -HIT.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | March 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Bubbett wrote>>>Bunning asked the Spendocrats to use some of the stimulus funds that have done nothing to help the economy or jobs

Done nothing?? Not according to Republicans who attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Stimulus JOBS in their districts.
Yeah - that's right - Republicans LIED.
Here's 111 of the hypocrites - with their letters BEGGING for Stimulus funds while they were on Fox News publicly bashing the Stimulus.

http://thinkprogress.org/touting-recovery-opposed

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Steve Martin should play him in the movie adaptation of his biography.

Posted by: dorklord | March 1, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning and ALL Senate Republicans voted AGAINST Pay-go in January!

http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00012

Republicans - spinners of DECEIT!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Bubbette: Maybe you should have been asking, back in the day, who was going to pay for the Bush Tax Cuts and his Two "Off Budget so Nobody Will Notice The Price Tag" Wars. The budget got blown over the past decade, not the past year. Wake up.

Posted by: marSF | March 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Bunning, a class act. Still throwing at the heads of those who can't retaliate. If he were other than a lame bully, he would volunteer his pay for every day of his ridiculous "hold" to help pay for the bill.

Posted by: jimD118 | March 1, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning makes Jim Inhofe look like a freaking genius. Hey Kentucky- Thanks for foisting this loser on the rest of America.

Posted by: marSF | March 1, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Bunning asked the Spendocrats to use some of the stimulus funds that have done nothing to help the economy or jobs. The Spendocrats refused and instead wanted to borrow more money and create more debt.

So now Reid wants to pass another 100 billion dollar stimulus package with more borrowing and debt.

We are not far from being where Greece is. California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois are all teetering on bankruptcy.

So when we cannot borrow more what are we supposed to do?

This administration is clueless on what to do with the economy or jobs. Senator Bunning was right, how are we going to pay for these bills?

We cannot keep printing money without serious repercussions. Hopefully this new 100 Billion stimulus package will be paid for out of unspent stimulus funds and not be more debt piled up on the taxpayers.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 1, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The man's irrational behavior and statements in recent years are what caused Kentucky's GOP rain-makers to kick him to the curb, hoping to avoid embarrassment. Whatever craziness Bunning exhibits in 2010 will be no surprise to anyone who has been watching him during this term of office. One doesn't need to be 80 or 90 years old to be afflicted with dementia. It can strike earlier. This guy needs professional help.

Posted by: cardinal177 | March 1, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Bunning, obviously, can't stand the heat, so he should get out of the kitchen. His "principles" didn't prevent him from voting for Bush's tax cuts for the rich. It's ridiculous that one Senator can hold up the entire government. It's way beyond time to change the rules in the Senate, even if that means that when and if the Republicans regain the majority at some point in time they'll also benefit as the majority party. As the rules stand now the Republicans stop absolutely everything as a political tactic because they then blame the Democrats because nothing is being done. Unbelievable, but it seems to be working since most Americans don't folllow this stuff enough to figure out what the Repugs are doing.

Posted by: ejs2 | March 1, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is being driven out of Congress by his own political party. His Republican colleagues know he is worthless to them and are working behind to kick him out and get someone else. That this failure of a representative would treat his fellow Americans who have lost their jobs, so poorly and without remorse, says everything we need to know about him. He is pathetic, amoral, unchristian and unpatriotic. Many of those men now out of work were veterans, unlike Bunning, and hopefully they will remember the Republican congressmen's disdain for Americans who need their help. Let us take away their great government funded benefits and give them a taste of their own greed.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 1, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Obstructionist Republican POS!!!

Posted by: gce1356 | March 1, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

When Republicans talk about cutting spending, what they mean is arbitrarily suspending services. Lord knows they don't have the backbone to curb entitlement spending. And who are Republicans to turn down spending a few trillion on a new war every couple years? But the moment you start talking about spending money on public safety or health care or anything else related to quality of life in America, whoa!, let the crying begin!

Posted by: jeffwacker | March 1, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Senator Bunning and the people who voted for him should take a tour across the country of unemployment offices, churches and food banks to see exactly who and why they are full. Pro Counsel is an idiot.

Posted by: stewart20002 | March 1, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad that our legislators aren't periodically checked for mental issues that might affect their performance. We worry about the psychological profiles of pilots and bus drivers- why not our Congresspersons? If they were, I imagine that Bunning wouldn't be the only one facing grounding.

Posted by: harlowj2 | March 1, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

All these ad hominem attacks reveal quite a bit of venom and hate and very little of the golden rule. Funny, isn't that what you accuse the GOP of?

Pot... meet kettle.

