Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What use is "PayGo" if you don't pay as you go?

Earlier today I saw a post titled Bunning's callous grandstanding from the Lexington Herald Leader at Memeorandum.  The title aside as a former Kentuckian I was particularly interested in reading my former newspaper's point of view.  Here is a small excerpt that will give you the gist of the article:

As long as Republicans were in charge, Sen. Jim Bunning was OK with trading a surplus for a deficit. He voted to put two wars, tax cuts and a Medicare drug benefit on the nation's credit card.

Now that Republicans are no longer in charge, Bunning is drawing the line on deficit spending. He's doing it in a way that shows callous contempt for the more than one in 10 working Kentuckians whose jobs disappeared in the economic meltdown.

Needless to say, I felt compelled to comment.  I completed the registration form and was allowed to comment as a "guest" until I was sent and activated their activation link.  Fair enough.  I posted the following comment:
CarolynTackett wrote on 03/02/2010 05:17:51 PM:

If I understand your argument, you are saying that poor fiscal behavior in the past should prohibit Sen. Bunning from acting responsibly now. Are you sure you want to hang your hat on that one?

Bunning is not preventing the measure from coming to the floor or coming to a vote and this is not a filibuster. The bill can be passed without unanimous consent. Is there a reason why Dems don't want to go that route?

Which resulted in the following response:

SelfCenteredAmerican wrote on 03/02/2010 05:29:49 PM:

The extension needed unanimous consent to pass because Democrats have labeled it an emergency spending measure. Bunning rejected a motion for unanimous consent again Tuesday morning.


Ms Tackett, it is a public board but we all try to have our facts straight before we post. It's ok if you don't...all that will really happen is your credibility will suffer. You may care about that and then again you might not.
It occurred to me that I may not have been clear that unanimous consent would only be necessary if the bill was to be passed without bringing it to a floor for debate or full consideration as explained here, here, and here

Unfortunately, I suddenly wasn't allowed to comment as a "guest" and the activation link I was emailed didn't work.  Clearly, I have no God given right to comment anywhere and I reserve the right to delete or block any comments I see fit on this site.  However, I would not delete a comment or block a commenter simply because I disagreed with it.

That said, had I been able to comment I would have said that "PayGo" is worthless unless Congress actually pays as it goes.  I would have said that I am proud of Bunning for standing on principal and that it is a shame that we don't have more like him. 

Unemployment checks were never in danger despite the girlie men of the Left's characteristic hot flashes over not getting their way.  As I type this, Fox is reporting that Bunning and the Dems have decided to compromise, the money has been found and oh yeah, whatever "it" is the Dems will probably vote against it.  I don't know what "it" is so I'll take a wait and see attitude.  Further, Michelle Malkin has updated that Bunning's Kentucky offices have received a bomb threat.  That isn't the Kentucky I remember.

Read also Bunning Stands Alone


Quite Rightly said...


Bunning is a hero in my book. What he is doing takes courage, no ifs, ands, or buts.

The WSJ ran a story about Bunning that is most interesting for some of its comments (I think). You might want to take a look. Maybe the WSJ will let you comment.

Carol said...

Quite Rightly, It is hard to explain but I have this really huge rant building up inside. As dumb as it sounds, I want people on the Left to understand that I get it. I don't mean the stupid panderers-I mean the honestly good people who see, or think they see, unemployment checks being "held up" and ideology aside, worry that someone will go hungry. I am dealing with that on a personal level and then I get up and deal with it on a professional level. If, as in my state, we are going to give unemployed people $275 a week while they are unemployed can't we at least look at what we are paying for that we can do without? Florida's unemployment bank is flat assed broke yet we took our Stimulus dollars and built a turtle tunnel. Florida's unemployment is broke but they are asking us to increase our sales tax to pay for a train. In Florida we are broke but we have money for what? That's what I don't get.