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Senate approves extension of jobless benefits after Bunning ends blockade

Updated 9:14 pm
By Ben Pershing
Senators approved a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding and other federal programs Tuesday night after Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) dropped his days-long blockade of the bill.

The Senate approved the measure 78 to 19.

Bunning had held up the Senate's consideration of the package of 30-day extensions since Thursday, arguing that the measures were not paid for. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said they were, but Bunning stood firm until reaching accord on a deal Tuesday.

That agreement allowed a vote on the package and also gave Bunning a vote on his amendment forcing the $10 billion bill to be offset with the closing of a tax loophole that has benefited the paper industry. The amendment failed, with 43 senators voting for it.

Bunning will also get the chance to offer amendments on the next Senate jobs bill, a $150 billion measure slated for consideration by the Senate this week.

After reaching the agreement, Bunning said, "I hope Senate Democrats tonight vote for their own pay-fors and show Americans that they are committed to fiscal discipline. I will be watching them closely and checking off the hypocrites one by one."

The unemployment benefits to more than 200,000 Americans and other federal programs expired Feb. 28. An extension has already been passed by the House, and Democrats were preparing to usher the bill quickly to President Obama after its passage Tuesday night.

Reid (D-Nev.) said the deal "came about because Republicans realized they were wrong."

In addition to blocking the package of extensions, the Kentucky Republican had also placed holds on all pending Obama administration nominees, but Bunning will lift those holds now that an agreement has been reached.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 2, 2010; 6:57 PM ET
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Comments

This is a perfect example of what happens when a person tries to do the ethical thing. Yes, we all want to help those in need, but the money must come from somewhere. What will happen in the future when there is no money and no one to lend us anymore. These jerks in congress will bankrupt us with our cooperation as seen so far. It is easy to be generous with phantom money.

Posted by: catholic2u | March 4, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It takes a special kind of dumb to be a Democrat. Pass PayGo and ignore it. Obama says he won't pass health care with 50 plus 1, has to have 60% in the House and Senate. That was then, this is now. Please, is it 2012 yet? This idiot has to go.

Posted by: danhanover1 | March 3, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Bunning has more of a propensity playing with balls, than he has playing politics.

Posted by: pcps1975 | March 3, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Since the Senate and Congress violated a law, they should be arrested. Of course they have immunity from arrest during a session.
Extending jobless benefits for two years will only reduce the impetus to find a new job. That will only take away money from the productive to give to people who do not want to work.

Posted by: more7108 | March 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

One of the bad things about blogs is that ignorant, uninformed people get to say stupid things. Bunning is not running for reelection, so that frees him to do the right things and not worry what any other politician thinks. The Dems voted for PayGo and yet ignore it and just keep up the deficit spending. You morons who don't seem to understand that need to educate yourself. There are non-liberal media sources that you could use to find the truth behind the progressive's lies. You think you will be a general in Hitler's SS? Think again! You more than likely will find yourself in a gulag.

Posted by: intewedm1 | March 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the rant about Bunning trying to kill alternative fuel programs - here's what gave it away:

"You get 7 tons of fuel for every 1 ton of paper pulp."

This not only betrays a profound ignorance of the basic laws of physics, but provides a fitting example of the rationale behind most schemes coming out of Washington - the dream of getting something for nothing.

If this technology is so profitable, why does it take a windfall grant to a big, well connected company to get it moving?

Posted by: lehiwayman | March 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Save money by bringing troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan? Libs love losing wars.

Posted by: ebrek | March 3, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Easy way to reduce more than 10 billion is to bring most of the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan this year. Somehow I doubt if Bunning and Republican reactionaries would support this common sense approach.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent |

An interesting short-sighted approach the beats most other short-sighted ideas from "progressives' by several million miles.
it's about pay-go, remember the articulate, teleprompter reader saying that he would demand it because of our previous generations and administrations fiscal irresponsibilities? of course, when obama delays for months on deciding what to do with afghanistan, he is just being deliberate. it is funny how few dems and liberals actually get what is happening with bunning and the hold up of the jobless benefits.

Posted by: infinitewisdom4u | March 3, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

This was about was Bunning trying to kill the Black liquor biomass gasification subsidy, an alternative fuel program. Weyerhaeuser has been pursuing the tax credit. Fuel from wood pulp was invented in the USA during WWII during the oil and gas shortages. Today, combined cycle gas turbines can be run on this alternative fuel process, and on a combined cycle could for example provide hot water, heating, and electricity, even A/C all produced on-site, all from one residential or commercial unit while utilizing renewable energy resources. Bunning is attempting to prevent this from becoming more widespread in use. Bunning is trying to kill new technologies and industries that will replace the electricity grid and traditional oil gas and coal industries that use only non-renewable foreign oil and gas.

The use of black liquor gasification has the potential to achieve higher overall energy efficiency while generating an energy-rich syngas from the liquor created from the kraft process when digesting pulpwood into paper pulp. You get 7 tons of fuel for every 1 ton of paper pulp. The syngas can be burnt in a gas turbine combined cycle or converted through catalytic processes into chemicals or fuels such as methanol, dimethyl ether (DME), or F-T diesel. This gasification technology is currently under operation in a 3 MW pilot plant at Chemrec’s test facility in Pitea, Sweden. The DME synthesis step will be added in 2010 in the "BioDME" project, supported by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), and the Swedish Energy Agency.

Posted by: lwatkins4 | March 3, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Easy way to reduce more than 10 billion is to bring most of the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan this year. Somehow I doubt if Bunning and Republican reactionaries would support this common sense approach.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent
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What? They aren't home yet?

The Democrats had a supermajority for 1 year and didn't bring our troops home? Isn't this what they kept saying for Bush to do?

The Dems could have done anything and passed any legislation in the last year and the Republicans didn't have the power to stop them. Now that someone says to play by the rules they just touted (with great fanfare as I recall) 2 weeks earlier people get upset.


How to pay for this? Yep, rescind all of Bush's tax cuts, right now that's a starter.

Posted by: catmomtx
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Simple question. Have you figured out how much you save because of the Bush tax cuts? Are you sending that money to the treasury to help pay down the debt that Obama has racked up? He racked up more debt in one year than Bush did in 8. Put your money where your mouth is or you are just another Dem hypocrite!

ALL senate Republicans VOTED AGAINST Pay-go in January! - but now they're for it?!?
ha!

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

Posted by: angie12106
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Exactly! I don't understand your problem with it? The Republicans didn't want it because they knew it wouldn't be followed by the Democrats. It did pass and now the Republicans want to see the Democrats follow the law. You can not like a law and still expect it to be followed.

It amazes me the ignorance of the Dems on this board. You chide someone for asking that a law that the Democrats passed actually be followed. You should be siding with him and showing that you believe the law was good and that you want your representatives to live up to what they preach.

Posted by: williambaker1 | March 3, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Bunning for standing up to these Congressional CRIMINALS! Reid is a slimy weasel with absolutely no class and no integrity.

Posted by: ricardo4max | March 3, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. It looks like Bunning was right.....where was the PayGo? So they'll be back to square one, looking for money for the bill they want to pass.

Posted by: ValleyForge1 | March 3, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Bunning simply did what Democrats voted for---asked for PAYGO....all of you condemning him need to go back to PAYGO's source, the President, to complain.

Oh, and what was accomplished--unemployment pay for two FULL years...that will definitely (NOT) get the economy back on track.

