Michigan Unemployed to Sen. Bunning: You’re ‘Hurting People’

February 28, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Angry and afraid unemployed residents of Michigan, a state devastated by double-digit unemployment, flocked to a meeting held by Congressman Gary Peters (D), after he received hundreds of calls from constituents, concerned about the expiration of their unemployment benefits. Sen. Bunning (R-KY) waged a bizarre and spiteful one-man filibuster of the extension of benefits, demanding that jobless benefits be paid from stimilus funds or else. When Democratic Senators demanded that Bunning stand down, because his antics would hurt millions of people, Bunning responded, “tough shit.” On Saturday, a desperate Michigan woman pleaded with Bunning to “do something” and said, “He’s hurting people all over the country.”

“I’m going to object every time, said Bunning Thursday night in a battle that lasted until Midnight.“I’ll be here as long as you’re here,” he declared as his Democratic colleagues read off the alarming unemployment statistics of his home state of Kentucky. And then the 78-year-old Bunning took to the floor complaining that Democrats ambushed him and lamented that he had missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game, while he was depriving millions of people unemployment checks that pay for food and rent.

Because of a lone Republican Senator, unemployment insurance and COBRA health insurance benefits are set to expire Sunday for thousands of Michigan residents and millions of people across the country. Also expiring on Sunday are: extensions of flood insurance, highway funding, small business loans and the compulsory copyright license used by satellite TV providers.

Most likely, when the Senate takes up the extension vote again on Tuesday, Bunning will either stand down or Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will file a cloture motion, which means 30 hours of debate to overcome Bunning’s filibuster. Either way, eventually, the package to extend unemployment benefits will pass through the senate, with minor disruption of services.

But people dependent on unemployment checks and COBRA for their healthcare are rightfully outraged at Bunning’s actions and afraid of the future.

Rep. Peters urged his constituents to call Senator Bunnings’s office to complain.

His number is 202-224-4343. The fax number is 202-228-1373. And Americans can email Bunning here.

Outraged Americans can also write Senator Bunning at:
316 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington,D.C 20510

Watch an unemployed Michigan woman telling Sen. Bunning he is hurting people:


23 Responses to “Michigan Unemployed to Sen. Bunning: You’re ‘Hurting People’”

  1. Jay Newcomer on February 28th, 2010 11:40 am

    Mr Bunning- Where were you when two wars were not paid for? Where were you when the budgets under Bush were never balanced ? Where were you when the bridge to no where was proposed by Mr. Stephens? Where where you when the country went bankrupt? Where were you when 5000 pork pieces of legislation were passed by the Senate?I know that you are leaving after your term , thanks to Mr. Mc Connell who would not back you for reelection.

  2. Dawn Black on February 28th, 2010 11:53 am

    He’s from the Party that says “NO” on everything and quite frankly doesn’t get a hoot about the American people, especially those who are unemployed thru no fault of their own!! Here’s an idea….let’s stop him from getting his paycheck!!! See how’d he like that one!

  3. Old Man Dotes on February 28th, 2010 11:58 am

    What’s going to happen is that some poor unemployed bastard will be pushed over the edge and try to kill Bunning.

  4. phil D on February 28th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Please pass the extension for UI and God Bless you.

  5. Sheryl Sutter on February 28th, 2010 12:16 pm

    Bet the unemployed of your Senator Bunning’s state can’t wait for election day to vote his butt out of office.

    How does it feel to know that you are taking much needed food, heat or possible a roof away from so many people…you people who have jobs, especially jobs that you were elected into, actually believe that all of us that are unemployed are enjoying a free ride. How utterly out of touch and foolish you are! I, myself have put out over 400 resumes in the past year, and trust me I have credentials…I was even willing to take any job that may be available only to find 500 other applicants in front of me. Enjoy your cushy job while you have it, but trust that these people that you are turning your back on now, will definitely turn their backs on you when you want your cushy position for another term. Shame on you, you are there to help your constituents…and not just the rich ones with jobs.

  6. Joseph Sousa on February 28th, 2010 12:47 pm

    I am full-time employed and I am paid well, howver everyday I deal with people who are about to loose their homes. These individuals are peopel who made sound investements and because of the national greed lost their jobs.
    I have a hard time to understand why we continue to support and elect indivduals like Mr. Bunning.
    Does not deserve to be called Senator.
    Senators look at the interest of the Nation and his citizens. He should be evalutaed to see if he is menatlly fit to represent the people.


