Should There Be A Law...

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Should PAYGO be a law?

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  1. AVG-JOE
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    Should there be a law that forces government to provide a source of funds before it can enact new spending?

    PBS Frontline

    According to Frontline on PBS, the main reason Billary handed George II a surplus was a congressional rule called PAYGO

    Should it be a law that can't expire?

    -Joe
     
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    We elect these politicians because they are supposed to understand simple little math like this.

    Since they obviously cannot, I suppose we may as well have a law that protects us from their stupidity.

    But then, what does THAT say?
     
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    It would protect us from politicians like Bush and the Congress who let the rule lapse so that he could pander to the senior citizens (who vote in force) with huge entitlements while he pandered to the wealthy (who finance campaigns) with huge tax cuts.

    I'll take a 'Tax and Spend' Democratic government over a 'Tax-Cut and Spend' Republican government any day, given only those two choices.

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    Possibly. It would definitely protect us against the likes of Obama who thinks as long as he has checks left in the checkbook he can still write them.
     
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    Wasn't that the idea behind PAYGO?

    And didn't BUSH II run the Iraqi war OFF the BOOKS to evade that?
     
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    He didn't have to - the rule expired by 2003. Besides, according to the Frontline program thesis the war was very small potatoes compared to the tax cuts and the medicare / SSA entitlements.

    That piece by Frontline is an amazing look at Congress and the Bush II Administration.

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    Bush lost his conservative values (If he ever had them) when it came to spending. I don't think anyone will deny that. But does that mean the next person to become our president have a free pass on the check book?
    Democrats were complaining with all the spending Bush was doing when he was in office. Not just the spending on the war, either. Now they think it's the greatest thing since apple pie. I don't understand.
     
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    With this house, senate and Potus it should be carved in stone.
     
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    In the humble opinion of this average Joe, that is exactly why all of Congress and the Republicans in particular deserve their current approval ratings.

    -Joe
     
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    Why Republicans in particular? The Democrats have ruled things for a while now, they're just as guilty as the Republicans at this point.
     

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