Posted by: mil1 | March 3, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Repuplicans measns RICH
Democrats Means RICH
IT is time for REAL DEMOCRACY!!!!
Bunning should HAVE to be UNEMPLOYED!!!!!

Posted by: elirwin01 | March 3, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

bunning must be UNEMPLOYED!!!!!!!

Posted by: elirwin01 | March 3, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

The extent of the pervasive media bias in astounding given the fact that neither the Washington Post, NPR, or CNN (who continuously ran the Bunning story like a public TV fund-raising marathon)included the relationship of the "PAYGO" legislation signed by Obama to great media fanfare on Feb. 13th, just two weeks ago. Bunning's contention was that this unfunded legislation was a blatant repudiation of the "fiscal responsibility" touted by the Dems and the sychophant media in the PAYGO law. By seeking an exception for the first bill to arise since the passage of this bill was hypocritical. However the failure of the media to even MENTION PAYGO in the "Bunning story" was well beyond hypocritical; it smacked of collusion and censorship. The "mainstream media" is simply despicable.

Posted by: NCMike | March 2, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"Read the Constitution, maxandmurray. The "rule" is majority vote. The 60-vote thing is an agreement within the Senate itself and has nothing to do with what the Founding Fathers implied
Posted by: BigTrees"

Read your history. The Constitution adopts and builds upon English common law. The filibuster is a tradition of the English republic-democracy and of all republic-democracies going back to the Roman Senate. The transition from one Senator holding onto the floor to a block of no less than 41 Senators to block the legislature is a reasonable and consistent with the democratic tradition of the filibuster.

Furthermore the founding fathers greatly feared populism. They did not want an ideology to takeover Washington over the span of 2-4 years to pass substantial laws and seek to redefine the structure of government. They fully intended the Senate to be obstructionist and delay the agenda to allow for the greater public to speak, a full airing of grievances and reason, not ideology and populism, to rule.

In our republic-democracy, majority does not rule outright. Rather, the majority has responsibilities and minority rights.

Posted by: cprferry | March 2, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with andykaz. The article points out what people said without giving some sort of indication of the actual facts. Was it paid for or not? One of them was wrong. Which one? I look to the Post to do at least some research and let us know!! Point out the one who is misleading us! Call them out!

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

The drunken, crazy nut of a Rethuglican US Senator voted for the first Bush tax cut in 2001 that wasn't paid for, the second Bush tax cut in 2003 that wasn't paid for and the 2004 Medicare Drug "Benefit" (benefit to the drug companies, that is), that you guessed it, wasn't paid for!

Is this nut for real?

Posted by: jsmith33351 | March 2, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Pershing,

Bunning says this extension wasn't paid for, and Reid says it was paid for. This article seems a little pointless (aside from attracting partisan slop in the comments) without the truth of whether it was paid for or whether it will add to the deficit.

Posted by: andykaz | March 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

When you tuck your little boy or girl in tonight, think about the money that they now owe and imagine the horror on their innocent faces if they only understood. You will be gone, they will still be paying, and the media will still be blaming the Democrats and the Republicans.
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Does the above poster own their house free and clear? In the modern world most normal people have large mortgage debt.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 2, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

When you tuck your little boy or girl in tonight, think about the money that they now owe and imagine the horror on their innocent faces if they only understood. You will be gone, they will still be paying, and the media will still be blaming the Democrats and the Republicans.
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Does the above poster own their house free and clear? In the modern world most normal people have large mortgage debt.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 2, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I think we, the lowly citizenry, are more concerned with unemployment than a government run health care bill. So many in government and the ruling class are REALLY out of touch. There is a big wake up call scheduled for November. Look out Democrats... and some of you Republicans too!

Posted by: art202 | March 2, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame Bunning. Had Obama and the rest of the Dem leadership spent the first year doing something productive - like creating the environment for an economic turnaround, then Bunning wouldn't have gone down this road. Instead, Obama spent the majority of this past year unnecessarily apologizing to the rest of the world, taking over auto makers, and trying to ram through an ill-advised HC proposal. Talk about screwed up priorities...

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | March 2, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

How did Sen Bunning become the most powerful man in America overnight? He can single handedly stop the US Congress in its tracks? What up with that? But he has a valid point. We need to reduce our spending and increase revenues to keep our government from the insolvency it is heading toward.

Posted by: garrett66 | March 2, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

muawiyah - Listen, you have misinterpreted my comments. I am all for encouraging people who used to work in retail stores changing their careers to make parts for the space shuttle in their garages. But you see, I am also in favor of extending unemployment benefits to them during their career transition. It can't be easy to do this overnight. Also I would respectfully point out that the market for parts for the government-run shuttle program has dried up a bit now that it has been canceled.

Posted by: PeterIII | March 2, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so hard on Bunning. All he wanted was for all of the unemployed people to be home when the next Kentucky basketball game was on TV.

Posted by: clayton4 | March 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

jim82's post from 3/2/10 at 9:41 PM is worth framing. I am disgusted by the lack of integrity, guts and spine shown by the GOP today. To HE## with what the media and Democrats think! Why can't the old elephants push back and stand up for something for a change?
jim82, thank you for saying what has to be said about small business owners who are the so-called "rich" in the eyes of our government. In their narrow minds, "jobs" are apparently defined as government bureaucracies; union-labor, short-term make work projects or pie-in-the-sky "green" technology. What happens to the work force when those make-work projects are completed? The private sector always will be the primary job engine in this country, and our inept "leaders" have choked off the oxygen and fuel supply. When some talking head spouts off about "jobs," we need to have the onions to stand up and ask, are you talking about PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT? Has anyone ever gotten a job from a homeless person? Job creators are being forced down the path of least resistance- out of states like Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, Cally-fornia and everywhere else a liberal government is in charge. Jobs won't flourish and our economy won't recover when the idiots in charge keep taxing and regulating the stuffin' out of entrepreneurs, risk-takers and would-be employers. The best "jobs bill" is one that lowers taxes and cuts regulations so businesses can grow and hire people- this isn't hard to understand, folks.

Posted by: AcadGrad81 | March 2, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

just another bug eyed, self-admitted White Supremist...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 2, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

'Roid rage? Dementia? Narcissistic personality disorder? Just plain meaness? This senator never objected to the GOP spending us into this hole when Bush was in. All of a sudden he cares about the budget? BS.

Posted by: littledog | March 2, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"Bunning is an American hero."

-- Yeah, that's a real profile in courage. Comfortably preening in Washington while forcing families around the country to go without paychecks in the service of your heroic stand.

What a pathetic schmuck. The perfect symbol of the modern Republican Party.

Posted by: a_lafollette | March 2, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Who truly won, now that Sen. Jim Bunning ends holdout to extend unemployment benefits? Poll

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

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Posted by: usadblake | March 2, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Dang, y'all! I wish our Senator Bunning had been there for the budget debate over that pesky ol' eight year messiness in Iraq. We still don' know how that's gon' be paid for...

Posted by: ceblakeney | March 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

To several of the people on this website that have accused the republicans of not voting for PayGo!!

Quick Lesson in Government

Do you idiots know what an Amendment is?

Its an addition added at the last minute to a greater all encompassing bill.

That BIll was to Increase the National Debt Ceiling to 14 Trillion, which is why Republicans did not support PayGo, In order to vote for it they would have had to Vote for the Debt Ceiling increase

You thought you did your research, by going to the senate website.... guess you should have dug deeper.

