Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why is commitment so rare in politics?

Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore "Pay As You Go" budget discipline.

--Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Incoming House

Jim Cooper and his fellow Blue Dogs stand up to hypocrisy on spending

“We’re completely overacting,” said Rep. Jim Cooper, a Blue Dog from Tennessee and a senior Democrat on the Budget Committee. “Everything’s an emergency. And an emergency’s a perfect lobbying excuse to get your bill passed that you couldn’t get through in regular order.

Cooper, who was one of 10 Democrats who in January voted against the $168 billion economic stimulus package that was financed through deficit spending, said he sees similar writing on the wall now.

“If you add up all the bills, there are probably 100 that are pay-go-compliant and four or five that aren’t,” said Cooper. “But with every exception it reduces its force. Pretty soon pay-go will have so many loopholes that there won’t be any pay-go left.”

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps the tepid public response to Hillary and John's proposals for suspending the gas tax suggests that the voters are not as dumb as they used to be?