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Buchanan: Putting Government First

Pat Buchanan, who we don’t always agree with, wrote an excellent piece  in Human Events that sheds the right kind of light on why the government voted yet more money to “save teachers’ jobs.”  Here’s the main point, but please read it all.

Purpose: Vote $26 billion to prevent layoffs of state, municipal and county employees whose own governments had decided they had to be let go if they were to meet their constitutional duty to balance their books.

Workers their own governments thought expendable, Congress decided were so essential, it borrowed another 26 thousand million dollars from China to keep them on state and local payrolls.

And anyone who thinks this Obama party is ever going to cull the armies of tens of millions of government workers or scores of millions of government beneficiaries to put America’s house in order is deluding himself.

There’s more, particularly about the real reasons for this “emergency” legislation, but the article makes it plain why this current bunch in Washington MUST be removed in November.

By the way, the bill in question is  HR 1586. One proposed method of covering the $26 billion is to take money from food stamp programs and some scientific research.  This might slow the bill up, but it’s likely to pass.   We have a hope, irrational though it may be, that Joe Donnelly will vote no this time.

The problem with this bill and others like it is that it carries a requirement that the states maintain their level of spending after the money runs out.  Which they may or may not be able to do under their own constitutions — not to mention the fact that the states can’t just print money.  They’re set up for failure in the future, when layoffs now would be far less painful.  The Federal government is simply prolonging the pain by continuing to prop up both private and public sector institutions that should be allowed to fail, or at least, shrink.  The way they’re doing it now, just when we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the federal government makes the tunnel longer.

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