"collateral damage to their procedural games."
This week’s Fuckwit of the Week is gonna be hard to single out. There are just so many of them! Two however, stand out…
Jim Bunning – Former MLB pitcher and all-around bag of batshit is our first nominee. This asshole was asked by his own party to retire. His stubborn, ignorant fuckery has now cost two thousand people their jobs, removed the safety net for unemployed workers and triggered a 20% cut in pay for Doctors whose patients are on Medicare. From the link:
Bunning was able to block the bill because Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate had signed off on passing it without a floor vote, instead asking that it be approved by unanimous consent – consent that Bunning withheld.
The federal Transportation Department said it was temporarily laying off 2,000 employees without pay starting yesterday and would begin suspending construction projects nationwide because a highway funding program ran out of money. That could be alleviated in days if the Senate acts or if the House passes another bill that extends the program.
While most Republicans distanced themselves from Bunning’s action, Democrats on the Hill painted the GOP as obstructionist and used the occasion to marshal public support for using a controversial tactic – budget reconciliation – to pass a health-care overhaul bill later this month.
“Bunning’s done more in the past few days to call attention to Republican procedural abuses in the Senate than anything we’ve seen before,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.).
The blocked bill also would have kept Medicare reimbursement rates at current levels.
As the result of the hold, the government yesterday began paying 21 percent less than before to doctors who see Medicare patients. Hoping the Senate would act soon to stave off the cuts, the Obama administration directed Medicare billing contractors to hold off processing claims for 10 business days. Medicare normally takes 14 days to pay doctors, so there would be no cuts in reimbursement if lawmakers move quickly.
The American Medical Association issued a blistering statement saying the Senate had made senior citizens “collateral damage to their procedural games.” (emphasis mine)
Bunning then refused to speak to the press that was hounding him for an explanation to his fuckwitted game. If that sumbitch wants to play games he should, at the very least, have the fucking balls to stand up for his…cough…convictions and face the media.
Next up is Jon Kyl. Kyl made a simply lovely statement regarding unemployment and the people that are receiving unemployment checks during this most horrible recession. The reason this fuckwit is holding up the bill is that he wants the estate tax to continue favoring those folks inheriting over 7 million bucks…gotta protect those uber-rich folks, don’t ya Jonny?
Guess we know where Kyl’s priorities are. I hope the unemployed in AZ remember this shit when they are in the voting booth. From HuffPo:
Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican whip, argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting “because people are being paid even though they’re not working.”
Unemployment insurance “doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work,” Kyl said during debate over whether unemployment insurance and other benefits that expired amid GOP objections Sunday should be extended.
“I’m sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can’t argue that it’s a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it’s a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here,” said Kyl.
This bastard gives me a migraine. Protecting the money of the uber rich whilst throwing the working class under the bus. Kyl is a douche nozzle of the highest order and our second nominee.
If you, my dear reader, have someone else that deserves the honor of being the Fuckwit of the Week, by all means, let me know in the comments section.