Published On: Sat, Mar 6th, 2010

In defense of Jim Bunning

Honestly, I know little about the voting record of Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning (R), but I have to say that his recent vote to put a hold on a $10 billion bill to pay for extended unemployment benefits and other popular programs was a very principled stand.

As a matter of fact, Mr. Bunning was merely following the reauthorization of the newly reinstated Pay-As-You-Go bill the Congress just passed a few weeks earlier. In this bill, Congress cannot spend on anything new without cutting back somewhere else.
Damn, they have very short memories. He was chastised from the left and right. Politics!

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Congress MUST stop the deficit spending even for so-called “worthy” things. We just can’t afford it and beside I believe Mr. Bunning is not against extending unemployment benefits, just how to pay for it.

As the man who is trying to take the Senatorial seat that the retiring Bunning currently holds, Dr. Rand Paul had said on CNN, we should take it from the stimulus money that is already available instead of creating more debt.
It always scares me when politicians slap the “emergency” label on anything in an effort to justify more spending.
Democrats, who control the Senate, had insisted the measure should be treated as an “emergency” bill exempt from pay-as-you-go rules. This is the same tactic they use in a myriad of spending and other bills over the may years I’ve followed Washington.
US citizens should ALWAYS be wary of politicians that do this.
Unfortunately, Mr. Bunning backed down from his vote amid pressure from Mitch McConnell and reported death threats.
So here we are, Congress, a few weeks ago agree to cut spending and waste to help reduce the deficit and here we are adding more to the deficit today.
In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, Good Grief!
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