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Whoever examines with attention the history of the dearths and famines … will find, I believe, that a dearth never has arisen from any combination among the inland dealers in corn, nor from any other cause but a real scarcity, occasioned sometimes perhaps, and in some particular places, by the waste of war, but in by far the greatest number of cases by the fault of the seasons; and that a famine has never arisen from any other cause but the violence of government attempting, by improper means, to remedy the inconveniences of a dearth. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations IV.5.44)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Utah's GOP Senators Support PAYGO

Maybe it's because it's an election year. Maybe it's because Bennett realizes that frankly, we've had it with his "demonsheep Conservatism" and passing off of principles for compromise...and Hatch knows he's next up to bat in 2012.

But whatever the reason, Bennett and Hatch were numbered among 19 lowly GOP senators who voted in support of Jim Bunning's (R-KY) brave stance in correctly pointing out that a $10B proposition to extend unemployment benefits (read: welfare subsidies now as these folks are long-term unemployed) should be paid for by the recently-passed PAYGO provisions. Brian Darling of the Foundry at summed it up this way:

Basically, liberals in Congress love the idea of PAYGO, yet they refuse to enforce the statutory requirements that all new spending be offset. They do this by designating all new spending as an “Emergency Designation.” This is feel good politics at its worst, because the left can claim they are for PAYGO, yet PAYGO has yet to restrain any spending. Furthermore, the vote on PAYGO in the House helped pave the way for a $1.9 trillion increase in the debt limit. Therefore one can argue that PAYGO actually increased spending in the Congress.

Although we have been quite critical of Bennett on this blog (and quite justifiably so!) we do need to praise our elected officials when they do the right thing--and in this case, so it was. There are 79 Senators out there including every single Democrat and Obama who signed the bill who still has yet to get the teaparty message about reigning in spending.


Soloman said...

I'm confused - is your link a record of the final bill with Bunning's amendment added?

The confusion lies in that I heard Jon Kyl speak out in strong support for Bunning, yet he voted the bill up.

That's not like him. I'd expect such from McCain, but not Kyl, he's pretty darned straight line Conservative.

nacilbupera said...


Sorry for the confusion; we should have been more specific. There were 2 votes. The first vote with the "Bunning amendment" was supported by 43 senators (all GOP including Kyl +Lieberman, Lincoln, Feingold, & Nelson). As soon as the bill with the Bunning Amendment failed, the Senate voted again and GOP Senators showed their true colors with the "19 lowly GOP senators" supporting. Kyl and McCain got to vote for the Bunning Amendment before they voted to throw PAYGO to the dogs.

We would be curious to see if you can get either Senator from our good neighbors in AZ to explain their switch.

Soloman said...

Thank you for clarifying.

I'm baffled by Kyl, as I said before. I understand he supported the Bunning Amendment and that's great, but I thought I heard audio of him voicing strong support for the entirety of Bunning's principle.

McCain to me is a no-brainer. He got to have his cake and eat it too by voting for the amendment, yet lost no moderate AZ voters with the latter vote.

McCain is on AM 550 KFYI tomorrow afternoon. I will see if I can get through and ask him about it, or perhaps the host will ask.

In the mean time I will write letters to Kyl and McCain's office and ask for clarification.

nacilbupera said...


Keep us posted. And if you guys can replace McCain, our hats off to you!