Just How Long Did It Take The Senate To Violate PAYGO?

‘Memba this from 11 days ago?

President Barack Obama is hailing pay-as-you-go budget legislation he signed Friday night as one in a series of crucial steps needed to snap Washington out of a destructive pattern of overspending.

“Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday morning. “After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility. It’s easy to get up in front of the cameras and rant against exploding deficits. What’s hard is actually getting deficits under control. But that’s what we must do.”

So, how’s that working out?

It took less than two weeks for lawmakers to vote to break new rules requiring that new spending be offset elsewhere in the budget, waiving the requirement just minutes before a strong bipartisan majority passed a $15 billion job-creation bill in the Senate on Wednesday.

“I’m just not sure how you vote for this bill when it violates that rule, which you just voted for two weeks ago,” said Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican. “It just seems to be a bit of inconsistency that’s hard even for a political institution to justify.”

Senators voted 62-34 to waive the spending rules, surpassing the 60-vote threshold. Minutes later, the Senate voted 70-28 to pass the overall bill.

Is it any wonder that that the latest CBS/NY Times poll has Congresses latest approval rating at 15%, and Rasmussen has 71% disapproving of Congress, with only 10% saying they are doing a good or excellent job? Even when they are trying to do the right thing, they f*** that up, too.

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