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Hey Republicans! This is What _Principles_ Look Like

March 2, 2010

From Yahoo News:

Since cutting health and unemployment benefits isn’t the most popular thing to do in a job-starved recession, the Senate had reached near unanimity on extending these programs. But near-unanimous isn’t enough when senators are looking to stretch out the lifespan of benefits about to lapse-they need to reach unanimous consent. And that requirement has delivered a great deal of power into Bunning’s hands– power that has allowed him to block the extension until the Senate find $10.3 billion in spending cuts elsewhere to fund the safety-net spending.

“I believe we should pay for it,” Bunning said. “I’m trying to make a point to the people of the United States.”

I doubt that he and I see eye to eye on National Defense or many social issues, but if the rest of the Republican party had shown this kind of faith in their ideals – well, they probably would have been routed in 2004, but in 2008 they would have owned DC lock, stock and barrel.

And Ron Paul would now be president.

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