Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bunning the Hero! All Hail the Hero!

¡Hola! Everybody...
There are people all over the internet and the right applauding Sen. Bunning as some kind of principled hero. Standing up to the excesses of the depraved tax-and-spenders -- the “left” ::snicker:: --the effete democrats.

One word: BULLSHIT!

Principles are something you adhere to in a consistent manner. That’s why they’re called principles...

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-=[ Right Wing-nut Hypocrisy ]=-

I’m trying to keep a sense of humor about this, I really am.

That prick from Kentucky, Jim Bunning, was so concerned about federal debt that he held up extending unemployment benefits for over a week. Because of his single NO vote, millions of people could have lost their unemployment benefits. Some may still might lose their benefits and the costs of this obstructionism runs into the millions. Additionally, thousands more were furloughed from their jobs.

Refusing to meet with reporters in order to explain his stance to the people of the United States, he did manage to blurt out that he was “for the people.” As usual, neocons mistake trenchant ideology for policy.

Let’s put aside the moral issue for a moment. Any normal human being could see this action as immoral. These selfish, fascist-nihilist-narcissists mistake their own good fortune and opportunism as some form of superiority. Their smug contempt for those they deem beneath them compels them to believe that the poor deserve their life of illness and poverty. They mistake greed, ingratitude, and cruelty for moral superiority. Their morality has nothing to do with reality or even fairness and everything to do with greed. I’ve stopped appealing to any sense of morality from the right has because they are amoral.

Forget about compassion. They view compassion as a weakness. But even from an economic standpoint, Bunning has no leg to stand, as UI benefits bring more bang for the buck than tax cuts for the wealthy (which have a negative economic impact). But forget appealing to reason because that too has no effect on the dumb twats.

Here’s what gets me about Bunning and those slobbering on his dick today:

How concerned has Mr. Bunning been about debt, and about everyday people, in the past? Let’s take a look, shall we?

  • 2005 -- Voted WITH the credit-card industry on the bankruptcy bill.
  • 2005 -- Voted WITH oil companies by giving them more tax breaks.
  • 2006 -- Voted FOR higher deficits by extending the Bush Tax Cuts.
  • 2007 -- Voted AGAINST children by opposing S-CHIP.
  • 2008 -- Voted AGAINST helping people facing foreclosure.
  • 2009 -- Voted AGAINST women by opposing the Ledbetter Act.
  • 2009 -- Voted AGAINST children again by opposing S-CHIP.
  • 2010 -- Voted AGAINST reducing the debt by opposing the Debt Commission.

Given a chance to stand for fiscal responsibility, Bunning voted for the Bush tax cuts and against the Debt Commission. And given a chance to help the poor and helpless, Bunning has voted against them almost every time.

His belligerent NO vote on unemployment benefits isn’t a principled stand against unrestrained spending, as he and his supporters claim. It is a pathetic attempt by a dumb twat of an old man to prove to himself that he is still relevant. Or perhaps he is the sacrificial lamb, not having anything to lose since his old wrinkled ass will soon be put out to pasture.

Up to this point, Bunning's votes have followed a predictable Republican pattern. With this vote, he fell below even that standard, and set a new low for cruelty. Even a couple of his Republican peers are embarrassed by your hatefulness.

The only good thing that may come out of this is a change in the Senate rules. Republicans and Democrats alike are trying to figure out a way to prevent this in the future. I think they should name it after the Senator: the Bunning Don't-Be-a-Dumb-Twat Rule. How fitting a send-off!

This isn’t meanness, it’s cruelty. This isn’t about policy, this is about ignorance run amok.This isn't about caring about people, it is an outright insult to the American people.



[Because I know neocons will be squealing like the "pig" in the film Deliverance]

Take a deeper look at Jim Bunning’s voting record and then tell me that he’s just a fiscal conservative who believes in only spending money that we already have (or as Limbaugh, Beck and the like call “a hero”):

  • Bunning supported the 2008 supplemental war spending bill, which included a provision to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 weeks.
  • The bill also extended benefits for an additional 13 weeks for workers in states with unemployment rates of 6 percent or higher. Since this was a supplemental bill, there were no budget offsets for the extensions. Bunning voted to end debate on the bill, allowing it to advance through the Senate, and he also voted in favor of the final bill.
  • In June 2009, Bunning voted in favor of the Senate’s $106 billion spending bill to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through September 30, 2010. The bill included $7.7 billion to prepare for a flu pandemic and $1 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program, as well as other projects.
  • Bunning also voted in favor of the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, as well as President George Bush’s Medicare drug benefit plan, all of which added to the federal deficit.
  • In January, Bunning voted against increasing the statutory limit on the public debt and has supported several other measures aimed at curbing the deficit, including provisions to establish 5-year discretionary spending caps.
  • He also backed a failed amendment that would have terminated further spending under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the widely criticized bank bailout of 2008.
  • Bunning argues that extending jobless benefits without cutting spending elsewhere violates the newly reinstated “pay-as-you-go” budget rules. Bunning voted against that legislation, which was signed into law last month as part of the bill that raised the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama urged Congress to bring back the provision in his State of the Union address, calling it “a big reason we had surpluses in the 1990s.”
Update #2:

Sen. Jim Bunning apparently has a hold on all presidential nominees last week. It turns out that not only has he [Bunning] been blocking the unemployment insurance bill, he has also been blocking the confirmation of nominees since last week as well, said Reid spokesman Jim Manley.

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