Thursday, March 17, 2005

Another dark day in the history of the governance of the United States of America: Paygo is gone

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Sham Self-Discipline in the Capitol

It doesn't compare to de facto governmental sanctions of torture and pointless and self-defeating brutality, but neither is it a bright spot in the history of the United States of America:
Paygo was at the heart of the last display of honest, bipartisan budget discipline in the 90's. A proposal by Senator Russell Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, to restore this obvious force for good was rejected, 50 to 50, in the Senate. That vote provided a sad answer to one of the major budget questions this week as the world watches for believable evidence that the government might begin to rationally confront its own profligacy.

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