Remember, this is how you get treated…

March 3rd, 2010

…if you have the unmitigated gall to suggest that government actually have the money to pay for the things it wants to pay for:

Well before Sen. Jim Bunning retreated from his one-man filibuster on the unemployment-benefits extension bill Tuesday in face of bipartisan scorching,
generic viagra and the Kentucky Republican was the target of an uncommon criticism by a colleague from the other chamber — Rep. Jim McDermott.

Speaking just before Bunning finally relented, viagra generic McDermott said Bunning’s conduct demanded public scorn. And he dismissed Bunning’s concerns about paying for the extended unemployment benefits, saying that Republicans “had no trouble going to two wars they couldn’t pay for.”

Bunning is “keeping people from getting checks to pay rent and other necessities of life,” McDermott said. “He’s doing it because he can. It’s abuse of power. He should be called out for doing this.”

I can’t remember…what’s that phrase about “two wrongs” again?

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    On the whole I agree with you… but part of me also gets pissed off at this.

    Your observation that “two wrongs”… don’t make a right doesn’t quite fit here. That phrase generally applies when you do something wrong against someone who has wronged you. In other words, taking on some form of vigilante justice. Or if someone steals your television, you breaking into your neighbors house and stealing theirs.

    Now… it does somewhat fit here… but the fact that given the opportunity with a GOP majority, do you not think that Bunning wouldn’t go straight back to his big spending ways?

    The more of this I see, the more I see a desperate set of GOP folks who are political hacks, who don’t want to lose their jobs b/c the electorate is still pissed they spent money like drunken sailors when they had the majority.

  • 2. Debunked  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Well, one huge difference is if we weren’t involved in those two wars (along with the Bush tax cuts) we could more easily afford the unemployment extensions.

    Of course, the corollary of that is if it hadn’t been for the obscene tax cuts and the wars, we might not even need the unemployment extensions.

    So, to modify the common colloquial – “one wrong produced another wrong.”

  • 3. grumps  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Add that to the fact that the entire point of stimulus money leads to deficit spending and that trying to pay-as-they-go now would add one more drag to an economy that is just barely crawling back now.

    Remember when Pompador Paul Ryan called pay-as-you-go a gimmick and voted against it? Yeah. Neither does he, most likely.

  • 4. Elliot  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I understand all of your guys’ arguments, but I hardly think that redirecting some of the unspent billions from the first stimulus bill to unemployment funds (which is apparently all this guy wanted) would have been the most horrible thing in the world.

  • 5. John Foust  |  March 4th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    What are you, an East Coast elitist? In Wisconsin I believe it’s spelled “youse guyszes”.

  • 6. Elliot  |  March 4th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Sounds like the Bronx pronunciation to me!

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