Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Evan Bayh will no longer be a U.S. senator

Looking around at all the Blue Dogs who will be soon packing their belongings in the Capitol, Evan Bayh decides democrats weren't conservative enough. Then there's this:

We also overreached by focusing on health care rather than job creation during a severe recession. It was a noble aspiration, but $1 trillion in new spending and a major entitlement expansion are best attempted when the Treasury is flush and the economy strong, hardly our situation today.
Funny, back in February, on the one year anniversary of the too-small stimulus bill's signing, he railed against it, saying it hadn't created one new job. And he complained that there weren't enough tax cuts in the too-small stimulus bill. And he claimed that it was "too soon" to talk about a desperately needed second stimulus, even as the economy continued to bleed jobs.

So...what were the president and congress to do about job creation, besides..."focus?" Nevermind, the "$1 trillion" -- over ten years, by the way -- is paid for through health care reform.

Then there's this:

The most important area for spending restraint is entitlement reform. Democrats should offer changes to the system that would save hundreds of billions of dollars while preserving the safety net for our neediest. For instance, we could introduce “progressive indexation,” which would provide lower cost-of-living increases for more affluent Social Security recipients, or devise a more accurate measure of inflation’s effects on all recipients’ income.

Right. The lesson learned from an electorate that demanded government keep its hands off of Medicare is that those same voters are surely going to appreciate giving up some of their SS benefits to help those more in need. That should be about as popular as cutting Medicare payments for these suckers.

As many others have written in response to Bayh's nonsense this morning, "shut up, quitter."

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