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  8. Adam on February 28th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Ok, this guy is clearly an idiot. However, as someone else said he is from the party that says no! Aren’t you glad that there is a party that says no to reckless government spending, and a radical White House agenda?

    This Senator is clearly wrong on this issue, but on other issues is right on!

  9. commonman on February 28th, 2010 2:36 pm


    First, I agree with the above questioning of the mental stability of Bunning! he seems to be an extremely unhappy person by his grumpy looks.

    Now, Bunning is unhappy because he doesn’t have a chance at reelection due to the GOP not backing him. Bunning cares less about any deficit issues it’s all about being a spoiled rich brat not caring about anyone but himself.

    Why would he vote twice on Hollywood productions tax credits if he was so concerned about deficits. Why are stimulus funds being abused all across this country? Empty buildings with supposedly 70 employees working. , and millions of stimulus dollars lost. $800,000.00 dollar loan to a liquor store. STIMULUS FUNDS OF $500,000.00 for a dogie day care with flat screen TV’S for dogs. Yep, that is correct, in Indiana.

    Mr. Bunning couldn’t raise enough funds for re-election so he is taking out on Americans disadvantaged by economic collapse because of people just like him in office,

  10. Joanne on February 28th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Saving my breath, you are waste of space and a piece of shit!!!!! I will only pray that karma hits you right between your vicious, ugly, blinded eyes. You do not deserve to live in this country. We help others daily, and one of our own turns their back. You deserve to get spit at and refused of everything in the united states. Pure and Wholsome piece of SHIT

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  13. AMANDA on March 1st, 2010 3:14 pm

    DON’T GET [edited] UP BUNNING.

  14. Larry A. Lewis on March 1st, 2010 6:26 pm

    I think the United States should outsource all government jobs to Mexico, so the law makers understand how it feels to have their jobs sent to another country.

  15. Jennifer O on March 1st, 2010 7:11 pm

    I agree that something MUST be done about this one man….I have been unemployed since last October and have put out thousands of resumes
    but to no avail. Even with unemployment being a single mom with a teenage
    boy it has been hard. One shut off after another and barely enough food on
    the table. Unemployment doesnt even cover my rent. I already lost my car,
    the house is next and I cant even downgrade because I cant sell my home
    in this market. Now what? The DHS offices are understaffed and overwhelmed
    and dont assist you when you get unemployment. We get 45 dollars a month
    in food stamps and thats it. What will happen when they are bombarded in the
    next few weeks? The states will then have to step in and in turn will need help
    from the Feds. Its a circle of tape the nation is wrapping all of us in and its
    awfully cold in Michigan to live under a bridge….

  16. Petra Jones on March 1st, 2010 8:22 pm

    Mister Bunning,
    I am a gentle woman, 50 years of age and I lost my job 4 month ago. I write to you because I can’t understand that you are not giving the OK to the unemployment benefit extension. I don’t believe that you are worried about budgets and dept of this country.If you are so worried about that, why didn’t you block funding for senseless wars. You are hurting millions of people with your self serving disposition. Self serving, because I feel that you soon will retire and you do not have a worry in the world about your future as an old man. You may hope that you will go down in history with your stubborn unreasonable decision. You must be a bitter man to act the way you do. I almost think that you don’t lose any sleep at night and that you are more upset to miss a sports game over the tragedy that you inflict on millions of people. You are hurting people and your country. Many woman, man and children will never recover from this situation and America will bare the scars from the wounds of poverty for many years to come. You, senator Bunning, declared war on you own people and country without the traditional war weapons. I am afraid that you are too proud and stubborn to change your mind but I trust that goodness will prevail.

  17. Robert on March 1st, 2010 8:52 pm

    “U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., set up a charitable foundation in 1996, the year he entered baseball’s Hall of Fame. Every year since, he has been the fund’s biggest recipient.
    The non-profit Jim Bunning Foundation, which collects the money the former pitcher gets from autographing baseball memorabilia, has taken in more than $504,000, Senate and tax records show.
    Of that, Bunning has earned $180,000 in salary for working a reported hour a week.
    By contrast, the foundation has given $136,435, or about one-fourth of its income, to churches and charitable groups around Northern Kentucky. The largest sums went to local Catholic churches Bunning has attended.”