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 1, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

garrison liberty posted:

sen bunning was TOO LATE in giving ABC the finger seems Americas has already done so
ABC has dismal ratings and is firing many "journalists" thats a finger with teeth.
Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse
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You might try hitting Google for real ratings before splattering forth. Drudge quotes tvbythenumbers.com all the time. Except Drudge is not dumb enough to show last week ABC News averaged 4.04 Million viewers, while your Gods at Faux News averaged a meager 1.35 Million. No need to even explain half of those are in nursing homes and can't reach the remote.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 6:03 PM

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reply by ProCounsel

Fox is a cable network on limited distribution , while ABC is broadcast tv

bottom line--ABC is FIRING journalists

Fox is NOT

Fox--Fair and Balanced

Fox news is cable AB

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

His Voicemail is full. Everyone should call in the morning when his lackey staff are there to get hassled by the public.

Senator Bunning
Washington, D.C.
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202.224.4343
Fax: 202.228.1373

Posted by: cyberfool | March 1, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

sen bunning was TOO LATE in giving ABC the finger seems Americas has already done so
ABC has dismal ratings and is firing many "journalists" thats a finger with teeth.
Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse
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You might try hitting Google for real ratings before splattering forth. Drudge quotes tvbythenumbers.com all the time. Except Drudge is not dumb enough to show last week ABC News averaged 4.04 Million viewers, while your Gods at Faux News averaged a meager 1.35 Million. No need to even explain half of those are in nursing homes and can't reach the remote.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Once a hill-billy always a hill-billy. Being a member of the gNOp doesn't help.

Posted by: RichardinPasadena | March 1, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a poster boy for all that's wrong with Washington.

Posted by: atroncale1 | March 1, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the white trash Bunning family. You Bunning folk sure showed them news people how to act!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | March 1, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Kentucky: It was, indeed, a predominantly pro-slavery state that remained with the Union. Lincoln said, " I HOPE God is on our side, but I've GOT TO have Kentucky!"

Maybe we ought to hope and pray that Kentuckians once more overcome any negatives and support the worthier side. Let's hope they see fit to rid themselves of Bunning. They have a fine historical precedent.

Posted by: j24w | March 1, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER OBAMA FAILURE

Sen. Bunning’s demand that Obama actually do what obama said “pay-go” is going to unexpectedly slap obama 3 ways:

1. just tell obama to sign the unemployment checks. obama has billions in various slush fund tarp, stimulus etc. obama said he wanted pay go –do it. write the checks–that would be pay go and Bunning and everyone would be pleased.

since team obama does not understand free enterprise, and hates what little they know, they do NOT understand the grave responsibility of the owner to meet payroll.

Republicans–go on tv hold up the tarp and stimulus bill and yell”Mr. President sign these unemployment checks NOW–you have the money in the bank already. Mr. President do NOT play games with the unemployed just to seek support for “Reconciliation”. Pay go Mr. President–your words. Mr. President meet the payroll.”

hold up a large check. “Mr. President–the money is in the bank–write the check.”

and obama has the presidential seal.

2. why did obama make sure the banks were bailed out but failed to fund unemployment??

this will resonate and reinforce americans puzzled and angry at obama’s failure to address unemployment and jobs–particularly the “jobs summit” at the white house ion which the employers– the Chamber of Commerce–were NOT invited

3. obama’s impotence and incompetence demonstrated. an employer who can not meet payroll is despised–the worse kind of thief or incompetent.

also, although currently unsaid, many americans are extremely concerned that obama’s jobs “plan” is just endless unemployment extensions forever. failure to address obama’s socialism now will destroy the future of all americans–not just unemployed victims of depression obama.

SEE--its obama who is giving the unemployed the finger

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

joe wilson is STILL #1 in america for telling obama "YOU LIE" at the state of the union last year

although bunning giving ABC the finger is close.........

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

actually ABC

the raised middle finger is a sign of RESPECT

reserved only for biased liberal news hacks

see???

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Senator Bunning
Washington, D.C.
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202.224.4343
Fax: 202.228.1373

Call this lunatic and give him hell.

Time to turn up the heat

Posted by: Frisco_shady | March 1, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

good job bunning

always best to give the finger

BEFORE the cameras are turned on

guess you never really lose your reflexes and timing from baseball....

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

sen bunning was TOO LATE in giving ABC the finger

seems Americas has already done so

ABC has dismal ratings and is firing many "journalists"

thats a finger

with teeth.......

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is trying to spur jobs throughout the country, only to have white supremancists like Jim Bunting, obstructing his every move... If the American people are stupid enough to keep electing @ssholes like Bunting, who want to kill jobs????


Posted by: demtse | March 1, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

@angie12106:
excellent info that he opposed PayGo when voting; more hypocrisy in action.
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That said, if someone imposes a rule on 'me' and then ignores the rule for themselves I will happily air that to the world. If the rule is 'paygo' (which he opposed) then calling on the Dems to follow that is a principled stand.
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Why I don't give him any credit is because this is just being vindictive. If it was a full big bill, then yes oppose it till they pay for it. But because this is simply a one month extension, he has no legitimate basis to cry foul.
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Even more so given the budget busting of the last administration from his party.