Posted by: h0tpl8 | March 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Only a Republican Rich Bas*ard would block a bill giving benefits to those unemployed because of Republican policies! The bankers and investors get windfall bonuses for losing money, the PEOPLE of the United States suffer - what ilk are Republicans. Idiots. Morons. Useless wastes of protoplasm - Republicans. The planet is better off without any Republicans! The end of their party would benefit all humanity.

Posted by: FordPrefect | March 2, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

What the senator from Kentucky was tryig to do was understandable, the only problem is that we are too far gone for bravado!! At this point, our politicians have allowed for the baking elites to take our country completely over. They know that if they were to stop unemployment benefits, they would be staring a full on revoluton right in the face!!! Americans are finally waking up to all the lies. The Federal Reserve, which is not a branch of our government, but an independent central bank that has been bleeding this country of it's wealth since 1913!!! They have orchestrated these financial crisis' in order to plunder our country and the American people!!! AMERICA WAKE UP!!!
www.AmericaWakeUpNow.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUPNOW | March 2, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What a moron. Contest a vote as you walk out the door while still on the retirement dole. If you were NOBLE, you would defer your bountiful government pension and stand behind your beliefs. Will you do this???

Our youth did this as they gave their lives for Bushs' war. Will you? You are OLD!

I am waiting.....

The rich never give away their GOVERNMENT derived wealth!

Will you Senator Bunning?

Posted by: jjcmadison | March 2, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's the real irony: the Congress that is funding extended unemployment benefits with money we don't have voted for bill after bill that sent jobs overseas forever.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Extension of benefits finally

Congratulations Senate

Posted by: wtomany | March 2, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Extension of benefits finally

Congratulations Senate

Posted by: wtomany | March 2, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is an American hero. Now we need 99 others to stand up and accept accountability for the fiscal health of this nation.

Posted by: pitcoken | March 2, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

+++++++++++++++++++

Yes, like these heroic guys behaved, fiscally, during Reagan's 8 years and Bush II's 8 years.... during 2 "small government" presidents who, combined, added roughly 85% of all of America's national debts....

All the other presidents, GOP and Dems, Whigs, what-not..... all of them added the other remaining 15% or so percent....

Posted by: HerLao | March 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

His "ethics" didn't waver... but when his secretary told him he had 50,000 calls from Kentucky, jamming their phone lines --- hard working state and people... hit hard by the recession ... with thousands needing a little temporary help --- asking what the heck Bunning was doing... he had a sudden revelation...

Posted by: HerLao | March 2, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Bunning & the Republican Party should have thought about controlling the nations debt, before they voted several times under the Bush administration to drive the debt into the trillions.

Fools!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 2, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel

As I read your post I am convinced you're a perfect candidate for the next opening for village idiot. Bush currently occupies the position so you may need to wait.

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 2, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

PeterIII ~ typical of so many Democrats you are unable to think beyond hamburger flipping and sales clerk positions.

I grew up in a neighborhood where virtually every garage had some sort of small business associated with it ~ and every small business had 2 to a dozen full or part time employees.

We once drove around with a gentleman who was a top end space satellite designer looking for addresses where folks built equipment for the space shuttle (among other things). He was amazed that so many of them were just garages in the midst of mixed residential/light industry districts.

I converted him to Republicanism on the spot. Took him out and held his head down in a water filled ditch until he relented and admitted the Democrats were wrong to think of all jobs as being in Seven-Eleven or McDonalds, or maybe folks taking extended coffee breaks in UMW plants (otherwise shut down for retooling).

Posted by: muawiyah | March 2, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

For over a year the GOP have selected a member to block/stall a Bill that would help Americans in hopes of making sure Obama and the USA Failed. Senator Bunning got his turn but it back fired and now the GOP will say it was Obama's fault. Yes Americans have watched the best show as the GOP is doing the best they can to destroy Obama and blame the Recession on him. Not one Republican Leader stepped in to stop this as they all set back and watched. Their so stupid none realized their own States would be effected. Bunning spoke for the GOP when he said Tough sh*t and gave the people his middle finger. The GOP took pride in giving Iraq 2 billion dollars a day for 6 years and told Iraq they didn't have to pay it back to the US taxpayers. Americans pay into unemployment and some have never been unemployed yet the GOP calls it Welfare.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | March 2, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad even Bunning can't explain what he's after, except to express an urge to destroy America.

Pretty much speaks for the rest of the GOP.

Posted by: lichtme | March 2, 2010 9:58 PM"

And you think that subsidies to the paper industry for "black liquor" is sound economic policy? Wealth transfers to cronies of congress are sucking the life blood from this country.

Posted by: GRILLADES | March 2, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad even Bunning can't explain what he's after, except to express an urge to destroy America.

Pretty much speaks for the rest of the GOP."

Too bad Democrats think that wealth transfer subsidies like those for "black liquor" is sound economic policy. No wonder we're in such bad shape.

Posted by: GRILLADES | March 2, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Bunning wanted payback his fellow republicans who are forcing him to retire so he threw a tantrum disguised as a fiscal conservative. Using "paygo" law that he voted against last month is the biggest joke of all, but it is what republicans do: they vote against something and later take credit for it.(stimulus, medicare, social security, etc) This is sad that inter-republican disagreements become the source of disruption/inaction for the whole country.

Posted by: info22 | March 2, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

So much has been said and most of it is much like what I have to say, but I must say it. Bunning may not be right in objecting to the bill, but he made a lot of people think twice. As far as the unemployment insurance is concerned, it is a two sided sword. Many of the unemployed are not looking for jobs, they can make more off the unemployment insurance than they can going to work in a job less than that check. There are people who need this money but it should be paid for and not increase the budget. So many dems/libs just want to send and send and send. Pay for it by cutting back some other social program. As Durbin said, we will better off with people back to work but he is not adding to employment with this bill. And I wished he would talk to the senate instead of looking into the tv cameras on CSpan.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | March 2, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is an American hero. Now we need 99 others to stand up and accept accountability for the fiscal health of this nation.

Posted by: pitcoken | March 2, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse


Too bad even Bunning can't explain what he's after, except to express an urge to destroy America.

Pretty much speaks for the rest of the GOP.

Posted by: lichtme | March 2, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment Insurance Is Not A Permanent Vacation

President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats was playing games on Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-KY) objection of spending another $10 billion on temporary jobless bill legislation without reimbursement. Sen. Reid’s game was merely for political gain, all at the expense of the unemployed and taxpayers. This $10 billion will now be added to the taxpayers’ bill which is adding more to our out-of-control national debt. When does it end? Someday, somehow, this debt must be repaid. Do any of these liberal democrats even care? The liberal ‘mean stream’ media supports the big spenders, even when there is no authorized validation. Is this the motivation as to why so many Americans are turning away from the ‘mean stream’ media?

I saw one video clip on Fox News Channel where a laid off teacher has been drawing unemployment pay for more than two years. This seems as if the National Education Association (NEA) Union is taking good care of their own. This lady needs to go out and find her another job even with less pay, if necessary, than whatever she was receiving previously. Unemployment insurance is to protect the unemployed for a limited period of time, not for a permanent vacation, just another justification as to our out-of-control job costs and expanding deficit spending.

