I am first excited to be here at Virginia Right assisting Tom White in his blog. I hope I increase and not decrease the readership! May Jesus be praised by all my posts! Here’s my FIRST post.
The nightly news painted Senator Jim Bunning as slightly off his rocker. Holding up crucial legislation just to make a political point. But what was his point? He wanted the bill paid for in the budget not just add ten billion more added to the debt. The Washington Post admitted this was Sen. Bunning’s point:
As the Senate stalemate continued, Bunning said he objected in part because the measures were not paid for; [Majority Leader Harry] Reid insisted that they were.
Here was one example of the criticism:
“One single Republican senator is standing in the way of unemployment benefits for 400,000 Americans,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said on the Senate floor.
Here’s another from Sen. Schumer of New York:
“It’s vital, vital, vital that we move this forward.”
Almost sounds like a great Hollywood debate (from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington):
Senator Jeff Smith, unfairly framed for his intent to speak out against the corruption of his state, decides to filibuster the senator to draw up support for his claim of innocence. he was trying to hold up a deficiency bill that the graft had been imbedded in. The senators begin to pepper him with questions:
“Has the gentleman the effrontery to stand there,…and try to force postponement of the deficiency bill?”
“…this bill has been months in both houses, delayed and delayed, why millions will be without food and shelter, public works will be at a standstill.”
“Are we going to keep relief from the country?’
Smith refused to back down. Keep in mind that the mainstream media in the movie portrayed Smith as an unprincipled crook trying to delay essential services.
The nightly news made it sound like Bunning was deliberately holding up progress for a crass political reason. But more senators should have stood with him. Even President Obama stated his support for “pay-go” principles in budgeting. Both parties have used accounting tricks and gimmicks to “pay for” things. But now it must stop – unless you want to call the tune of the Red Chinese.