Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breaking: An actual human backbone found in the Senate (hint: Tom Coburn)

The Hill is reporting that Senator Tom Coburn is willing to block any spending bills that are not paid for.  What a concept!  I've got an idea.  Why don't we call it PayGo?  Get ready for the predictable and choreographed media outrage:
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday vowed to block all future spending bills in the Senate that aren’t fully “paid for” with cuts to other spending programs.

Coburn and other Republicans are already blocking a $9 billion bill to extend jobless benefits for 30 days that isn’t offset with other spending cuts. That impasse halted benefits to 200,000 unemployed people this week.

In a phone interview with The Hill, Coburn said he would “absolutely” object to any other spending measure that isn’t funded.

“The fact is that the country wants us to start making hard choices on spending, and if we can’t do it on a $9 billion bill, then we’re certainly not going to be able to do it on our $1.6 trillion deficit,” he said.

“The problems are so severe in our country, our debt is so severe and the impact is so great in the near and long term that it’s time for some of us to take a stand. We may lose. But we’re not going to give up on doing the tough things that Washington needs to do, and if that earns us consternation, so be it.”
Let me tell you what causes me great consternation:  the fact that our elected representatives sit in their insulated, cushy perches of power and spend money like it flows from a bottomless artesian well from heaven, all the while knowing that money will be ultimately repaid (in cash or personal servitude) by our children (that can't fnd jobs now, have been laid off, furloughed or are underemployed), our grandchildren (that are helpless babies or children or unborn) and our great grandchildren (who will never know the phrase "the American dream.")

Fight on, Senator Coburn.  Clear-thinking Americans will have your back.

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