"Tough shit" is what Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky said to Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, as Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, criticized Bunning's stance on the package.
The Senate adjourned Friday without approving extensions of cash and health insurance benefits for the unemployed after this lone senator blocked swift passage due to his insistence that Congress first pay for the $10 billion package. Bunning said he doesn't oppose extending the programs -- he just doesn't want to add to the deficit.
Bunning is a bona fide "Party of No" cardholder.... a quick look at his voting record (Project Vote Smart), shows he has the classic "Go F__k yourself" attitude.
He voted NO on the following items:
Housing foreclosure assistance programs
SCHIP- Children's health care programs
Farm Security & Rural investment act
Labor, Health & Human services & Education appropriations
Cut funding for new F-22 aircraft
Timeline for withdrawal from Iraq
Iraq Troop reduction
Time between Troop redeployments
Stem Cell Research
Campaign finance reform
Alternative energy tax incentives
Family/Medical leave (FMLA)
Lily Ledbetter Pay Act (Equal pay)
Habeas Corpus rights for Detainees
He voted YES on the following items:
Iraq & Afghanistan war funding
Prohibiting funds for groups that perform abortions
Bunning is a neanderthal who votes NO for anything good, and votes YES for all the negative.
He would deny funding those on the brink of foreclosure, and who are jobless without healthcare, and need COBRA payment assistance- all the while funding war.
In a great editorial in my local newspaper today, members of WAND ask these questions:
• Why freeze funds for domestic needs when people are suffering from high unemployment & huge medical costs?
• Why does the Pentagon need 1,000 bases overseas at an annual cost of $250 billion?
(There is the $10 billion needed for unemployment, sir!)
• Why maintain & upgrade 10,800 nuclear weapons while we chastise & threaten other countries for developing them?
The editorial continues....
"Larry Korb, former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, has identified $60 billion in the Pentagon budget that could be eliminated just by discontinuing production & maintenance of outdated Cold War weaponry. Retired Army Col. Andrew Bacevich has suggested cutting U.S. military spending to that of the next 10 highest spending countries combined, a 31% reduction. "
The next time some party of no says there is no funding for domestic programs, ask them just how much they voted YES for in the military budget. It's no secret we are billions short of funding the needs of our country-- military spending takes a 55% bite out of our budget.