Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sen. Bunning is doing what all members of Congress ought to do; be fiscally responsible.

Breaking news struck around 6:30 p.m. that Sen. Bunning (R-KY) had reached a deal with Senate Democrats to end his objection to extending funds for unemployment benefits that put thousands of government workers on furlough starting last Monday. "I hope Senate Democrats tonight vote for their own 'pay fors' and show Americans that they are committed to fiscal discipline. I will be watching them closely and checking off the hypocrites one by one" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35675122/ns/politics-capitol_hill/). Many accused Sen. Bunning as being a hypocrite for his past votes on spending and tax cuts while objecting to hold Democrats to their own "pay as you go" bill. Sen. Bunning did vote against "pay as you go".

The objection raised by Sen. Bunning was refreshing to see a member of Congress to stand up others in the chamber to demand fiscal responsibility. I have been reading Facebook, media outlets and various blog sites as it pertains toward the objection raised by Sen. Bunning. When Sen. Bunning first made his objection last week he asked for Majority Leader Sen. Reid (D-NV) to use the Stimulus bill to pay for the $10B instead of passing the current bill without a funding source. I understand that $10B may be viewed as insignificant compared to the trillions of dollars being spent. Many, even some inside of Sen. Bunning's party, complained that he was hurting Americans by holding up the funding.

Sen. Bunning should be applauded for his stance regardless if it late in the game. A stance needs to be taken. The last time we went to the ballot box to vote for President of the United States many pulled the lever for Sen. Obama because he promoted change and hope. Even though many, those who took the time to vet Obama, knew his run to the middle was a charade and the true Obama leans extremely to the left. Since taking office we have seen a quadrupling of the deficit, a rise in the debt ceiling, broken promises to change Washington and to get people back to work. Obama has failed on nearly every campaign promise. Sen. Bunning is not running for re-election this year so perhaps this is why he is standing on principle and holding things up and the feet of the Democrats to the fire. I really don't care his reasoning; I am just happy to see a member of Congress to stand up and demand to know how we are going to pay for the $10B extension of unemployment benefits.

It will be interesting to see how the vote comes out and the deal made to pay for this extension.