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Did Sen. Jim Bunning overstep bounds to block jobs bill?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 2, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Aren't crazy people fun!

Censor Bunning.

Ban him out from the floor, and from being able to use the “for Senator's only elevator”. I'd like for Bunning to find out he's banned from the elevator by a security guard standing there and telling him. Make certain a reporter is in the elevator waving and smiling at Bunning as the door's close.

Let this be a message to everyone in DC. Choose your battles wisely.

Posted by: nancykulka | March 2, 2010 8:28 PM

If the Republican Party were not already a disgrace to the nation, Jim Bunning would have disgraced it.

Posted by: chuck8 | March 3, 2010 12:08 AM

With his fellow Republicans having determined to ensure his failure at the polls, all constraint on Bunning's behavior has been released. He's simply assumed what, for him, is normal behavior. Why bother with decorum? He is through. But not soon enough.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 3, 2010 2:34 AM

Bunning is one of the few HEROS this government has seen. MEAN WHAT YOU SAY AND SAY WHAT YOU MEAN..... PAY AS YOU GO???
Just another sound bite...A feel good campaign tactic...It appears Washington is still passing laws for two reasons and two reasons alone...1...Garner another vote...
2....Break your own law when ever you want.

Unemployment benefits were to be paid for a limited time and a limited time only...To help that person through that period of time until they could find work..
To extend the right for someone to draw unemployment benefits for years is nothing more then...WELFARE...just another simple welfare program...

And that is how the WE's become one of the them's. "WE" didn't want anything from anyone. "WE" worked hard and wanted only what we worked for. We never minded helping anyone but we also knew that the someone we helped would never make it unless they helped themselves.

Well in reality they did learn how to help themselves. They learned how to work the system. They learned where to go, what to say, what not to say all the little tricks of the trade. How to beat the system. The system of free money or services from what some of us call our government and they call entitlements.

Guess what? Now some of the "WE's" have now become "THEM's". Entitlements have a way of drawing you in. Something for nothing makes a better person of you don't you think??????

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country. And one of the things we can do is....PAY AS WE GO...

Posted by: LandoftheLost | March 3, 2010 6:06 AM

This is the sort of thing people should expect from a GOP majority. Stupid cruelty & greed mostly, served with a big side dish of lies.

Posted by: Nymous | March 3, 2010 6:26 AM

Senator Bunning is a hero. It is easy to see from the comments here the reason this country is in the difficult place it is right now. The hate towards anyone with true values is awesome. Senator Bunning was not against aid for those who are unemployed. He only wanted those costs to be paid for and not added to the huge deficit this country has acquired. Instead of calling him names he should be applauded for his honesty. If the President of this country were to address the problem of unemployment instead of health care there might be some progress that would get jobs for the unemployed instead of just bailing them out. But the "Pay as you Go" hoopla is evidently fakery from this administration. The health care diversion that distracts this administration, causing it to allow tens of millions of its citizens to remain out of work without addressing the problem, is the real problem here not Senator Bunning. The misplaced political attacks posted here are pitiful examples of an attitude that is bringing this country to the brink of disaster.

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Posted by: yetuwtrhtuwtuitrirt | March 3, 2010 8:37 AM

Imagine Bunning actually expecting Congress to abide by the PAYGO mandate which was signed into law with great fanfare by Prez O a mere two weeks ago.
Since the presser has already been held, and the credit for fiscal responsibility crystalized into sound bites and YouTube Clips, the need to follow the law has expired, but Bunning was not willing to let it go that easily.
Nor was he willing to take Harry Reid's statement that "it was paid for" at face value... since no supporting evidence had been provided, and since Bunning, as a lawmaker, would have a right to expect to be privy to such decisions, findings, or lack thereof.
BTW - every pice of legislation that will be passed or pitched during the balance of this session will be classified as a Jobs Bill, and in a way, that's probably correct. It might actually be a jobs for any American bill, a jobs for UNIONS (especially SEIU), or one to help current lawmakers keep their jobs against a wave of voter resentment. As Palin said on late night TV, the temp in Alaska is 14 below the Congressional Approval rate. Too funny.

