Saturday, February 27, 2010
GOP Senator to America's unemployed: "TOUGH S**T!"
That sentiment from Jim Bunning (R-KY) is just a variation on "I've got mine. Screw you!" But that outburst from Bunning is especially heartless coming at a time when so many Americans are out of work and suffering.
Out of work, no health coverage, and coping with the effects of devastating weather, Americans deserve better than to be told "tough s**t!"
"The Senate adjourned Friday without approving extensions of cash and health insurance benefits for the unemployed after a lone senator blocked swift passage due to his insistence that Congress first pay for the $10 billion package.
Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, led a spirited Senate debate with Democrats over the issue -- at one time cursing at another senator on the floor. Bunning said he doesn't oppose extending the programs -- he just doesn't want to add to the deficit.
According to two Democratic aides on the Senate floor Thursday night, Bunning muttered 'tough s---' as Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, criticized Bunning's stance on the package.
An aide to Merkley said the senator didn't hear the remark. A spokesman for Bunning said he was aware of the reports about the senator's language but didn't have a comment.
On Friday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, sent Bunning a letter asking him to 'stand down immediately' from his stance."