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Defiant Jim Bunning again waves off questions about blocking jobs bill (Video)

After angrily brushing aside questions from ABC reporters Monday, Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R) again waved off questions about his decision to "single-handedly block... the Senate from extending unemployment benefits, highway funds and other programs" when confronted by CNN's Dana Bash and camera crew.

Also on Tuesday, Bunning defended on the Senate floor his decision to object to a request by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican, to pass the 30-day extension of jobless benefits and other expired measures.

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Senator Jim Bunning is pitching a shutout.
Finally someone who knows how to play ball in Washington.
The time has come to stop congress from spending on the "no limit" credit card.


Posted by: tehehaha | March 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems clear that Bunning is psychotic. No joke. I wish that it was surprising that someone with a mental illness would be a Senator. But unfortunately it is not. This episode makes it clearer than ever that the Senate should be abolished. Why do we want a dysfunctional body that can be taken over by one insane person have such profound effects on the people of this country? Why do we want the same representation of two Senators from a state with a population of less than 1/2 million as a state with 25 million? It really makes no sense. The House seems to be a body that can reflect the needs of the people with equal representation for all.

Posted by: MickyD1 | March 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Lets see. 1. Under Bush, the Republicans gave the largest tax break to the richest Americans. They did it by reconcliation 2. They want to maintain the status quo in health care so insurance company CEOs make lots of money to contribute to their campaigns. 3. They start two wars and do not include the cost of the wars in the deficit numbers, yet complain about democrats accounting. 4. Now this stunt by bunning...should we be surprised. Posted by: steveeyes"

Actually you understate what they did, all under reconciliation.

Clinton's last budgets were in sufficient surplus to have started paying down the national debt. There was this projected surplus of $6 trillion over ten years, quite appropriate since we had this $5 + Trillion in debt thanks to Reagan and Bush 1. Bush II turned that surplus into another $5 trillion in reported debt, but that hides the fact that there were large surpluses in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and in other Federal "Trust Funds" like the Highway trust fund, whose tax incomes MUST be used only for transportation related items. The Bush II people took some $6 to 8 trillion dollars and gave it away in tax breaks and war related expenses that they haven't properly accounted for, all of which money thyey borrowed from somebody.

If this were the board of directors of a publicly traded corporation, that would be called looting, and those directors might be convicted of theft by conversion.

The Republicans shrig it all off, but now that their looting of the Treasury has wrecked the economy and the Treasury is having to borrow extensively to meet obligations, those same thieves are screaming Fiscal responsibility.

And that fraud Jim Bunning is going a step further and flipping the bird to the American people.

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, is all hot and bothered that the President hasn't solved the mess the republicans left him in his first year in office, and is really mad that Obama didn't solve the problem in the time honored republican way, by cutting Mitt and his friends taxes.

And Bunning says, "Why NOT now?"

Posted by: ceflynline | March 2, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The point of Bunning's grand standing is frankly lost on me as someone who is unemployed and struggling to pay my bills and hang on to health insurance coverage. Perhaps we should eliminate congressional health care benefits until they come up with logical and cost effective solutions to our nations problems. Meanwhile, please see my website at to find practical alternatives to COBRA.

Posted by: ReformCobraNow | March 2, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This is what Republicans do, is it that hard to see voting more of them into office in November will only bring even more of this kind of pig headed thinking to Washington? They can fund their money sucking war though, and pretend they are all heroes saving us from the Arabs, but they don't concern themselves with whether you can feed your family or yourself. They have all they want in life, and they are rich and in control of your life. They can give our over sized military TRILLIONS of dollars, and waste HUNDREDS of BILLIONS, on their war in Iraq but you get higher rates and prices, cut services and benefits, much less for your dollar and unemployment while they bankrupt us and ship your jobs and our factories overseas as they line their own already filthy rich pockets. This is what the Republicans do, every time, is there some reason why anyone thinks they won't do it even more if we elect even more of them? THINK for once America, throwing the baby out with the bathwater is NOT the solution. America gave that moron Bush 8 years and look what he did to this country with his Republican majority, Obama has only had one year to try and fix it all, give him and the Democrats a chance, it all takes time, and is simply evidence of just how much damage Bush and the Republicans have done, listen to Obama, he is right. The Republicans will not help you, they lie, steal and get richer while they start wars and waste all your money, while you starve and die with no job, no health care, no benefits, no business, no retirement, no future. Republicans like Bunning are the reason America ended up here, this kind of blind ignorance and greed. The Democrats aren't perfect, but they would never do this to the American people in a time of need. Vote Democrat in November, they will come through for us given time.

Posted by: Hillary08 | March 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

God...when are people going to wake up to the fact that Republicans represent one group of people....THE WEALTHY.

They lie, distort the truth and use scare tactics (wmd, death panels) to get middle class votes support..but do nothing for the middle class when in office.

Lets see.

1. Under Bush, the Republicans gave the largest tax break to the richest Americans. They did it by reconcliation

2. They want to maintain the status quo in health care so insurance company CEOs make lots of money to contribute to their campaigns.

3. They start two wars and do not include the cost of the wars in the deficit numbers, yet complain about democrats accounting.

4. Now this stunt by bunning...should we be surprised.

For the life of me, I don't know how anybody who makes under $100,000 a year would want to back liars, self-serving hypocrites and a platform of NO when it comes to passing laws that help middle class Americans (they say yes lots of times to pass laws for the rich).

I don't want to hear this argument about the deficit. When the republicans consistently start to care about the deficit across the board, no matter how much money they make, then talk to me. Nor do I want to hear about distribution of wealth or socialism when Republicans pass laws to un-regulate and help corporate CEOs and distribute the wealth to the richest Americans by giving them the largest tax break under Bush. Republicans brand of socialism is to give the best health care and pass laws to make the rich richer.

I must give credit where credit is due. Republicans are really good at pulling the wool over the eyes of those sheep who follow.

Posted by: steveeyes | March 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

bunning is evil. He is an angry, bitter old man who is upset that his own party has asked him not to run again in the next election.

He has a history of bizarre behavior and a short temper. He once predicted that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would die....why even bring up such a topic if he weren't mentally unstable?

He once said one of his political opponents looked like a son of Saddam Hussein. What's wrong with this bunning?

A few years ago, Time Magazine listed him as one of the worst senators in Congress.

A couple of years ago, there were many questions about his foundation which apparently had only given out 25% of the money it had taken in. bunning apparently took in 6 figures from his own foundation as salary.

He's made his point, but he has done so at the expensive of many unfortunate Americans. Why didn't he make his point when Bush passed his tax cuts? Why didn't he make his point when Bush went to war twice without paying for it?

And, he is a coward for not defending his positions with reporters.

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

Should the unemployment extension be paid for, or paid for through deficit spending? Poll


Posted by: usadblake | March 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

How is it that this evil Senator Bunning can, as one person, block unemployment recipients from getting help????
I understand he won't run again - that's positive. Would it be possible to censure him? If that's not the way there must be another way.

Posted by: Tonisongbird34 | March 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Bunning appears to be asking the government to do as it promised. Those that want his voice silenced seem to wish that a new federal entitlement be created.
The Progressive Agenda needs bodies that can not speak for themselves.

Posted by: RayOne | March 2, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This person has spent his time in government as a nobody and a do-nothing. Now he is doing his best to get his 15 minutes of fame so he will be able to write a book. Someone will give his a book deal on how he could bring the government to a standstill by himself. Good luck with your grandstand of a ploy. Hope you can sleep good at night.

Posted by: racam | March 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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