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | March 3, 2010 9:02 AM

How can the MSM and most posters here but such hypcocritic idiots! The payco piece was just passed requiring such items to be paid for, then the Dems get their panties in a wad because Sen Bunning had the stones to call them on it. Shame on EVERYONE ELSE for vilifying him! He did his job and I'm sorry he's retiring. And, he's not nearly as old as Sen Robert KKK Byrd, so stop with the age stuff already!

Posted by: rogerherd | March 3, 2010 9:13 AM


I can only hope those redneck, nut-scratching hillbillies of Ky elect a democrat to replace this fool...


Posted by: demtse | March 3, 2010 9:26 AM

I am amused that most Republicans are now deficit "hawks" !! Where were they during the Bush years, when they routinely OK'd staggering war appropriations, deficit causing rebate payments to Americans (twice) and no bid drug contracts???? Their duplicity is sickening!

Posted by: patrick18 | March 3, 2010 9:33 AM

I hope all you independents remember this scenario come election time for the midterms because this is going to be the norm if the Republicans are allowed to take the majority back in Congress again. Remember much off what we are going through economically is due to their fiscal policies aimed at boosting the bottom line of corperation's, Wall st. and the rich. It goes without saying that we have serious problems in Washington with both parties catering to special interests but the Republicans are especially egregious in their disdain for middle class working America.

Posted by: chiled28 | March 3, 2010 11:06 AM

In September of 2000, the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping 1999 year's record surplus of $122.7 billion. The 5.7 trillion dollar national debt had been lowered by 360 billion from 1997 to 2000.
Enter the Bush era:

Bush’s Tax Cuts cost: $1.8 trillion over 10 years (Brookings Institute). BURNNING Voted YEA July 10, 2002, 04:44 PM
Two unfunded wars; Afghanistan cost 257 billion, Iraq cost 710 billion, total cost almost a Trillion dollars as of today. Costofwar.comm). BURNNING Voted YEA: September 18, 2001 and October 16, 2002

An unfunded prescription Drug program cost: 1.2 trillion for 10 years (Washington post). BURNNING Voted YEA. November 25, 2003, 09:23 AM
Now he and others in his party want to portray themselves as fiscal hawks

Posted by: austininc4 | March 3, 2010 11:21 AM

PAYGO created in the Balanced Enforcement Act of 1990 (BEA), negotiated between Republican President George H. W. Bush and the Democratic leaders of Congress. In 2002, PAYGO expired as many Republicans, worried that the law would prevent the tax cuts from becoming permanent, refused to extend it.


Bunning and all his fellow Republican Senators voted AGAINST reinstating Pay-Go on Jan. 28, 2010. See the vote count at: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00012


Posted by: austininc4 | March 3, 2010 11:26 AM

how silly.

unless he did something unethical (rangel) or illegal (the guy with the hair piece) or nothing (the process of holding up a bill by annoy-mous non-vote) then USING the rules of the senate is NOT BAD. I just want to know how much money did he get?

Posted by: perryrants | March 3, 2010 12:10 PM

My, my, my, how can anyone fault Sen. Bunning for asking that the rules be enforced. The Dems want the publicity that they are for "paygo" but do not require that they live by it. The truth is that each day we head further and further into oblivion led by a President who considers lying a part of the political agenda. In a little more than a year Obama has told more lies than any previous president. Yet,many let him get away with it. There has been nothing reported by any lib media about his lies but they are out there. Can anyone remember the lie thaat he did not hear any of Rev Wrights rantings when he sat in his church. How about all meetings will be open and transparent? As for Obama, remember piniochio? Not only does Ob have big ears, but has anyone noticed how long his nose has become in the past year?

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 3, 2010 12:29 PM

Bunning strikes himself out by delaying much needed assistance for consitiuents in his state....and the nation!!It's evident that the GOP doesn't care about maintaining the safety net....unless it's a tax break for the rich!!! Hopefully, voters in KY will know better next time!!

Posted by: B767400 | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM

Bunning was a great pitcher but a nutty senator. Makes you wonder what's going on in Kentucky. What are those people thinking?

Posted by: sannhet | March 3, 2010 6:33 PM

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