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Friday, March 26, 2010

Tom Coburn: “Have You Kicked An Unemployed Person Today?”

No, this isn’t last month’s news that accidentally slipped into today’s news cycle. The Oligarchs are doing the same thing again today.

Last month Senator Jim Bunning (R—Cocksucker) put a hold on unemployment benefits for millions of American workers. And Senator Tom Coburn (R—Malpractice) thought that was such a neat idea, he’s doing it too.

Because of Tom Coburn’s little tantrum, people who have been out of work for six months will lose their benefits, temporarily if not permanently. And people who have just now been thrown out of work will have an indefinite delay in receiving jobless benefits.

The Senate will try to resolve this issue when they return from Spring Break in two and a half weeks.

Tom Coburn justified his bullying frenzy with:

“Because I can. And anyway, poor people smell like sour milk, huh huh huh huh huh. Hey, did I tell you, my mommy and daddy are cousins. And I’m a doctor. Spread ‘em, huh huh huh huh.”

Senator Dick Durbin summed up the difference between Democrats and Republicans:

“We really believe that the unemployment situation is an emergency economic situation. Republicans do not.”

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Blogger Randal Graves said...

If unemployed people didn't want to be unemployed, maybe they should have been elected to Congress.

March 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Nah, they'd rather just lie around and shoot LSD all day.

March 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to remember:

Conservatives never liked Unemployment in the first place. Thought it was another brand of Socialism.

Sound Familiar?

There solution seems to be ignore it like Hoover did and let this mythical Market take care of it.

My question is, are these guys doing it to truly follow their conservative beliefs?

Or just to bargain for more Pork?


March 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Conservatives worship the "free market" until one of their corporate donors needs another taxpayer bailout.

March 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do have a solution,

Let all the Republican Senators who are so against it and are convinced their constituents wouldn't need it or wouldn't take it because they are so worried about increasing the debt,


They should also allot money for the states that do to erect fences to keep their people from moving in.


March 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

The Republican intransigence on health care at least made a degree of sense and they did a pretty good job of spinning it to their advantage.

Their current intransigence on governing, as a concept, is going to bite them in the ass the way that the government shutdown did in the 90's.

March 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Your second comment didn't appear until after my answer. I like that solution. And those fences will be totally necessary, since redstaters don't care that they preach one thing and practice the opposite.

Thomas: I sure hope the Republicans get bitten on the ass by the voters.

March 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Every penny Democrats spend on the unemployed is a penny Republicans can't spend on millionaires.

March 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

TomCat: LOL, that's it. That's the Republicans' painful dilemma.

March 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

It's pretty hard not to kick an unemployed person because they are just all over the place.

I don't know if the Dems get it as Obama recently talked about getting the banks to renegociate mortgages according to income. That is great if you are a homeowner, but what if you rent? We have friends with a daughter a little younger than my son who are living in a motel--flea bag. The wife was on disability and now she is being sued by the feds because they think she rigged it--she hurt her back and neck in a car accident and can't work. Her husband does what my husband does and there are just no jobs; I see this. What about these folks?

The Republicans love it when everyone is unemployed because the rich get richer, corporate America can cut even more jobs to maintain profits and they can appeal to the lowest common denominator about terror and baby killers, so that the public will do their bidding. These guys eat babies for breakfast. The Republicans will lead us to fascism and the Dems won't do shit about it.

I think both parties need to own up to their ineptitude, thank their God that they have a nice gig with lots of perks so that they don't have to live like the rest of us sorry fools who put them in office. Democracy is not working here.

March 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: I hope this health care victory (whatever it amounts to) will give Obama and Congressional Democrats the momentum they need to take care of some other festering problems. Jobs, banking reform...

Sorry to hear about your friends' situation.

"Corporate America can cut even more jobs to maintain profits and they can appeal to the lowest common denominator about terror and baby killers, so that the public will do their bidding." Ain't that the truth. The oligarchy has the American public completely dialed. All they have to do is push the right hatred and fear buttons and millions of dumbfucks will do their bidding for them.

March 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Dr. Senator Tom Coburn, the Dr. makes him an expert in just about everything, how the hell do people like him sleep at night. Of course the blame for Nurse Coburn's efforts will get reconstituted into Democrats inability to govern. It's all part of their plan.

March 26, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Holte: Coburn is the most skilled senate doctor since Bill Frist. You'll remember 5 years ago when Frist watched a video of Terri Schiavo lying on her deathbed, and concluded that she was looking great and all ready to get up, go out for a long jog and hit the gym on the way home.

March 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, that story on Yahoo! you linked to is another Andrew Taylor production. I see the AP still hasn't put an editor on his case, or if they have, maybe that editor was sent over by the GOP.

Taylor leaves readers to wonder if the planets aligned just right so that Congress let jobless benefits lapse, or maybe the out of work lost out in some kind of cosmic crap shoot. But our intrepid reporter fails to mention Coburn or make clear the House already passed a benefits extension and Senate Republicans very deliberately killed any effort to do the same. Their stated reason is that the cost will be added to the deficit.

The sorry sacks of silage stupidly insist a modest early recovery from a horrendous recession, with the number of unemployed still in double digits, is prime time to cut spending.

Some of us will be excused for thinking this is nothing but one more attempt to stick it to Democrats, reduce public trust in government and make political points with the rich and economic Darwinists of every income level. Face it, if Obama wanted to put another year of Iraq and Afghanistan occupations on Uncle Sam's tab — or else pull out immediately — Coburn, Kyl and the rest of the Republican deficit chickenhawks would have no problem voting the money.

I have a patented procedure I'd like to introduce Coburn to. It's called the Pile-driver Procto. It involves a large, hand-carved wooden finger, a small dab of K-Y and a croquet mallet. No one who undergoes the procedure ever forgets it — or ever walks quite right again. :)

Come to think of it, maybe P-D Procto would have some beneficial effect on Taylor's reporting.

For a much better treatment of the story, compare L.A. Times reporter Richard Simon's story with Taylor's.

March 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Yahoo News keeps doing this really annoying thing -- the URL stays the same even after the news story has evolved or changed completely. I think this linked story has changed somewhat from the time I wrote the post. I didn't notice the author's name.

I try to use "mainstream" sites like Yahoo and MSNBC fairly often, just so I'm not getting all my news from Think Progress and AlterNet and Talking Points Memo, etc.

No doubt, these deficit hawks would bend over in a New York minute if the money involved Iraq, Afghanistan or the Prison Industrial Complex.

I like your Pile-driver Procto idea. Most Senate Republicans deserve that, but Coburn would be at the head of the line.

March 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, you're right about AP updating stories but keeping the same URL. If that's the case, the update is third rate, whatever the original was like.

BTW, I quit quoting stories out of the Long Island Newsday because they would disappear them in a day or two.

March 28, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I guess Coburn gets the asshole of the month award from Bunning. They are just so proud of their actions it is sickening.

March 28, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: MSNBC does that same thing you're talking about Newsday doing. You link one of their stories to your post, and the next day you click on the link and get "Page Not Found." Very annoying.

Jess: Yup, Coburn and Bunning are assholes and proud of it. Most other Republican senators try to distance themselves from them, but they're probably thinking "gee, I wish I had the balls to do that."

March 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

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