Last week President Obama announced (on TV, of course) that he was blessing and signing new legislation call the PAYGO bill that ordered the House and Senate not to pass any new spending bills without a corresponding cut in another program or a new tax to pay for the cost of the bill. “We must do what every American family and small business does every day. Not spend what they can’t pay for.” (How he could stand there with a straight face and say that with the 14-month spending spree he just approved with borrowed money is beyond me.)
Less than a week after he signed the bill into law, a bill landed on the Senate floor costing $10 billion without a way to pay for it except for more borrowing. Senator Jim Bunning (Republican from Kentucky) correctly stated that “We cannot approve this bill as there is no way to pay for it and we just passed the PAYGO Law.” He refused to sign off on the spending bill without a way to pay for it.
You would have thought he killed the Easter Bunny. He was ridiculed by the Dems and even some of his own party begged him to relent (since the spending bill was not a written bill and was an “emergency bill” it need 100% approval.)
The hypocrisy of the other Senators was appalling. Forget what the money was for. They broke the law they just signed and should be held accountable. They ignore a bill they just passed and think we won’t hear about it. Thank God for Fox News. ABC, NBC and CBS had stories about his filibuster but all of them failed to mention the PAYGO bill that was just passed. Instead they pointed out what the money was to go for and how poor Americans were going to be hurt by the Senator’s selfish, self-promotion, grandstanding actions.
Are we ever going to get this spending controlled? I fear not.