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“Pay Go” My Ass

May 11, 2010

Democrats poised to move measures with high price tags

In case we needed another sign that Congress is completely out of touch with reality, the Dems plan on pushing even more deficit spending.

Democratic leaders are looking in the next three weeks to send President Barack Obama a slew of measures that cost more than $200 billion, including a multiyear extension of unemployment benefits, an extension of expiring tax provisions and Medicare doctor payments totaling $180 billion and a $33 billion Afghanistan war supplemental bill.

Because most of those costs won’t be paid for, Republicans plan to use those bills and the Democrats’ budget blueprint to highlight massive deficits ahead of the congressional midterm election. Republicans have recently been pointing to Greece’s dismal fiscal situation as a warning, claiming that the U.S. will be headed for a similar fate unless the deficits are curtailed.
Two important items of note: extending unemployment entitlements again, and the “doc fix” that was specifically left out of Obamacare so that it wouldn’t run into the red.  Plus, it’s more deficit spending!  What the hell happened to “pay go?”  The Dems response:

“As much as [Republicans] would like you to forget, they passed an agenda that benefited big corporate special interests and the wealthy at the expense of middle-class families and then turned around and left our grandkids with the bill,” said Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Assistant to the Speaker Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). “Democrats inherited an economic disaster from a party who had about as much fiscal responsibility as MC Hammer. We have taken responsible steps to clean up their mess. It’d be nice if Republicans reined in their political ambitions, grabbed a mop and joined us.”

In other words, “the Republicans did it first!”  It’s like listening to my kids (who are five and six).  The question I have is, do they really think it matters who did it first?  Of course the Republicans spent too much…that’s why they’re now in the Congressional minority.  It doesn’t excuse this complete and utter stupidity!

This country can’t afford to keep spending money it doesn’t have.  And doing so actually has consequences…look at Greece.

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