What this stopgap jobless legislation now means is President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats have pressured Sen. Bunning into approving the spending of another $10 billion of taxpayers’ funds, without any question whatsoever; putting it onto the national debt. President Obama and liberal Capitol Hill Democrats tell us they honor ‘Pay As You GO’ (PAYGO) legislation. This stopgap jobless legislation is just another example as to how those on Capitol Hill perjure themselves against their own honor. They assure PAYGO, and do the opposite; leaving the taxpayers to pay the bills. Again, the ‘mean stream’ media allows the liberals to spend and spend, and then fail to report the particulars of unpaid legislation.

How much more, and how much longer is President Obama and liberal Capitol Hill Democrats willing to spend on borrowed money, sending the bills to Americans’ taxpayers? America is financially broke. Next time you hear Capitol Hill Democrats tell you that they practice PAYGO, you can tell them that is just ‘another lie’. This continuous massive debt is being left to our children, our grandchildren, and their descendants, or to another system of government. When will it end?

Oscar Y. Harward
oharward@carolina.rr.com
http://conservativechristianvoice.blogspot.com

Posted by: oharward | March 2, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans leaned on Bunning. He was shining a harsh searchlight on the GOP's essence of selfish greed. He was saying to millions of Americans who lost their jobs in the Bush/Republican near Great Depression II that they were on their own. Forget their and their children's medical insurance stop-gap under COBRA. Tough bush, Bunning said.
He relented under pressure when his fellow Republicans got it into his head that his brutal display of indifference was bringing unbearable heat on all Republican senators.
A rare, open display of the ugly core of Republican selfishness and greed.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | March 2, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Senator Bunning is correct. Time to put these Democrats on the spot to see how committed they are to their "pay go" rule. There is plenty of unspent money in the stimulus bill piggy bank. that money could have been used to pay for this bill. Oh, yeah, that would have left them with a little less to spend around election time in an effort to buy votes!

Posted by: savvyj2 | March 2, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I know it does not play well, but Bunning, ornery as he is, had a point: the extended benefits will not be paid for by US taxpayers; rather, they will be paid for by further borrowing from China. If the benefits are so important, Congress and the President ought to be able to find a way to pay for them without increasing the deficit, without increasing further our debt obligation to China. Consider, as well, that scores of useless programs are being financed by borrowing more and more from China, such as the useless education program Obama announced earlier this week, and the ridiculous $10 billion anti-obesity program run by Mrs. Obama. Where is the discipline? Where is the leadership? Where is the outrage!

Posted by: farpq | March 2, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

When you tuck your little boy or girl in tonight, think about the money that they now owe and imagine the horror on their innocent faces if they only understood. You will be gone, they will still be paying, and the media will still be blaming the Democrats and the Republicans.

Posted by: websmith1 | March 2, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bunning you are a complete... Quit wasting tax payers money. So glad to see you are going. Crazy old man just get going, going, gone.and don 't let the door hit you in the ...Good riddance.

Posted by: audrey2010 | March 2, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

104 trillion in unfunded mandates.
12.4 trillion in debt.

The partygoers on the Titanic ask for more sea water. One man warns them of the danger of opening the hull even further.

Posted by: EliPeyton | March 2, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is an ejaculation that should have been swallowed a long time ago. He is a bitter old hag behaving like he didn't get enough hugs from his mommy.

Posted by: marksquarepants | March 2, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Bunning got something more than what was put out in this article. What was it??? FYI, when Bunning retires he will be able to take with him all the money in his "Reelection Campagain Account." $1 dollar or $20mil dollars and it's ALL TAX FREE. TAX FREE. How much was he worth when he came to congress??? How much is he worth when he leaves???? Anybody know ???? WE should care!!!!

Posted by: doughboy96 | March 2, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is an ejaculation that should have been swallowed a long time ago. He is a bitter old hag behaving like he didn't get enough hugs from his mommy.

Posted by: marksquarepants | March 2, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I am a small business owner with about ten mostly part-time employees and payroll of $100,000.

Small potatoes, sure. My take home is about half of the payroll.

This month my contribution to the state unemployment fund increases to 3% of payroll. What it means is that 5% of my income has just been re-directed to the state for redistribution to the unemployed.

You a$$h@)#$ think that this is fair? Let me put it this way, if every employed was forced to pay an extra 5% of his or her salary directly into the unemployment fund as their contribution for this year, I guarantee you there will be a wholesale change in Congress come election time.

But the entitlement society has more votes than those of us who venture out to try to start something.

I am applying for jobs with the Federal Government, easy hours, great pay, great benefits, sit around and talk about American Idol all day because many of those services are not really important enough, then collect a guaranteed tax payer funded pension and health care benefits package paid for by the private sector.

Oh yes, government work, taxpayer money, here I am hire me. Then my little tax generating business can go under, I will have more time on my hands, more benefits, ...oh, but what happens when there aren't enough extra taxes to pay because I am not working 70 hours a week? Guess the boss will borrow more from China, then when they want the money back and he can't pay, maybe he can give them Goldman Sachs, unless they want GE instead. Or maybe Apple or Microsoft. Lord knows we owe them enough we might have to send all the stock in the entire S&P 500 to China to pay our debts.

Because I sure can't do it by myself anymore.

But Nancy Pelosi can spend more in booze on her government chartered flights than I make in a couple of years, yeah right.

My biggest problem with all this is that I have to face the man in the mirror every day and ask if I am really a leech on society, is that what I want to be?

Posted by: jim82 | March 2, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

In 2004 a bill for a suplemental spending package to fund Iraqnam was brought to the senate totalling 87 billion. bush never actually added Iraqnam to the budget so he could fudge the numbers every year. Senate Democrats proposed rescinding one of the massive corporate handouts that republicons had just passed in order to pay for it. It was one of those tax cuts that injected too much investment capital into the markets and drove the housing bubble, although that is just another part of the republicon debacle...

any way --- a fellow named Kerry voted in favor of that funding bill because it paid for the 87 billion. republicons including mr. "fiscal conservative" bunning stripped that funding provision out and instead borrowed the 87 billion. That year republicons used a misleading "he was for it before he was against it" campaign agains the war hero senator Kerry in his presiential bid. It was one of the nasty dirty lies that helped royal skrew the nation by fooling just enough people into voting for the worst president in modern history, or perhapos all our history.

bunning was no fiscal conservative then. He was no fiscal conservative when bush handed out 1.3 trillion to millionaires. He was no fiscal conservative when the Estate tax was up for repeal. He was no fiscal conservative in voting for 8 consecutive bush bank busting budgets -- deficits run for no real purpose, and defitis that actually helped cause the bush republicon depression of 2007.

So spare us the hero talk. bunning is about as heroic as that nut who flew into the IRS building, and he is even less principled than the criminal nut cases who flew planes into the WTC. At least they had a cause they beleived in twsited and sick and vile and murderous as it was, not just pure unmitigated greed motivating them. At least they stood by their actual principles, not like republicons who pretend to have principles while condeming children to stavation and families to bankruptcy and homelessness.

Posted by: John1263 | March 2, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

muawiyah - So what is the secret of creating jobs that I don't know about? Don't give me that "cut taxes for small business' mantra. The dozens of boarded-up stores and restaurants in my neighborhood did not go under because their owners were over-taxed. The stores, in particular, went under because of steep rents and the competition from Walmart and the internet, and every time one closed a large number of people lost their jobs. What precisely are you thinking the people who worked in these stores should do now? And how do they feed themselves while they re-train for whatever it is you have in mind for them?

