Jim Bunning

Podcast: Jim Bunning, 2nd Amendment, Health Care Reform, Reconciliation, Extremism, Puppycide,Guests: Doug Deal & Mike Hassinger

This week, Jason and Brett talk with United Liberty contributors Doug Deal and Mike Hassinger.

Their discussion covered:

Podcast: Afghanistan War, Huckabee-Maurice Clemmons, Bernanke Re-Nomination, Iran News & More, Guest: Stephen Gordon

Note: Brad Warbiany from The Liberty Papers was originally penciled in as a guest for the podcast, but some technical difficulties required a re-recording of the show.  He was missed on the final product, but we plan to have him on again in the very near future.

Jason and Brett were joined by Stephen Gordon, principal with Forward Focus Media for the re-record, as well as the original.

Together, they discuss:

Rand Paul’s victory speech

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KY Senate: Bunning endorses Rand Paul

News broke last night that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who is retiring, will endorse Rand Paul to succeed him as the next Senator from the Bluegrass State:

In a rebuke to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment, retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) endorsed Rand Paul Wednesday in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary.

 

“Dr. Paul will be his own man in Washington, not beholden to the special interests and beltway insiders who come looking for handouts on a daily basis,” said Bunning in a statement.

 

Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and the son of former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), is facing Secretary of State Trey Grayson in next month’s primary.

 

By declaring his preference for Paul to succeed him, Bunning is extracting a measure of political revenge.

There has been friction between Bunning and McConnell, who is supporting Trey Grayson,  for some time, and this is the latest public display of that.

Trey Grayson, Paul’s opponent, fired a shot at Sen. Bunning:

Bunning wants PAYGO rules followed before extending unemployment benefits

As you may know, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) has been holding up $10 billion in extended unemployment benefits. It’s a procedural tactic. Every time another Senator calls for unanimous consent, Bunning objects. Unfortunately, not many in his caucus are defending him.

Some in the media are calling it a filibuster. It’s not. And Bunning is not doing this because he philosophically opposes unemployment benefits. He plans on voting for them. Bunning is objecting because he wants the Democratic majority to abide by the PAY-GO rules. For those of you that don’t know, PAY-GO requires any new spending to be paid for by a tax increase or spending cuts. This different from paying for this extension through debt.

While I wish Bunning were doing this on philosophical and constitutional grounds, kudos to him for standing up for holding Democrats accountable.

Sen. Jim Bunning’s Statement Opposing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

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Rand Paul for Senate?

Now that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) will not seek re-election, Rand Paul may consider a bid for the United State Senate:

Rand Paul, a Kentucky ophthalmologist, has said he would seek his state’s Republican nomination for senator only if Bunning didn’t. On Monday, Bunning announced he would not seek a third term because of a lack of campaign funds.

But Paul has not fully committed to a Senate run.

“We’re very close and probably there will be some announcement from us in a week to 10 days,”he told FOXNews.com.

Paul said he is talking to family and friends and gauging public support.

“We only want to do this if we can win,”he said.

Time to Fight the Real War on Terror

The terrorists we must fight are not crouched in caves thousands of miles away.

The terrorists we must fight are threatening us with financial weapons of mass destruction that are destroying our economic system.

As described by Warren Buffet in his 2003 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, the financial industry has created new types of derivatives that he described as “financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially lethal.”

As summarized in this BBC article:

Contracts devised by ‘madmen’


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