Lie As You Go

Democrats and their accomplices in the media are savaging the character of Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning for holding up $10 billion worth of new unemployment benefits and highway construction. Is Bunning just another heartless Republican miser? No, he is simply demading that the Senate follow its own pay-as-you-go rule. If you want to spend on something, now you have to get the money from somewhere else.

Bunning is for the spending, as long as it’s paid for. He says the cash should come from funds already appropriated for the “stimulus” package rather than be created ex nihilo (to be paid by taxpayers later). Democrats have already rejected this approach, apparently keeping the “stimulus” funds around for maximum advantage this November.

For this modest stab at fiscal sanity, Bunning’s character and mental state are receiving flak from all sides, even from faint-hearted Republicans, who perhaps fear the power of Democrat hypocrisy.

Yes, hypocrisy. It is instructive to recall President Obama’s February 13 “Pay as You Go” address, extolling the need for pay-as-you-go’s discipline on Congress (though he conveniently forgot to mention his own profligacy). Before Bunning gets run out of town on a rail and the Republicans cave, perhaps fearing another government shutdown-style debacle, take a few minutes to listen to the president.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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