Posted by: PeterIII | March 2, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

if you dont have a job in a year - STARVE! that is all you get on the public money.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 2, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"It's been a long time since Bunning threw a brush back pitch as effective."

Yes, I'm sure in Bunning's fevered imagination the crowds are cheering as shoots everyone a bird.

Posted by: rodneythecat | March 2, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

catmomtx ~ everybody knows that the Demcrats don't give a damned about the recent highschool and college graduates who have NOT gotten jobs at all and are not eligible for unemployment!

You people have to straighten up and fly right for once. Tens of millions are unemployed and you are focusing on the plight of a few thousand ~ reminds me so much of Jim and Tammy Faye who wanted us to prove our high moral standards by giving money to build a house for Jim's cousin.

Nope, not buying it now, not buying it then. Democrats make a pretense of talking about helping the poor man, but they're really only interested in the big banks and financiers they gave all the TARP money to.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 2, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

PeterIII ~ alas, it would seem that your kind are unwilling to do what is necessary to help those who've NEVER gotten a job to get one.

Jobs must be created. Simply extending unemployment only helps a small portion of the unemployed in the midst of the Obama Depression.

You will need to give up some of your frivolous, non-job creating government programs filled to the top with waste and fraud.

Jobs first; then we talk.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 2, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning never took a principled stand in his entire career in the Senate. This was Bunning wanting something, either one last thorn in Mitch McConnell's side or a library named the Jim Bunning Memorial library. If Bunning was going to take a stand for deficits he would have voted for pay-go legislation, instead he voted no and that was just last month. Bunning is a king-size jerk and no one will be sad he is retiring, including his Republican colleagues.

Posted by: merrylees | March 2, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid you suffer from terminal naivete if you believe everything the government does is to protect you and your children. Clearly, you have never worked for the government and witnessed first-hand the waste and frivolous spending on things that don't even have anything to do with an Agency's mission. Why is it that you don't mind being taken advantage of by the government bureaucracy which is now so large and powerful that it can take virtually everything you have?
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The Government isn't an IT. It is a collection of American people working, just like in Corp America. The people who work for the Government have an obligation to report the waste. It's called the Whistle Blower law. If more people would do that and stop complaining about the "Government" as if it were a living breathing thing, we could all save money. If you saw it and didn't report it then you are complicit in the waste. That's the way I see it. I witnessed a cashier in the Commissary giving away groceries by pretending to swipe them and them taking $50 for the person for his pocket. I reported him he got fired and prosecuted. I felt great.

Posted by: Julescator | March 2, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I am employed, thank God. And I am absolutely willing to pay MORE taxes to help those who have been kicked out of their jobs through no fault of their own.

I am willing to pay MORE taxes to pay for a war that is attempting to restore order in a miserable backward part of the world. (A part of the world that spawns hatreds that create terrorists who would try to attack me and my family.)

I am willing to pay MORE taxes to pay for better roads and cleaner parks and more hospitals and better trained teachers and higher-paid firefighters.

Why is is that only the selfish unpatriotic hoarders who want to keep every dime they make for their own personal consumption of Chinese-made consumer gadgets or tasteless Mc Mansions or fatty snacks are getting all the attention?

How come no one speaks for those of us who are willing and able to pay MORE taxes to continue to maintain America as the great country we once were and can be once again?

Posted by: PeterIII | March 2, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It's been a long time since Bunning threw a brush back pitch as effective.

Posted by: josettes | March 2, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

JIM BUNNING IS AN UNABASHED WACKO WHITE SUPREMACISTS....PERIOD!!!!


Posted by: demtse | March 2, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Bunning was holding this bill hostage in exchage for changing the law on estate taxes so that people in Kentucky with over $10 million would NOT have to pay estate taxes. So that covers Bunning and the Horse ranchers and trainers. I will guarantee you that MOST people in Kentucky do not have $10 million Estates. Well perhaps he can encourage them to Kick the bucket this year - there is NOT Estate Taxes for anyone who passes away in 2010. The is goes back to $1 million and above have to pay taxes on their estates.

Posted by: Julescator | March 2, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

ALL senate Republicans VOTED AGAINST Pay-go in January! - but now they're for it?!?
ha!

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

Posted by: angie12106 | March 2, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

America is obviously full of slackers and people described as shiftless and lazy.

There are jobs out there and I get pinged, ALL THE TIME.
Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness

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This is about the most ridiculous garbage I have ever seen. I guess the idea is that the reason unemployment suddenly went up a couple years ago is that a lot of people who had been working suddenly became lazy and shiftless and quit their jobs. Nobody was laid off, and the data about six applications for every available job is communist propaganda. The drying up of credit resulting from the destructive behavior of the big bank executives had nothing to do with this. Tell us, sir, about the vast majority of professional economists who support this kind of nonsense. Give us the vast number of studies based on real data which support this garbage.

Posted by: twm1 | March 2, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid you suffer from terminal naivete if you believe everything the government does is to protect you and your children. Clearly, you have never worked for the government and witnessed first-hand the waste and frivolous spending on things that don't even have anything to do with an Agency's mission. Why is it that you don't mind being taken advantage of by the government bureaucracy which is now so large and powerful that it can take virtually everything you have?

Posted by: SavingGrace | March 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

the decline and fall of ancient rome

was assured

once the majority of citizenry

cease work and demanded only bread and circuses from the govt

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Senator Jim Bunning, should be censured by the seante. Then tared and feathered and check the train schedule.

Posted by: crrobin | March 2, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Senator Jim Bunning, should be censured by the seante. Then tared and feathered and check the train schedule.

Posted by: crrobin | March 2, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Note to the Senate, reform the rules or send all the votes to the South. No reason to employ Senators from elsewhere - welfare fraud to accept a pay check.

Posted by: BillKeller | March 2, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Pay as you go. What is so hard to understand? Even a self-appointed, childish, ego-centric member of the intelligentisia should be able to figure it out.

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Of course the Republicans in their fiscal rectitude eliminated this when they were in charge to push through tax cuts for the rich (via reconciliation BTW). The Dems put it back in.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | March 2, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

It takes a Republican to describe highway safety and unemployment benefits as "wasteful spending". Just remember, when Republicans talk about cutting spending, what they're talking about is cutting back on what the government does to protect you and your kids.

Posted by: jeffwacker | March 2, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I still think it would have been faster, more productive, and have better long term results had someone just dragged Bunning out into an alley someplace downtown and beaten him senseless. The results afterwards would have probably changed his opinions some on issues of health care.

Posted by: Nymous | March 2, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"Thank you Senator Bunning for trying to stop the spending madness.
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are liars. They passed pay as you go legislation (Pay-Go) to prevent passing bills that are not paid for. Now we know they had no intention of stopping their excessive and wasteful spending."......

Democrats are crazy and are liars! They are intent on making the American Taxpayer suffer for generations. WE have got to make them accountable this November.

Posted by: happyday3 | March 2, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is an arse. Bunning played his political hand picture perfect and brought Reid to his knees! The American people won this one thanks to a stubborn, old crank named Bunning.

Posted by: InHarmsWay | March 2, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

twm1 wrote:

Bunning has simply revealed the true Republican policy: punish the unemployed.
The unemployed are responsible for all America's problems. If they will only starve, then everything will be fine.
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catmomtx wrote:

How to pay for this? Yep, rescind all of Bush's tax cuts, right now that's a starter.
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99 weeks of welfare isn't enough for you lazy dock monkeys? The $5,000 "sign-on bonus," spread over 99 weeks wasn't enough? Subsidized COBRA wasn't enough?

