FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Men On A Mission
You know, at some point there has to be parity. There has to be parity between what is happening in the real world, and what is happening in the public sector world. The money does not grow on trees outside this building or outside your municipal building. It comes from the hard working people of our communities who are suffering and are hurting right now. – Gov. Chris Christie (HT: Michelle Malkin)
As the American State has grown throughout the post WW II Era, the discontinuity Gov. Chris Christie just mentioned has expanded. The public sector lives on the backs of the private economy. The private economy shrinks every year, while the government grows larger. At some point some unsupportable end game ensues where the massive public sector presses its weight upon a smaller buttress. Eventually, it has to all blow up.
Decent and commendable public servants like Gov. Christie and Senator Bunning try to tell us this singularity of state-sponsored insolvency draws nigh. They stand up and catch Hell for their decency. They tell the rest of the governing caste that which it wishes not to hear.
Senator Bunning, who the GOP unceremoniously sent to the showers in preparation for election 2010, has just given the Senate a retirement party, rather than vice-versa. The US Senate wanted to spend $10Bn to extend retirement benefits, pave roads and fund other things various and sundry. It wanted to do so without identifying any source for these funds. Senator Bunning refused the unanimous consent request to pass the measure without debate.
He was predictably excoriated for making the Senate set $10Bn on fire and burn it publically. Senator Bunning’s temporary taking away of the bread clearly rendered the circus monkeys nervous. The execrable and dishonest Mike Trupo of The US labor Department wasted no time in releasing the following statist propaganda.
If Emergency Unemployment Compensation and full federal funding for the Extended Benefit program are not extended, 400,000 Americans will lose unemployment benefits during the first weeks in March. By May, nearly 3 million people could be left without these benefits. Furthermore, if the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act subsidy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is not extended, thousands of families will lose access to affordable health care.
If the extension is not approved, an estimated 500,000 workers who lose their jobs will be ineligible for subsidies to cover the cost of health care over this month. Over the rest of 2010, an estimated 5 million workers will be ineligible for the Recovery Act COBRA subsidy that covers 65 percent of the cost of coverage. Without this assistance, many of these families will be forced to join the ranks of the uninsured.
“It is essential that Congress extend the unemployment insurance and COBRA subsidy programs that are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The consequences of partisan obstructionism could not be clearer. If the extension is not approved immediately, millions of Americans could lose the safety net programs they deserve and desperately need.”
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to temporarily extend crucial benefits — including unemployment insurance. In the Senate chamber, however, Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky is blocking the extension. Senate leadership has called for the Senate to unanimously move this package on multiple occasions, but Sen. Bunning has blocked the process each time.
In pitching a grand finale of a last inning, Senator Bunning forced the US Senate to take up gavel and formally discuss and vote for the funding measure. He forced them to go on record and explain exactly why this was enough of a priority to spend $10Bn of unfunded dollars for it.
Senator Harry Reid could have brought this to vote at any point. He delayed it for as long as he thought the suffering and fear of the unemployed could serve his nefarious ends. And why extend this spending repeatedly by unanimous consent? We go further and further into irreconcilable debt and our Congress puts the process on streamlined autopilot. Whatever happened to glorious and sanctimonious PayGo?
Bravo to Senator Bunning.
The man is making a valid and necessary point. One day, in our coming dystopic future, the Americans will line up again like zombies for the benefits and the money to disburse them will not exist. Who do I kid? It already does not exist; and in our future, the credit to pretend it exists will vaporize as well.
During his days as a professional baseball pitcher, Jim Bunning undoubtedly threw the occasional high, hard fastball to make his point. Bunning uncorked the high cheese on the US Senate. Linda Solis soiled her bureaucratic nighties over not getting a unanimous consent from the Senate for a very small fraction of the current welfare effluvium. What exactly are these geniuses intending to do when there is no “full faith and credit” to be had anymore for the US Treasury?
I close this with another sampling of Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey. He already knows what he has to do once the government’s creditworthiness is gone like Bear Stearns Inc.
When I went into the treasurer’s off in the first two weeks of my term, there was no happy meetings. They presented me with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be able to balance the budget. I accepted 375 of them.
There is a great deal of discussion about me doing that by executive action. Every day that went by was a day where money was going out the door such that the $6 billion pool was getting less and less. So something needed to be done.
People did not send me here to talk, the people sent me here to do. So we took the executive action we did to stop the bleeding.
Jim Bunning just attempted to deliver the same grim message in The US Senate. Let’s all pray he made himself heard. If you haven’t written and thanked Senator Bunning, stop what you are doing and do so. He may have pitched his final inning as a man on a mission. He just pitched an inning that deserves a rousing standing ovation from the fans of fiscal sanity and limited government.
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