President Obama claims to be a big “Pay as you Go” proponent.
So does Nancy Pelosi.
In January, Harry Reid said this: â€œLetâ€™s not kid ourselves: we are in this financial situation â€“ and these pay-as-you-go rules are necessary â€“ because we spent the last decade spending money we didnâ€™t have. We spent trillions on two wars, tax breaks for multimillionaires and corporations, and other policies. Those days are over. We simply can no longer afford it.”
“We can’t afford it!” … Unless we can:
Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday ended his often angry, highly unpopular one-man stand against additional funding for jobless benefits, highway and transit programs and other government initiatives Tuesday night, finally agreeing to permit a vote on the measure.
The Kentucky Republican had objected last week to the $10 billion package, which would have extended several expiring government programs for a month. He wanted the provisions paid for, but other senators said these were emergency measures and didn’t need to be offset.
Oh my God! Bunning wanted the provisions paid for? What a jerk! That’s not what “Pay as you Go” is all about — it’s about… well, something like that, but not if a Republican pushes it!
Obama said not long ago that pay-as-you-go forces the government to operate like American families who can’t spend what they can’t make up in other areas. That is, of course, complete BS, because American families, when they over-extend, can’t pay for it by giving themselves a raise at work (“raising taxes” as the government calls it), printing more money, or simply snapping their fingers and calling it an “emergency,” which somehow justifies borrowing more money from their unborn great-grandchildren.
Sen. Bunning stood tall for a major plank in the Democrats’ platform — he had the courage of their convictions — and how was he repaid? He was bashed into submission. So much for bipartisanship.