America is obviously full of slackers and people described as shiftless and lazy.

There are jobs out there and I get pinged, ALL THE TIME.

In fact, I work TWO JOBS, one full-time and one part-time.

Sen. Jim Bunning brought out the facts, that this Congress is drunk with power and is on a spending-spree. Not only do they not take any of the "Stimulus Money" for this purpose, but now, we'll have to pay more for paper. By the way, in Georgetown, SC, the International Paper Mill is the last major business in town. Thank you "Worthless" Reid. How many jobs have you "created or saved?"

Not in any part of our history has there been this many extensions (not "cuts") in unemployment compensation.

This is not only a joke, but a sad commentary on those who choose not to work or make a dilligent effort to improve their lot in life and for their "health care reform, STEAL 1/2 TRILLION DOLLARS from the Medicare Trust Fund.

Come Nov. 2010 and 2012, payback to these morons who suck off the system, will come in a swift and furious moment.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 2, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It continues to amaze me that people still cleave "religiously" to the "truth" of the reactionary rhetoric that holds that the GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility. When in fact the whole gain in our national debt since 1980 is directly attributable to Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bush Repeat (http://zfacts.com/p/318.html). Thanks to these fine gentlemen, their unfunded wars and mandates, and irresponsible stewardship of the American economy we find ourselves wanting when a little deficit spending would go a long way to helping so many. Especially those whose income has been so ill served by those same gentlemen(http://www.faculty.fairfield.edu/faculty/hodgson/Courses/so11/stratification/income&wealth.htm) (http://www.levy.org/pubs/wp_502.pdf)

I think if we were a little less intellectually lazy as a people, we might stop simply accepting others "truths" and dig out the facts ourselves. It is the only way out of oligarchy and back to democracy. There is good reason conservatives refuse to support public education. A well educated society would realize how ill used they are by conservative institutions.

Posted by: johnnydough69 | March 2, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/10/27_lakoff.shtml
"Framing the issues: UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff tells how conservatives use language to dominate politics"

Posted by: foofoofoo | March 2, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Then the very dark years. A drunk and national guard deserter ended up in the White House. How? We don't know because Florida was not allowed to count its votes in 2000. Funny thing, that. And in 2004 Ohio couldn't find all the voting machines the next day for their law-mandated recount. And Republicans claim to support the Constitution and laws of the United States of America. Bull! SCOTUS has been replaced by SCORP (promounced Es-Copr) - Supreme Court Of the Republican Party. Barclay's Bank, a BIG British corporation, now has more rights in the United States than all the voters put together.

However 43 (doesn't deserve a name) got into office and stayed there the facts still remain. His first act was that behind-closed-doors public energy policy summit led by Cheney attended by oilmen and handpicked cronies. The major result was an assertion that conservation for energy was NOT part of a comprehensive energy policy which should focus on growing our oil consumption and acquiring oil reserves for our national security. The delusions had begun and none of us saw where this would lead, beyond the rampant pollution and larger vehicles to tear up the roads faster and consume vast quantities of resources to build.

43 also started an unwinnable war against a concept - terrorism. He may as well have declared war on the color blue. His real reasons were 1) Iraqi oil, and 2) show daddy how to fight a real war. 43 later admitted he didn't intend to finish it but leave it for his successor to clean up his mess. While 43 was busy screwing up the rest of the world his regime halted all manner of oversight and accountability and sat twiddling their thumbs while the economy came apart. Experts had been warning for years the housing market was going to explode, but 43 didn't see that coming, or that banks were loaning the kitchen sink to third grade dropouts to purchase homes beyond their wildest dreams. And it all blew up just as predicted.

And that is where we sit today, with the same right-wing radical members of Congress who caused this disaster and don't have a clue on how to fix 40 years of very bad fiscal policy blocking any attempts at mitigating the misery the GOP has caused this country. We are teetering on the brink of the greatest depression to hit the world since the dark ages and a handful of senile, delusional ideologues sitting in the ruins of their failed life long philosophy trying to pull the rest of us into the abyss with them.

There is only one decent way out for these decrepit messengers of misery - resign. All of them. Every last Republican in Congress should resign in shame and humility. There is two generations worth of damage to fix and if they won't get out of the way then the are the problem.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 2, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Read the Constitution, maxandmurray. The "rule" is majority vote. The 60-vote thing is an agreement within the Senate itself and has nothing to do with what the Founding Fathers implied regardless of Orin Hatch's disingenuous fantasies. The Senate imposed that 60-vote thing decades ago and repass it at the beginning of each and every session.

What we do need in this country is a way to help 15 million unemployed workers and their dependents. Add in another 14 million underemployed, 40 million in poverty and 1 million state and local government workers loosing their jobs this year due to budget cuts and it really looks like the greatest depression in United States history.

What caused this depression? 40 years of failed Republican fiscal policy. Nixon was forced to end a war but didn't have a plan. Ford spent his short time in office trying some union busting so didn't clean up Nixon's mess. Poor Jimmy Carter.

Then the dark years - Reaganomics and the rape of the American worker. Reagan caused the worst recession since the 1930s with his massive taxcuts for the rich and cutting off revenue sharing. That sent the states scrambling for billions in lost revenue, which caused budget cuts and rising taxes. When Reagan left office the average American paid more in taxes, government was bigger, the deficit tripled, held hostage by "managed healthcare," and we were well on our way to exporting almost 10 million manufacturing jobs. In other words, the failed actor broke our economy. For sure he manufactured an S&L crisis so his banking buddies could buy up all those profitable assets. Adding insult to injury, Reagan tried selling the national parks to his industrialist friends on top of closing hundreds of military bases to sell off the choicest land to his banking buddies again, a program continued even during 43's "war on terror." And 43's daddy couldn't fix it. He had a war to fight.

1995 brought in Gingrich's Contract On America. That was the last straw for government. Bill Frist, Tom DeLay and "Newt" Gingrich managed to bring Congress to a halt. Three day work weeks for Congress, junkets on taxpayers backs, an phony impeachment to avenge the Nixon resignation, selling out the healthcare system to the insurance companies, dirty water, dirty air, education cuts, more deregulation... Two of those three were forced out of office for corruption, the third is under investigation by the SEC for crimes committed while he was Senate Majority Leader. But with all that, Bill Clinton was the first President to leave a balanced budget since Woodrow Wilson.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 2, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Another rightwinger goes down in flames.

Posted by: dudh | March 2, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Another rightwinger goes down in flames.

Posted by: dudh | March 2, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Bunning for trying to stop the spending madness.
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are liars. They passed pay as you go legislation (Pay-Go) to prevent passing bills that are not paid for. Now we know they had no intention of stopping their excessive and wasteful spending.

Posted by: runmon | March 2, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Yep. I was correct. Bunning is merely asking for the Democrats to follow pay-go.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704548604575097632988425818.html

Posted by: cprferry | March 2, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

All Right!

A Republican scores a victory for Paygo!

Yeah Democracy!

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Posted by: michaelniland | March 2, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen this article on CNN.com?
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/26/liberals.atheists.sex.intelligence/index.html
"Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ"
"Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly."

Posted by: foofoofoo | March 2, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The truth is a country like the United states cannot EVER be"out of money" or bankrupt.Its a complete myth perpatrated by the right wing nuts and Rush followers.

