Sanity Injection

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Democrat Senators stand up for fiscal responsibility

Posted by sanityinjection on December 15, 2009

As much as I have castigated Democrat legislators in this space for irresponsibility, hypocrisy, and general stupidity, I take pride and joy in the occasions when I am able to praise individual Democrats for Doing The Right Thing.

In that spirit I would like to commend Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), who yesterday called on President Obama to veto  the recently passed $450 billion spending bill:

“…Congress must be restrained. We have to take the credit card away from the politicians who just want to spend, spend, spend. More than $1 trillion of spending was just way too much. This may not win me a popularity contest in the halls of Congress, but it’s the right thing to do.”

I applaud Senator Bayh’s remarks.  Cynically, I might note that Bayh comes from a conservative state where this stance is more likely to help than hurt him, and that he may be eyeing a run for president in 2012 if Obama falters, giving him incentive to move toward the center politically. But Bayh isn’t known for being a liberal. I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt for now that he’s doing what he thinks is right.

Also voting against the spending bill were Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, both of whom I have mentioned previously as examples of Democrat legislators who aren’t a waste of space.

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