Friday, February 26, 2010

It's The Last Friday Of The Month. Time For The Asshat Of The Week Award! The Winner? Jim Bunning (R) Kentucky! UPDATED!

How about this guy?

Republican Jim Bunning, US Senator from Kentucky, is preventing an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.

See, Bunning wants the unemployment benefit extension to come out of Stimulus funds (which I'm pretty sure he voted against in the first place), otherwise it will be "deficit spending."  So he opposes it.

He's repeatedly blocked the appropriation.  When his Republican colleagues begged him to stop his crap, Mr. Bunning's response (on the Senate Floor) was:  
"Tough shit."
Tough shit?

These are people we're talking about, Senator Bunning.  
People who have bills to pay and mouths to feed, and are struggling to get by in very tough times.

In your own state, the unemployment rate (based on who is receiving those benefits) is 10.4%.

Your own people are hurting, and your response is "tough shit?"

Of course, you have "Big John" Cornyn (R-TX)  - another Asshat Award contender, sticking up for you:
"I admire the courage of the junior senator from Kentucky," he said. "Somebody has to stand up finally and say, 'No more inter-generational theft!'"
Yeah.  THAT'S what it's all about, I'm sure.

So, the Senate adjourned for the weekend, without taking any action.  They'll take it up again next month.

Yesirree.  This is Compassionate Conservatism at work.

Congratulations to Senator Bunning, Asshat of the Week!

h/t to Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post

UPDATE:  It gets even better (or worse).  According to Bob Cesca's sources, Bunning's petulant "tough shit" behavior has other unintended consequences...  like blocking the release of Highway Trust Fund money for the next 30 days... effectively shutting down the DOT and furloughing its employees.



h/t to my friend Bob Cesca.


Tom Harper said...

Bunning is clearly Asshat of the Week. I did a post about him, plus another GOP Asshat, somebody from Nevada who said extending unemployment benefits will create a nation of hobos.

I don't know who's more of an asshat, these sick politicians or the dumbass voters who keep electing them.

Wolfe Tone said...

As noted by Bob Cesca, it's even worse than we thought.

He's up for reelection this fall.

It's time for the voters of Kentucky to send asshat Bunning to the ranks of the unemployed.

Matt Osborne said...

My girlfriend's mother is recovering from a bad car wreck. She was supposed to finally start a new job the next day. Now she's applying for permanent disability after a long period of unemployment. Mind you, she's doing daily physical therapy, she needs another operation, and Mr. Bunning just threatened her COBRA coverage.

Asshat doesn't even begin to cover it.

Wolfe Tone said...

Unfortunately, People like Bunning don't give a shit that they're fucking with people's lives.

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