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Jim Bunning winds up and takes aim at Wall Street bailout

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Work from home during the day and you're occasionally going to land on a television channel that offers some fantastic midday programming. For me, that channel right now is CNBC where Sen. and former pitcher Jim Bunning (R.- KY, Tigers, Phillies) is just taking apart Treasury secretary Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke for the Wall Street bailouts. You'd think he was playing with Legos.

In case you haven't been following the story, Bunning has been one of the most vocal opponents of the moves, throwing more strikes from his spot on the Senate Finance Committee than he did in his perfect game against the Mets in the earliest days of Shea Stadium.

A sampling of Bunning's comments:

"The greed on Wall Street is only exceeded by the stupidity of the Treasury secretary and the chairman of the Federal Reserve."

"I sincerely believe that Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke should resign. They have taken the free market out of the free market." Bloomberg

"The free market for all intents and purposes is dead in America." Houston Chronicle

"When I picked up my newspaper yesterday, I thought I woke up in France. But no, it turned out it was socialism here in the United States." Bloomberg

Tell you what: After watching Bunning in action today, I can only imagine what he was like to face from the batter's box. One doesn't have to guess which initials are printed on his wallet.

(And here some hysterical readers thought I only said bad things about the GOP.)

A big BLS head nod to OGR and his fellow Stewies down on the floor for the tip.

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