Posted by: hyroller56 | March 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Bunning has simply revealed the true Republican policy: punish the unemployed.
The unemployed are responsible for all America's problems. If they will only starve, then everything will be fine.

Posted by: twm1 | March 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

How to pay for this? Yep, rescind all of Bush's tax cuts, right now that's a starter.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think our government can't stoop any lower...
Just keep screwing the people, keep playing your little games (dems and GOP alike). Go waste your time on someone else's dime.

I bet it gets awful hot on the ground floor of the "Senators only" elevator. It's the button labeled "H", please use it. For everyone's sake. How many senators can you stuff in that elevator, any way?

Posted by: spookykat1 | March 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

this guy and all republican are still krazy kentucky klowns (kkk) and fools who put party before country.

Posted by: seasail | March 2, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Sen. Jim Bunning took a beating today. He is being lambasted, mocked and ridiculed as a crazy old man who has lost his bearings. Why? Because Bunning insisted that Congress pay for its lastest spending spree -- $10 Billion in an emergency Transportation and unemployment funding measure that Congress has not funded.

Bunning doesn't oppose the bill -- just the fact that Congress once again is spending money without funding the spending. They are just adding another $10 Billion to the deficit! Plus, as Bunning points out, just a few weeks ago Congress passed the "PayGo" law that requires Congress to fully fund any new discretionary spending! Bunning is simply holding their feet to the fire. And for this, Bunning is the bad guy! He's being blamed for causing 2,000 Transportation workers to be furloughed...for the suffering of thousands of unemployed who will miss their unemployment checks... CNN went so far as to put on its broadcast, "Thousands hurt by one Senator." Even G.O.P. strategists are worried that Bunning's stand will give the Democrats the advantage.

I say, hogwash! It seems Bunning may have been the last man standing in the Senate.

Someone... somewhere... must draw a line and say NO to the endless spending spree that is pushing our nation into bankruptcy!

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Posted by: AJAX2 | March 2, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Well fellow Americans, do you now know what Republicans/conservatives/right wing/Obama haters think about those of you who have been so unlucky as to lose your job? Republicans....think you are shiftless, lazy and don't want to work or look for a job. They don't want their tax dollars going to the likes of you people who just happened to go to work one day and find out that you have been laid off. You know only Democrats, minorities and illegal immigrants are stupid enough to be without a job. If you people can't see what Republicans , ALL Republicans not just Bunning are all about then you people just don't want to see.

Posted by: catmomtx | March 2, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Who is the hypocrite Bunning? I hope and pray that bad luck befalls you and you are cursed with ill health or a lost job like so many others in America are. You are so caught up in your Ivory Tower riches that you can't relate to your own fellow Americans.

Posted by: aorj | March 2, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning is correct to expose the PAYGO liars!

Sen. Bunning is correct to say the federal govt is OUT OF MONEY! It's true. We are borrowing everyday from anyone who will end to us and we are increasinly beholden to China, Russia, Japan, etc. This is NOT a good thing my fellow citizens. We are losing control over our agenda, our credit rating, the rising deficit is crushing us and destroying our children's futures.

I say this as a fiscally responsible Democrat!

My party has failed to reign in the spending. Bush and his GOP were big spenders and Obama and his DEM Congress are proving to be far worse.

Unemployment is meant to be a TEMPORARY program. It should not be more than 26 weeks as intended. I would prefer 12 weeks max. Two years or more of endless extentions is simply not sustainable.

Don't you agree? Where will we get more money and at what cost??????????????????

It's not just unemployment that needs to be cut, it's all so-called "entitlement" programs.

It's also the war spending. We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. It should be an intelligence war, not a combat one.

It's time to say no to bailouts, no to stimulus programs that do nothing but add to our debt.

It's also time to say no to government run healthcare. What a nightmare that would be.

I'm still trying to get my local Bureau of Motor Vehicles to deliver my new license stickers on time....

Posted by: TAH1 | March 2, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Like the MORON Bush once said, You should never negotiate with TERRORIST. That's what the Republican Party has become, the American Taliban.!!!!!

Posted by: austininc4 | March 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This is a symptom that has a face for the Republicans and they are full of Bunnings unfortunately. I do not like kicking one when it is down but they are seemingly the most reluctant of the lot to do anything and ride a high and mighty horse it is perceived. And as they say perception is reality.
Thank you,

Posted by: katzedes | March 2, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Easy way to reduce more than 10 billion is to bring most of the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan this year. Somehow I doubt if Bunning and Republican reactionaries would support this common sense approach.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent
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You are so retarded! You are the only one who hasn't figured out that Obama won't end the war because the defense spending is the thing that is keeping the economy going.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 2, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

in a secret addendum to the agreement

bunning is allowed to give the finger to cnn, cbs, and nbc

from the senate floor every day this week

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Kentucky, for making this imbecile a Senator.

Posted by: marSF | March 2, 2010 7:19 PM |

Just following Nevada's lead.

Posted by: qfrodo | March 2, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning, 2012!! Run, Jim, Run!!

Posted by: Phil6 | March 2, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse
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Oh PLEASE let this happen!!!

Better yet - Bunning/Palin, 2012!!!!!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 2, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Bunning should be locked up in a mental hospital.

Posted by: foofoofoo | March 2, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The United States is not a democracy or a democratic republic.The truth is this has never been the case.In reality the USA is a plutocracy,masquarading as a democracy.

The simple truth is america has alway been the last bastion of the wealthy and elite.The last kingdom .America was founded on a fraud by rich aristocrats such as Washington,Hamilton,Jefferson,Adams,.The we the people BS is just propaganda for the 90 IQ masses
So keep believing and keep sending your sons to die in in foreign wars for the oligarcy
Fools like you are needed to keep the ball moving

Posted by: hyroller56 | March 2, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

bunnning gets to slap obama

obama is exposed as a pathological paygo liar

the republicans appear as reasonable intercessors

abc gets the finger

and obama is impotent

a good week-and its only tuesday

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

$10 billion bill to be offset with spending cuts elsewhere.

Simple: Cut $10 billion from the $533.8 billion 2010 defense budget.

No balls Bunning....

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Linda 521....

Tell us how you really feel.

I'm glad you're not a gypsy with cursing powers.

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Posted by: qitkonlyyou | March 2, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"I will be watching them closely and checking off the hypocrites one by one."
_______

Sen. Bunning talking about "hypocrites" is choice. He's from GOP Kentucky where the irony will purposely be lost, but the rest of the country can continue to enjoy this coot's grandstanding.

Posted by: Kelly14 | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Republican Congress + Republican President:

Turn a budget surplus into massive, multi-year deficits. Who cares? We cut taxes for well-off Americans.

Pass a new Medicare entitlement without increasing taxes or reducing spending. No problem.

Optional war in Iraq run off the budget with borrowed funds, no increase in taxes or reduction in other spending. No sweat.

Bail out AIG and big banks with taxpayer money. Hey, it's only money!

Economic policies sink the economy like the Titanic. The solution: let the Democrats fix it.

Democratic Congress and Democratic President in office: suddenly the Republicans have to hold up benefits for the jobless because we have to cut spending. After all, the deficit is huge!

Good thing for today's Republicans (especially Glenn Beck) that TR isn't still around. I think he'd show them what that big stick is for.

Posted by: Bob22003 | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

No one person should have the ability to halt needed legislation. He appears to be a pompous person now that this has happened and all I can say is: "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" His ego showing.... and that's frightening!

