published Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Senator calls Congress' bluff

There was great sound and fury in Washington this week when Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., temporarily blocked passage of a bill that would tack an additional $10 billion onto our huge federal budget deficit.

What troubled Sen. Bunning was that Congress was unwilling to offset the new spending -- which would go toward federal transportation projects, new unemployment benefits and some other items -- with cuts in other areas of the ever-expanding federal government.

Sen. Bunning was not necessarily opposed to the projects and benefits the bill would fund. Rather, he simply wanted them to be paid for without adding to deficits.

After all, lawmakers recently enacted so-called "pay-as-you-go" rules saying that new spending may not add to our crippling deficits, and Sen. Bunning wanted to see whether they meant what they said when they adopted those rules. In effect, he was calling Congress' bluff. So he proposed that instead of adding to deficits, $10 billion in unspent funds from the so-called "stimulus" be used to pay the tab.

"We cannot keep adding to the debt," he said. "It's over $14 trillion and going up fast."

Unfortunately, lawmakers immediately proved that the "pay-go" rules Democrats sought for so many years are meaningless. Democrats balked furiously at the idea of cutting other spending to pay for new spending.

Sen. Bunning is now being denounced for blocking federal spending. Instead, he should be praised for proving that Congress' supposed "pay-as-you-go" rules are really "pay-as-you-borrow-and-tax" rules.

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Musicman375 said...

Here is another example of how the Democrats always want to do what feels right to them at the time, without worrying about the consequences. Plenty of people are in debt upto their eyeballs because they would try to justify spending $5.00 here and $10.00 there, only to find out how quickly those small charges really add up. Well, it is the same case here with the feds. This attitude of "what is $10B more when the debt is $14T?" has got to stop. $10B is $10B. Even Gates would say that's a lot of money. Just because our overall debt is ten times higher does not mean we should keep spending.

People need to stop wearing their hearts on their sleeves and realize that we cannot always make everyones' problems "go away" by spending money we don't have. I am not saying I want unemployment benefits to run out on anyone, but reallocate funds. Don't create even more debt.

March 3, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.

Exactly right. Bunning did his job, something the Dim-Progs in this administration and the Progs in the last one refused to do. Now generations will pay themselves into debtors prison and into slavery when the Slave Masters call in their debt.

Doncha just love all the MSM freaking out and distorting/lying about the Senator and his intentions? Instead of looking at the ones in Power whose evil faces should be slapped into the nether world (where they'll be eventually anyway) for further bankrupting this nation and continually lying to its people.

March 3, 2010 at 10:17 a.m.
gwbled said...

Give me a break! Bunning and others voted for every piece of legislation during the Bush years that started our deficit towards a trillion dollars. Bush didn't know how to use a veto and he talked as if he was fiscally conservative. There was a surplus when he entered office and Bunning and the rest destroyed our budget and now act like they are so pure when they are the minority.

March 4, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

Way to go Bunning...

"The U.S. Transportation Department will lay off 2,000 employees today, halting construction projects, reimbursements to state governments and highway safety programs, according to a statement."

Unfortunately this only a fraction of the damage caused.

March 4, 2010 at 9:59 a.m.

gwbled, you're alittle cockeyed on your facts there Bub. And you don't read our posts too well-wee bit of trouble with reading/comprehension under those Leftist profs' indoctrination-edu-obscufation, huh?

The Progressives (left-progs like yourself) in the "last administration" refers to Bush and the Neo-Con fake conservatives. Clinton was also part of the problem, Big Problem, he not only sold us out completely to China, he was on the same crazy, Progressive Path when the Repubs took control of Congress and then Slick Willy miraculously became fiscally conservative. This whole thing goes back decades.

Fast forward to the here and NOW. Bunning voted to extend ALL the UE benefits everytime, yet he had a duty and a right to call the lying Dims on their supposed "paygo" plan they instituted. We WANT our Pols to do their job and cut spending. If you don't, then join the other saps here who will never see reason. Now go into the future, if you have one, and learn to call out and investigate your own kind in power, in the Congress and in the White House.

Boy, shades of hotdigger. Did he leave his spawn in charge while enjoying his Elitist, Union President salaried "out-of-country" four month vacation? Aah, how the Left and the Silly Servants live it up, all the while calling for a Socialist/Communist "Utopia" for the rest of us.

March 5, 2010 at 11:16 a.m.
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