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The Truth Shall Set You Free…It might piss you off first, but it will set you free.

The Fickle Finger of Fate Award Goes to Sen. Jim Bunning

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 2, 2010

Who is he? Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky – who has already announced that he is not running for re-election in 2010.

Kentucky’s Unemployment

What did he do? Blocking  short term unemployment benefits and a variety of other programs that were set to expire on Sunday.  Two thousand federal transportation workers were to be furloughed without pay and federal reimbursements to states for highway projects halted Monday as a result of Bunning’s decision to block legislation granting a short-term funding extension to a variety of programs, including the Highway Trust Fund.  a one-month extension of government benefits, including unemployment benefits, COBRA health care benefits and payments for Medicare doctors. Bunning complained that the legislation wasn’t paid for.

7 states will be hit harder than any others: Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Georgia.

All of them will see an average 10,000 or more workers each week lose their benefits this month if Senator Bunning continues to hold up legislation, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a New York-based advocacy group for employment rights of lower-wage workers.

What else did he do? The good Senator decided to give his own fickle finger of fate award to an ABC reporter.  Bunning angrily rebuffed ABC when it approached him as he was getting onto an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building.  Bunning told reporters to step out of the way because “this is a senator only elevator” to the Senate floor and said he had already explained his thinking.

According to ABC, when one of its producers saw Bunning leaving his office, the senator said “I’m not talking to anybody.” He then “walked toward the elevator and shot the middle finger over his head.”

I guess if you aren’t worried about re-election and saving your own ass you don’t need to answer to anybody…or is this just what it means to be a Republican?

Just in case anybody wanted to contact the good Senator :

http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

I know I did…mwaaahhhhhaaaaa

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