Posted by: Xielolixii | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

well bunning...........

we will always have the abc bird.

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"Why anyone votes for those clowns is an absolute mystery to me."
*************************
Using the tried and true tools of God, guns and the American flag, the rich convince poor yokels to vote against their own interests - time and time and time again.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Not a single Republican votes for paygo and then people come on here and try to call the Dems out on it. Its ridiculous how hypocritical and incredulous Republicans are.

Posted by: VaTerp1 | March 2, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The mainline GOP put this man up to this. Did you see the Glee in McConnel's eyes. They are selfish, ignorant, evil, torturing sons of Sarah, who will kill, torture and make (keep) sick; citizens of this country. Happily to keep power. Someone needs to lock them up, in a room, with no food or water for 4 days, give them cancer, and let them know how it feels. And to the stupid Dems..... You gave in again. This whole country needs a revolution of the citizens, taxpayers and run them all outa the country. Shame on you all.

Posted by: linda_521 | March 2, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning, 2012!! Run, Jim, Run!!

Posted by: Phil6 | March 2, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

obama needed a slap, and bunning obliged

and america learned just how inept, incompetent and incoherent socialism obama is

story over as we need to focus on failure obama's unemployment numbers this week

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bunning of Kentucky
Career G GS W L PCT
17 Yrs 591 519 224 184 .549

A fine record on the mound,
A fine one in the Senate
And he's got as much spunk
As anyone in it!

Posted by: Gonzage1 | March 2, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse


Jeff, Jeff...Jeffwacker.

I don't know how to tell you this....but the Republicans aren't running the government....the Democrats are.

So what's their problem? With their previous super-majority....the Republicans didn't even need to put their shoes on in the morning, much less show up at the office.

They had it all....they are fighting among themselves. They don't need any help from the Republicans to fail.

Posted by: maxandmurray | March 2, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans aren't really "in to" helping the average American citizen ... they are for the special interests, wall street and the big money (the people that pull their puppet strings)!

Posted by: lunetrick | March 2, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Bunning Exposes Obama Pathological Mendacity

paygo??

oh no its just another obam lie

obama--exposed

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 2, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Republicans aren't interested in running the country. They don't want the government to function, because, the more they screw up the government, the more they can run and tell everyone how bad government is. Why anyone votes for those clowns is an absolute mystery to me.

Posted by: jeffwacker | March 2, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Pay as you go. What is so hard to understand? Even a self-appointed, childish, ego-centric member of the intelligentisia should be able to figure it out.

Posted by: fike01 | March 2, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Get the ten billion dollars out of earmarks to Kentucky.

Posted by: onifadee | March 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The Department of Defense briefed President Obama this morning. They told him that two Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq over night.

To everyone's surprise, Obama collapsed onto his desk, head in his hand and was visibly shaken.

Finally, he composed himself and asked, "Just how many is a Brazilian?"

This is obviously NOT surprising, as he has no idea how much a billion or a trillion is either.

NEITHER DOES CONGRESS!

Posted by: maxandmurray | March 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, most of us 'senior citizens' would agree that Bunning was a better MLB pitcher than a US Senator. It goes to prove that being good at one thing, doesn't transfer to another job. Send Bunning to the showers as a US Senator and hope that Kentucky can send someone better to DC.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | March 2, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. The Congress says we have to "pay as you go" and then declares every million, billion and trillion dollar spending bill an emergency and exempt from "pay as you go" and someone says - excuse me, NO, NO, NO. And the liberal MSM and liberal and progressive me, me, me, I want mine population brand that person as selfish and against American values????
You folks are the enemy not Sen. Bunning.

Posted by: sandynh | March 2, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To Singo56:

WHAT is arrogant about being principled? What is arrogant about following the rules?

Reid thinks Americans are ignorant, uninformed and misguided. We ALL know the games they are playing and how high the stakes are. This has nothing to do with unemployment; everyone knows that this will get extended. We are sick of their games, their phony rules, their corrupt legislation.

Bunning merely called them on their own game. 10 Billion here, 10 Billion there...all in the name of an emergency. Next thing you know you're up to 130 Billion which is the "facade savings" they are trying to sell us on the corrupt heath care reform.

Under PAYGO....if you want to spend, you have to cut somewhere. Bunning is only enforcing the legislation THEY passed.

Posted by: maxandmurray | March 2, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning is a hero. Get ready Senators and Representatives. The days of spending without caring where the money is coming from over OVER. November 2010 - show your fiscally responsible credentials or get out of the way.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 2, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

It is ironic that the Pugs are so insistent that Dems "pay for" bills they pass. The Pugs did no better when they held the White House and both houses of Congress.

In fact, what Pugs did was cut taxes, start a war, and not cut other spending.

I know who the hypocrits are, too.

Posted by: amelia45 | March 2, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"In addition, the Kentucky Republican has also placed holds on all pending Obama administration nominees"


This is one way to insure that government really doesn't work, just refuse to allow the President to appoint one. I assume this means the senile Senator is holding up national security appointees also? Which means a crazy old coot from Kentucky holds all our lives in his hands.

Posted by: rodneythecat | March 2, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The GOP hacks that stall and happily screw the average man in the street are gonna get it in the next election.

Posted by: OlTimeDesignChecker | March 2, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"The deal would allow a vote on the package Tuesday night, along with a vote on one Bunning amendment forcing the $10 billion bill to be offset with spending cuts elsewhere. Bunning will also get the chance to offer amendments on the next Senate jobs bill, a $150 billion measure slated for consideration by the Senate this week."

Bunning wins!!!! Yeah!!!

Posted by: mil1 | March 2, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Bunning is the GOP's boy. Can you say stall and make backroom deals now?!

Bunning's arrogance is just one more reason why I left the GOP!

One man's arrogance screwed millions! Great job GOP! Bunnings your man!

Posted by: Shingo56 | March 2, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO...Bunning!

They vote PAYGO....make them do it. It's time that Congress plays by their own rules.

Posted by: maxandmurray | March 2, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans aren't really "in to" helping the average American citizen ... they are for the special interests, wall street and the big money (the people that pull their puppet strings)!

Posted by: lunetrick | March 2, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of a common sense approach, is it too much to ask the Democrats to hold up their end of the deal made two weeks ago and pay for this with ACTUAL MONEY, like the rest of us? Isn't there still billions of unused stimulus money? Nah, let's just call people names and engage in meaningless invective...

Posted by: signof4 | March 2, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The rules of the Senate that allow one egotistical politician to hold up legislation and confirmation of appointments is a rule that is outdated and should be scrapped. It is a body that is not for the ONE, but for the MANY. Bunning's arrogance far exceeds anything else he has done in life. He should have rested on the laurels of his baseball career, because his career as a Senator will go down in a flaming heap. His party should seriously chastise him for his behavior and the majority party should strip him of any committee duties he has as a demonstration of payback. Quid pro Quo. You want it bad, so shall you get it.

Posted by: ronjeske | March 2, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the controversy. Didn't Congress pass pay-go requiring them to do just what Bunning wanted? Or was the bill crafted in such a way to be excluded from its requirements?

Posted by: cprferry | March 2, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Kentucky, for making this imbecile a Senator.

Posted by: marSF | March 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Easy way to reduce more than 10 billion is to bring most of the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan this year. Somehow I doubt if Bunning and Republican reactionaries would support this common sense approach.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 2, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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