    This man, so called representive of the people doesn’t care and he’s not running for re-election. He’s living comfortably while others are in the country are severely struggling.
    I’ve been working since I was 17, I am now 43. I live in NJ, worked in NYC for many years paying almost $500 a week in taxes. I wasn’t making a six figure salary, $59,000 to be precise. The company I previously worked for laid off 45% of their entire work force. I haven’t used a credit card in over 20 years, I haven’t taken a loan out in over 20 years.
    Did I ask for the Government to back Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? No.
    Did I force people who couldn’t afford houses to get mortgages? No.
    Did I ask for investment banks, AIG, etc. to behave in a risky manner? No. Credit Default Swaps, Derivative Markets and so on all with ties to politicians.

    It’s amazing how polticians can evade taxes, take hand outs from lobbyists and when it comes to the people, they have no interest in helping them.

    I didn’t ask to become unemployed nor stay this way. The very few jobs that may be out there have so many other perspective unemployed people vying for the position, it makes it that much more difficult.
    I worked in IT, I have numerous certifications that aren’t a benefit to me as I have heard I am overqualified or “why would you want this position?” Just saying “it’s a job” isn’t good enough.
    I did manage to almost get two jobs, they were both put on hold indefinitely after I had been their favorite candidate for the opportunties.

    I thank all the politicians, both democrats, republicans and companies for outsourcing American jobs too. We’ve been sold on so many different facets, fleeced and continue to do.

    In conclusion, I’d also like to thank the IRS for expecting me to make payments for my taxes last year since I had collected the entire year. How would you like for me to pay those taxes? I can barely get by with rent, paying for my medical insurance, food, etc. as it stands right now. Even when I had the benefits, I still had to dip into what money I had saved, which is now gone too.
    Soon I could be homeless, no insurance but keep thinking you’re doing the right thing, for principle Mr. Bunning.
    I have many adjectives to describe someone like you but I will refrain.
    I will just believe in karma.

  18. kim robinson on March 1st, 2010 9:19 pm

    Bunning, you SOB! How dare you take priveledges and the given authority that the people of your state gave you and turn it into a personal power. You are not alone in the senate..You have been given a great opportunity to serve the American people but, instead you take that power and screw the unemployed. I pray that the God I serve will either remove you from your seat. I can’t wish anything else good on you. I don’t want to say to much but, you’re pathetic and a jerk. What are you thinking? Oh, I forgot you’re not!!

  19. Petra Jones on March 2nd, 2010 5:31 am

    It is amazing, that somewhat everyone is disappointed in you.Perhaps you are convinced that you are following the rules and that you are looking out for the people and America. Then mister Bunning, your believes and actions indicate that all the other senators and people are not. I wrote it before, I am a gentle person and I don’t wish bad on anyone. But for you I have a wish, that the special elevator exclusively for senators, takes you straight down and I hope that I will be forgiven. I know that this extension for benefits will not fix the problems but for millions that is all we have. I am scared about the future of so many people and the way I figure, it will cost America plenty more if we, the people are abandoned. This country is willing to offer help to other countries when in need and that is a wonderful way. Without sounding selfish but our economy need to become healthy again before we should nurture the rest of the world. America should invest in its people and its land first and when strong and with a healthy economy, then we can spread the wealth amongst the rest of the world.
    Kind regards and good luck to all that need it.

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  21. commonman on March 2nd, 2010 5:11 pm

    Mr. Bunning,

    Did a baseball hit you in the head causing brain damage? or are you retarded?

    Maybe, we should take away all of his benefits away that we pay for, and send him to Mexico to live where most of our jobs are going.

    This week Evansville Indiana Whirlpool plant announced will close moving its operations to Mexico. 1,100 more jobs are lost to another Country. Imagine that. This has been a typical move for companies for the last 30 years. WHY? and we wonder why there are no jobs in this Country.

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  23. Sherry on March 3rd, 2010 10:11 am

    I speak from being one of the unemployed. My husband lost his job in Nov and I closed my small business in Feb 09 so I don’t qualify for unemployment. I am sorry people but the $25 is not a big deal. The country doesn’t have the money. Why doesn’t the country stop with the intitlements? My son is 25 with no children. He has a friend the same age but has a child and makes the same amount of money. His live in girlfriend gets $600 a month in food stamps and on average they get $5,000 back in taxes! Both go to school free!!!!!!!!!!!!! Income for him is around $30,000. What’s wrong with that picture? My daughter was told that to get help with additional schooling if she worked part time and had a child she would get money. This country is screwed up. The young people who are able to work don’t because the gov is giving them money. I want to know why the unemployed pay taxes but people with children don’t. I know someone who runs to the ER all the time. She has insurance.My husband and I are living on 1/5 th of what we made so I say go Bunning! The American people need to stand on their own 2 feet and quit waiting for the crooked politicans to care for them.

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