Kentucky Senator Snubbed

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning was the toast of Detroit when he threw a no-hitter for the Tigers in 1958.

Now, after opposing a federal bailout for the auto industry, the
Republican senator from Kentucky can't even get a gig signing
autographs at a suburban sports-card show.

Bunning was to appear Sunday at the Gibraltar Trade Center in
Taylor. Fans would have paid $35 for Bunning to sign a baseball and
$55 to sign a bat.

But Bunning was kicked off the schedule after he helped derail
an auto-industry loan package in the Senate Thursday night.

Owner Jim Koester says he can't support someone who voted
against Michigan's economic well-being.

Messages seeking comment were left for Bunning's office.

Bunning is a Hall of Famer who pitched in Detroit from 1955 to

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  • by Jamie Location: Harlan on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    What an idiot. Him and McConnell. How could anyone in this state support someone who doesnt support the united states Automotive industry? Our state is the 3rd largest producer of automobiles right behind Michigan and Ohio. Dont you think our economy is going to hurt badly if GM Chrysler or Ford goes under???? You didnt see these two bozos voting no when it came to giving AIG the big bailout did you????
  • by JPB Location: KY on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    Hey "come on" are you kidding? The government won't bail out any individual, just the big multi-million dollar companies. The average citizen is up the creek if they face bankruptcy!
  • by J Location: KY on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Hey Margaret, if it wasn't for the unions, you or your friends daughter would work for a dollar an hour with no benefits! It would pretty much be slave labor.
  • by Joyce Location: Somerset on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Most of you generous people seem to be forgetting that it is US - you, me, our children and grandchildren - who will be paying for these bailouts for many years to come, while the CEOs, whose greed and bad business decisions responsible for this mess, are living like kings, with no intention of modifying their extravigant lifestyles. It turned my stomach when they showed up in Washington with their hands out, wearing their Armani suits and arriving in their private jets. They just don't get it. These greedy over-paid CEOs should be put out on the street (or in jail), without their multi-million dollar "bonuses", their penthouses and yachts should be sold, and the money put back into the companies where it belongs. Their decision-making abilities are no better now than they were when they got into this mess, and US bailing them out will change nothing. It will just be back to "business as usual" for them. Throwing money at them will only buy them a little more time on the take.
  • by margaret Location: taylor mi on Dec 16, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    I have already posted 1 time on this board. Like I said I was against the bail out to start. The reason was my friend's daughter got a job at GM in Pontiac last year just before the union contract signing. This is one of the reasons the company is broke. 3 months later she was asked if she wanted her contract bought out or take a layoff. She chose to take the buy out, just 60,000. With less than 3 months into the contract. The unions are what destroyed this country. I feel people that worked 20-30 years deserve their pension funds but this other move is beyond me. When I was growing up my grandparents survived on Social Security and no medical benefits. So toss the unions OUT ! Down fall of the country !
  • by mike on Dec 16, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    to paul in sville what would it be like in eastern ky with the union coal miners they make good money too they would be working for nothing even nonunion mine have to pay beyyer because they want to keep workers an keep the unions out the unions are not thugs of days gone by the average auto maker gm ford crysler dont make to much more than toyota workers and the cost of living up north is more the problem is not the workers wages it the ceos and stock holders wanting a big proffit yea cut the ceos and wages and bonus but dont put down the worker for trying to make it
  • by Come on on Dec 16, 2008 at 04:04 AM
    I don't think anyone should be bailed out. What kind of a message is that sending to people. Hey spend all your money on extravagent things and the goverment will bail you out. I am short on the rent this month anyone want to bail me out. Don't get me wrong I am in no way a supporter of Mcconnel but maybe, just maybe he has his head out of his a@@ on this one.
  • by Tommy Location: Floyd County on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:12 AM
    If you believe Bunning is wrong, send money to the UAW to help them. I am sure they will take it. Bunning represents KY not MI. He has my vote. OK all you good liberal Democrats, give til it hurts, just not my money. I bet no one sends a dime. You just want to spend my money, not yours.
  • by Angry Citizen Location: Lexington on Dec 15, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    The UAE is done. They were needed decades ago when auto workers needed fair wages, but they are the problem now! They drive up the cost of production of vehicles and are a major part of this problem. Get rid of the UAE!
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Dec 15, 2008 at 01:56 PM
    So the government should give money to people who manage their business poorly so they can continue to manage it poorly? Do you people honestly believe that will save the auto worker? Unfortunately, the auto workers are gonna suffer sooner or later. If the government bales the big three out the workers will see very little of that money. We have to face facts. Restructuring these companies will save far more jobs than rewarding them for failure by bailing them out with no conditions.


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