Sen. Jim Bunning Says “Tough s__t!” to Unemployed and Uninsured

“Tough s__t!” That’s a precise quote. Is Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) all there? Maybe not. Does this guy have any clue, any compassion for the American people. We’re talking uninsured families and people’s lives.

Families matter, pal. From Ed Kilgore:

If you are unemployed, or if you are one of the millions of people hanging on to cancelled employer-sponsored health insurance via COBRA, your life will take a turn for the more insecure on Sunday, thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who wants to make a symbolic gesture about federal spending. Bunning is refusing to let the Senate vote on totally noncontroversial extenders for these provisions, which will probably force a cloture vote and at least a week’s delay in restoring unemployment insurance and COBRA.

What makes this weird is that Bunning is taking this action not to secure any concessions on present or future legislation, but to express his grumpiness about something that’s already happened: Senate passage of the first chunk of jobs legislation by a 70-28 vote.

Now you have to appreciate that Bunning is a very angry old man. Never a very genial soul, he was pushed into retirement by his own party because it looked like he would be defeated even in a good Republican year, in part because he’s exhibited some signs of being a few bricks shy of a load. So he’s mad at his colleagues, and maybe even mad at his constituents, for their failure to let him serve in the Senate into his ninth decade of walking the earth.

The most appropriate response to Bunning’s grievances is probably the words the senator himself contemptuously uttered yesterday to Sens. Dick Durbin and Jeff Merkley when they cited the plight of the unemployed and soon-to-be-uninsured in asking him to let the extenders come to a vote: “Tough s__t!” The people he’s affecting with his little fit of pique have a lot more to complain about than Bunning, who’s largely wasted twelve years in the Senate being a grumpy old man. But he is a fitting symbol of the obstructionism of his party in Congress, which knows no bounds and feels no shame.

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30 Responses to "Sen. Jim Bunning Says “Tough s__t!” to Unemployed and Uninsured"

  1. OneAngryVet  March 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I live in Kentucky. In Bunnings’ area. He is not though of kindly here. Bunning has pulled this “Tough Shit” kind of crap when he has made public appearances or attending fund raising events here in the Commonwealth I think it is alzheimer’s. Hell the ASSCLOWN was a road guard for moses at the parting of the red sea. You known what I say Out with the “OLD” and in with the “SANE” and get rid of the Kermit the Frog lookin Mitch McConnell.

  2. Cynic2  March 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Becc already HAS drunk the Kool-Aid. Prob’ly A Teabagger.

  3. joseph  March 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    i unemployed and i depend on my small check maybe bunning should stop getting pay and see how it feel not to has any money wish i had job but i don’t no body said you don’t hath to pay rent or the other thing you need to pay for I’ll take a tenth of what bunning is earning and live off it no pension for bunning both baseball and gov

  4. Walker  March 2, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Tom, I’ll choose to stay “above” your first paragraph until the last two sentences. “Good times under G.W.? Kind of ties into the next, “The low unemployment rate?”

    Sir, did you take first year economics? There was low unemployment because
    everything was being bought and paid for on credit. Remember all the credit
    card offers you used to get? Everyone had jobs, everyone had new houses, and everyone was buying. But it was a house of cards. And the bubble had to burst, as all bubbles do. Everyone was over-extended, including the institutions who
    gave the credit in the first place.

    Mr. Dillman,
    I must say, the Republican/Conservative agenda has done a brilliant sell job on their base. Somehow they have made Obama the cause and effect of this recession. Don’t fool yourself, this recession was written on the wall long before your nemesis took The Office. The wall had crumbled before Day 1 of Obama. But, Democrats/Liberals/Obama/whatever/ are not your enemies. Nor are we the cause and/or effect of the recession. It is the large corporate interest groups, including the Banks, Insurance Companies, Drug Companies, etc. When are you going to understand that these people are not for you Tom, they just sell it to you that way. These people are ruling, and encouraging the “battle” between the common folk. They love watching the “left” vs. the “right”. Tom, we are just pawns to these guys. We are the same, to them.
    Please read this last reference, and thank you for your service to your country.

    “In the United States, wealth is highly concentrated in a relatively few hands. As of 2007, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 34.6% of all privately held wealth, and the next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 50.5%, which means that just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 85%, leaving only 15% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers). In terms of financial wealth (total net worth minus the value of one’s home), the top 1% of households had an even greater share: 42.7%. Table 1 and Figure 1 present further details drawn from the careful work of economist Edward N. Wolff at New York University (2009).”

  5. GTH  March 2, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Typical of his party! D.W. and Bunning’s put us in this mess in the first place. They can’t win all they can do is block!

  6. GTH  March 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Typical of his party!

  7. Justin  March 1, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Becc: You sound like a person who cares little for the millions of Americans who are out of work. Our American government has spend trillions of dollars fighting a war for the last 9 years, and what success has been made?? Our American government has bailed out banks and car companies due to corporate greed and miss management. Our American government can send millions and millions of dollars over to other nations in need, but can never seem to fully HELP ACTAUL AMERICANS!!!!! What ever happened to American helping Americans????? You should be ashamed to call yourself an American.

  8. Darkice  February 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    1st CAV.. what was that again? The horse we never ride, the line we never cross and the yellow stripe down our back?

    Try thinking for yourself once in awhile. it might hurt at first but then again; no pain, no gain.

    And yes, I am a vet, I served in the CAV, and am damn proud of it. What I am not proud of is idiots spewing sanctimonious bullshit, passing it off as wisdom, and associating that distinguished division with their lunacy. That level of bullshit is what earned the CAV the above statement over 1/2 a century ago.

  9. Elliah M.  February 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I can´t believe that a USA Senator, a Republican nonetheless, can be so obtuse to the consequences of this . It will not affect just retiring millionaire Bunning anyone in favor of this is getting out of office!!!

