Ah, the Republicans. Behind the guise of Christianity, fiscal responsibility, small government, or whatever they are calling it this week they constantly are seeking to find ways to show their complete scorn and hatred for their country and the folks within it who are just hoping to make enough money to move their families into the middle-class. We all remember how Jim Bunning, the most maniacal looney toon junior Senator from Kentucky sought to deny benefits to the workers Republicans policies displace by crashing the economy. Now, it appears as if that move was not heartless enough and another Republican has decided to once again show the American worker just how much scorn and hatred Republicans have for them. Yes, Tom Coburn is seeking to "Out-Bunning" the master himself, Jim Bunning.
Ah, but as always, first some introduction music for the modern Republican Party:
You see, when Jim Bunning decided to block a jobless benefits package he also caused the furlough of 2000 federal workers during a time when the economy is bad and every day's work can be the difference between making ends meet and not. Of course, while agreeing with him Republicans quickly distanced themselves from the Hall of Shame Senator because he exposed to readily their feelings they do not want the American people to know. Now however, it appears as if Tom Coburn wants to be a bigger horse's you know what, and is actually wanting to delay paying the workers the lost wages caused by Bunning's idiocy:
The Kentucky Republican's recent decision to unilaterally block a jobless-benefits package because it was paid for out of the deficit caused nearly 2,000 federal workers to be furloughed. Now Coburn is fighting efforts by Democrats to quickly pass a bill to allow those workers to be paid for the days they were told not to perform their jobs - because it would add to the deficit.
He sent a letter to his kindred spirit and good buddy Mitch McConnell begging him to let him know if Republicans will pay the workers quickly, or make them sweat and fall behind on their bills. I guess he wants to reserve the right to single-handedly block their pay just as Bunning did to the nation's unemployed:
In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Coburn says that he'd like to be consulted before Republicans agree to quickly approve a bill to pay the 1,992 Transportation Department workers who lost two days' pay while Senate Democrats were battling Bunning over his objection to the package.
He used the same tired, wasted, hypocritical argument men like himself, Bunning and McConnell always seem to fall back on:
Coburn, one of the staunchest fiscal conservatives in the Senate, says that Congress is "shortsighted" in repeatedly passing emergency spending that adds to the deficit, and he argued that the Transportation Department had billions in unobligated funds that could have been dipped into to keep the projects afloat during the Senate standoff.
"This legislation can be approved quickly, as I am willing to accept a unanimous consent agreement to pass the bill with my amendment included or a unanimous consent agreement to allow me to offer my amendment for consideration and limited debate time," Coburn said. "Thank you for protecting my rights regarding this legislation."
Which begs the question of where were Coburn and his buddies Bunning and McConnell when they were rubber-stamping the Bush tax cuts which ballooned the deficit?? Where were they in standing up for "fiscal discipline" when we were wasting trillions of dollars on the failed Bush/Cheney vision of our country and the world?? They were lovingly embracing the failed vision and piling up debt, de-regulation and disaster for the American taxpayer that they are now paying dearly for on a daily basis.
The question for Coburn is since he, Bunning and McConnell are all millionaires and recieve so much $$ for protecting the interests of corporate America, is not their salaried a drain on the debt?? Why not just give their pay towards the deficit and they can earn what good they have done for America- nothing. Harry Reid said just about as much:
"If Sen. Coburn really wanted to take a stand, why doesn't he change his amendment so that it is paid for out of the Republican office accounts only?" said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "Seems only fair given that they were the ones that blocked the money in the first place."
So, with Jim Bunning retiring all the heartless looney-tunes in America need not worry. They will be well represented by Tom Coburn, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party who will wink to each other as they try to disguise their true intentions and their true hatred of any American that works. Yes, it appears as if someone has unbelievably been able to "out-Bunning" the master himself.