Posted by: rpixley220 | March 1, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Where the heck was Bunning and the Tea Partyers when Wubya was running up the deficit? The only principle in this is Bunning running for re-election.

Posted by: crete | March 1, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

What else do you expect from one of the Senate's proudest Republican sphincters? Human decency? Compassion? The slightest hint of reason? Ain't gonna happen with flatulent, old self-serving GOP pharts like this taking up space in Congress. But on the bright side, once the "Teed Off Party" takes control of the GOP it will implode at twice the speed of Republican greed.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 1, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This could blow up into a major scandal if Bunning refuses to back down, jobless Americans suffer for weeks and the GOP continues to say and do nothing. Democrats need to seize this opportunity.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 1, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

rpixley220 wrote>>>Bunning is making a principled stand which I can somewhat agree with. If the rule is 'paygo' then if it's not paid for it shouldn't go.

Yes, but Bunning voted AGAINST Pay-go on Jan. 28, 2010 - as did ALL Republicans!

http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00012

Yet another example of Republicans' hypocrisy!! Taking a stand FOR something WHILE being against it - or vice versa.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Bunning should be slapped upside the head for putting his grandstanding infront of the workingmans jobs
Posted by: newagent99 |
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Dept of Transportion employees are the"workingman?" Will anyone notice if they don't show for work? Would a permanent furlough be better for the country?
Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse
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Enjoy your new potholes. Besides since roads, schools, utilities, fire, police and the military are all "socialist" services in your book and staffed by deadend slackers in your head, I suppose we don't need any of them anymore. And what value to society do you add pretell?

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

so not surprising

typical republican grandstanding and at the expense of the american people who need this funding the most: ME

so not surprised

say what fox news: Sean, glen, rush - is this ok with you, does this speak well of your "can't do nothing wrong" party?

no humanity, no compassion, no understanding - YUP THE PARTY OF NO

well now, maybe the country will get it

just say NO to republicans in the elections

and take away his health care, see how he likes it and how come no objection to not funding the war - you know the one that KILLED lots of people (and he is probably against pro choice because he is a pro lifer)

does he understand that people need money for rent, food and heating bills - oh yeah - the party of no doesn't care

Posted by: lndlouis | March 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are always angry.

Posted by: jswift1 | March 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

How dare that reporter attempt to make that Republican Senator accountable to the 2,000 families who won't be able to pull supplies out of that for Senator's only elevator to put milk on the table for their kids. When the kids ask for it they should just take that word "NO" that sums up all Republican policies and stretch it out like everything else they'll have to now and just tell their kids Nooooooooo.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | March 1, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

What most media outlets are missing is the details of all of this.
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Bunning is making a principled stand which I can somewhat agree with. If the rule is 'paygo' then if it's not paid for it shouldn't go.
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HOWEVER, Bunning is not holding up an actual bill. He is holding up a stopgap ONE MONTH extension to a bill so that they can work out the financing for the full bill to meet the 'paygo' rule.
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The Senate had already agreed, even the GOP agreed, that this was an exception worth making.
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Bunning deserves every bit of ridicule he is getting.

Posted by: rpixley220 | March 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This all because the Senate only has three day work weeks....Of course the money will be allocated by Wednesday this week...Just another old white guy in the Senate needing media attention....

Posted by: robinhood2 | March 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

@demagirl: In a word, yes. Your comment cuts to the heart of what's wrong with mass media in this nation.

@pookiecat: Kentucky is a border state. It never seceded, although it was a pro-slavery Union state during the Civil War.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | March 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican statesman!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | March 1, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This guy Bunning is such a gutless coward. He was a lousy bum when he pitched for the lousy Phillies in the 1960's and he has been 10 times worse in the Congress, feeding off the public trough while sitting on his F.A. If this is the best Kentucky can offer the nation, then maybe Kentucky can take it's black lung cases and secede from the Union again. Neither it nor this foul-mouthed slob would be missed.

Posted by: pookiecat | March 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: Jim Bunning is mounting a one-person filibuster that is resulting in a 21% reduction in Medicare's doctor-reimbursement rates, at least 2,000 employees furloughed, and the lapsing of unemployment and COBRA benefits for thousands more. Yet flipping the bird at a reporter is what gets the most press.

Posted by: Demagirl | March 1, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Bunning should be slapped upside the head for putting his grandstanding infront of the workingmans jobs

Posted by: newagent99 |
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Dept of Transportion employees are the"workingman?" Will anyone notice if they don't show for work? Would a permanent furlough be better for the country?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I got this right...He's angry!?!

Posted by: bproulx45 | March 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bunning should be slapped upside the head for putting his grandstanding infront of the workingmans jobs

Posted by: newagent99 | March 1, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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