(I have no idea who produced the title quote.)
Jim Bunning, the Republican Senator who is holding up passage of a bill which would extend unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage to over a million people, has been excoriated by the left and the media for his unflinching stance on this issue.
His reasoning for not allowing this bill to pass is not without merit. The bill, as constructed, cannot actually be paid. It is yet another example of legislation which, if passed, will just get tacked onto the enormous debt this nation now owes.
It also does not just contain emergency funding for unemployed Americans.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “The bill would have extended the Highway Trust Fund, whose expiration caused the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday to furlough nearly 2,000 employees without pay. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said states are losing more than $153 million a day in federal reimbursements.”
It would also suspend funding for a supposed 41 transportation projects nationally.
Why, in a bill designed to extend unemployment/COBRA benefits, would there be any funding for highway/transportation projects?
I thought the passage of the $787 billion stimulus package was supposed to provide for infrastructure jobs and “shovel-ready” transportation projects? This was central to Obama’s argument for enactment of his own version of the “WPA.”
Our country is in dire fiscal territory. We cannot keep spending money we don’t have on every project deemed necessary by Obama and his liberal legislatures.
However, this is just not the issue on which to plant a flag of fiscal discipline.
This is where Bunning draws the line? With an issue like this?
Senator Bunning’s personal cursade runs the risk of costing us the war.
He is giving Democrats, Obama, and the media a gruff, unyielding face to connect with their accusation of Republicans as being the “party of no.”
This country has lost over 3.5 million jobs since Obama was elected. The stimulus, a bill passed to make sure that would not happen, has failed.
If this guy had any sense, he would be tying Obama to the unemployment benefits and hammering away at him for being the cause of so much joblessness.
Then, he should pass the bill.
I turned on CNN this morning, and Senator Bunning’s erroneously described “one-man filibuster” was front and center in their reporting. They had on the program unemployed people who would be affected if the bill is not passed, explaining their situations, tugging on heart strings, as is the wont of the left.
As much as I abhor the pimping out of people to score emotional points, I actually have to sympathize with them in this case.
The majority of people who have lost their jobs since Obama has taken over are not “freeloaders.” Their current state of unemployment is a direct result of the horrible economic policies enacted by Obama and the Democratic majority.
These policies have weakened the economic health of this nation to a point where those on unemployment, though actively seeking new employment, have little to no chance of finding anything which can financially sustain them and their families.
Many of these people have been paying unemployment taxes for decades, and, now, unfortunately, they need to avail themselves of the program.
Not because they did something wrong, but because Obama has failed to do anything right.
There are fiscal battles which can be fought every day in the fetid chambers of Congress. There is no dearth of examples of financial waste and undisciplined spending.
But, to dig in your heels and presume to claim the fiscal high-ground on something which, if not passed, will have a profoundly negative effect on the economic well being of millions of mostly honest citizens is an exercise in selfish morality.
Pass the damn bill, Senator.
Live to fight another day.