Unemployment: The New Welfare

The media has proven it still wields incredible power.  Senator Bunning has become the newest villain in the world of politics.  While Rangel is taking corporate paid trips to the Bahamas, Pelosi is standing up for him, and Obama is ramming his partisan healthcare takeover through congress, the media is looking for a distraction.  On the other hand, Senator Bunning has been attacked in every way possible by the media simply for expecting Democrats to play by their own rules.

Cnn.com wrote an article about how Bunning has always been abrasive and difficult to deal with.  The Networks attacked Bunning for single-handedly laying off thousands of federal workers and “denying benefits” to America’s unemployed.  ABC even tried to track him down to ask him why he is trying to hurt America’s most desperate.

So what is Bunning actually doing to make him slightly more evil than Satan?  Bunning has blocked an unfunded bill in the Senate that would add $10 billion to the deficit to extend unemployment and funnel more money to road construction.  No, this isn’t part of the trillion dollar deficit stimulus.  This is more road spending above and beyond that.

As far as unemployment benefits, typically they are supposed to last for six months.  Already they have been extended to nine months.  This current, unfunded bill would make unemployment payments last up to a year.  At what point do we stop calling it unemployment and start calling it welfare?

But Bunning’s objection is not to increasing road spending even beyond the trillion dollar debt stimulus.  His objection is not to lengthening unemployment benefits.  Republicans understand that under the current economic policies unemployment is not going to get better any time soon.    Bunning’s objection to the Democrat $10 billion debt bill is that it violates the law that Democrats passed called Pay-go.

According to the rules that Democrats passed, Congress has to either cut spending or raise taxes in order to pay for new spending.  It’s kind of like the rest of America.  We all have to budget.  If we want to buy that new TV, we have to stop eating out every night.   But as I have always said with Democrat pay-go rules, they will either waive the rules or use them to increase taxes.  Democrat pay-go rules have nothing to do with cutting the deficit or reigning in spending.  They have everything to do with political hypocrisy.  Bunning has stopped this bill to highlight this as Democrats seek to waive pay-go rules once more to pass more debt spending.  Will it work?

As of writing this, Bunning has already caved and a vote will go forward on this bill.  Instead of taking a stand with Bunning and highlighting the Democrat hypocrisy, Republicans chose to distance themselves from him and validate the media attacks.  Apparently many Republicans would still rather spend our grandkids’ money than take a political blackeye from the media.  After all this time, they are still almost as out of touch with America as the Left.

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