  10. Fran  February 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    For Becca too.

  11. Fran  February 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    My thoughts too there Nick.

  12. Tom Dillman  February 28, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Yeah First Team, JVP. Im glad there are still a few of us out there that still have any horse sense (1st Cav insiders parlance). And yes, never forget “Garryowen”.



  13. JVP  February 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    1st CAV, “First Team”, and can’t forget “Garryowen”

  14. Tom Dillman  February 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Bunning always could throw a mean curveball. Oh btw, David A. — what moron party do you belong to? Don’t answer, I already know. The weenie D. (D stands for dummies, D stands for dipshits, D stands for defeated, D stands for desultry, D stands for dorks, D stands for druids, D stands for disagreeable, D stands for droll, … D stands for … never mind … they’re all the same. I wish I lived in Kentucky so I could work on Bunning’s relection. That sucker can throw a mean curveball. Obeying the change in your pockets everybody? Do you miss the good times under G.W. yet? The low unemployment rate?

    Dayammmmm, I feel better now. Thank you all for being such wonderful knuckleheads. Except for you of course, Becc. You actually showed a tickle of brain sense. That made my headache lessen even more — it is hell to get blown up in a combat zone and have to live with it so many years so that you knuckleheads can have freedom of thought and speech.

    Tom Dillman Vet. 1st Cav

  15. jim kennedy  February 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    your people have waisted almost a entire decade,waisted billions of dollars and expect people to believe your responsable. you are a disgrace to this county.

  16. Alton  February 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hope that comes back to haunt him and his friends when it comes time to Vote. Sure hope that ACORN brings that tidbit of information up too, BTW they are still ‘legal’ now but their ‘nemesis’ got arrested, maybe for not paying taxes on his (wanna be) Pimps, I’ll gotten gains.

  17. Lese Majeste  February 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    This on the same day that we learn that AIG will not be able to pay back at least 48 BILLION of that money from the No Banker Left Behind Act.

    When King James was told his subjects had no bread to eat, he replied, “Let them eat shit,” and hurried off to see a basketball game.

  18. CWO4 Gourley  February 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Redundant !!!! “If your a republican YOUR ARE A MORON”

  19. Charles A Parkhurst  February 27, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Why don’t we have death squads?

  20. Patrick Sullivan  February 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Oh so Republican.

  21. Floretta  February 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Can he be removed – like, NOW – from the Senate for insufficient mental capacity? Senile dmentia?

    He’s a walking example of why ALL politicians should have term limits. Serve up to 8 years in a lifetime and then get a real job (and maybe find out what it’s like to depend utterly on unemployment in times like these.)

  22. Michael Leon  February 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I have a message to Jim Bunning as well along the lines of David’s.

  23. David A  February 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Your probably a retired moron living off our working dollar bill you F… Tard. Get a life and know what the hell your talking about here. 11.5 million people are affected here. And in real numbers millions more. Their families, children, relatives and so many more are affected by this to leave it to the last minute is inexcusable. Do you have any idea even if and when they do pass the extension what this has done to the completely overloaded unemployment system now. NOPE I can tell because you also like this tard so easily quip off the people that really matter in the world and make the economy wheel work WORKING CLASS CITIZENS. If your a republican YOUR ARE A MORON> What kind of system would allow people to continue their benefits to continue past 2 years but people who just lost their jobs get nothing and are chewing their nails down to their bones.

  24. Blackcoat  February 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    He is a hypocrit. Consider that people in this country are losing their jobs, insurance, and homes, which in turn puts them in the homeless category. The very same politicians that are elected to do whatever is possible to keep this nation stable are the very same politicians that do not that there are people in the above named categories.
    Then they demonstrate their ignorance and display their greed by taking a $5400 pay raise for 2010 and over $4300 raise in 2011. Did they make any comments regarding the “no raise in COLA for this nations Retired Veterans, Disabled Veterans and those that are paid Social Security?
    So it doesn’t surprise me that this piece of work named Bunning is making asinine statements. Semper Fidelis. Blackcoat. Captain USMC ret. and 100% combat Disabled Veteran.

  25. Michael Leon  February 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Bunning is throwing a tantrum, not delivering a message.

    The U.S. Senate, an undemocratic relic, should be burned to the ground.

  26. Michael Leon  February 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Under Senate rules, one Senator can put a “hold” on legislation, consideration of presidential appts, and so on.

    Typically, the Senate pro tem (the guy in charge) or another Senater, will ask for “unanimous consent” on a given routine matter to proceed. If a Senator objects, like this idiot Jim Bunning, he can bring the Senate to a stand-still, or throw sand in the wheels by forcing a vote on every procedural hurdle.

    Sens. Dick Durbin and Jeff Merkley said as much to Bunning to which he replied “tough shit.”

    Unbelievable? Yes,it is. It’s the U.S. Senate. The situation is actually much worse than outlined above, but that would take a book, straight-up.

  27. Treez  February 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Steven, he is delaying the vote by requesting more discussion time when there is nothing to discuss. It will be voted on next week, but the unemployment benefits expire on Monday. So you see how this is going to be a problem.

  28. Treez  February 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Becca, you must have fallen in the snow and bumped your pretty little head. The point that he fails to make is that he doesn’t want to add to the deficit. Yet by holding up this bill he is ADDING TO THE DEFICIT because states will have to spend additional millions of dollars in unnecessary administrative costs to stop payments then reactivate them.

    You should try thinking before you post, k sweetie?

  29. Steven Carpenito  February 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    How can one man stop the Senate from Voting, I don’t get it?

  30. Becc  February 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    He’s sending a message. And he knows, as well as you and I know, that the unemployed and the uninsured will get their financing and their COBRA. I say more power to him.

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