This piece of garbage is doing this simply to be a bastard, and really, no other reason, despite all his talk of concern over the deficit. And he's embarrassing his party. Or more accurately, he's showing us, overtly, what the Republican party really stands for, which is "getting in the way," and nothing else. He's demonstrating that the party represents no one human in this country, and wants to do nothing for the people of this country who have no other options.
Waste that filibuster, Bunning. Illustrate for us all what your party really is. In an election year, there will be many who will show their gratitude to your party. I think you know that. I think you're trying to ratfuck your own party. They may be letting you do this, in a miscalculation viewing you as a sacrificial figure who, with nothing to lose, can be allowed to do this thing that no other senator would dare do in an election year, just because it gets in the way of the Democrats. But it also gets in the way of the voters, and maybe they'll realize that all of the GOP's obstruction is doing the same.
Update: And now the idiot GOP thinks it has an issue, as another senator, John Kyl, decides to stick his foot into this, saying that unemployment benefits make people lazy. No, Kyl, there aren't any damn jobs. Going to do something to fix that? Of course not.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
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