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Opening Arguments

Don't got? Don't spend

A little bit of fiscal sanity (and every little bit helps) from Indiana's two senators:

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh crossed party lines Wednesday in helping Republican senators block floor consideration of a bill increasing Medicare payments to doctors.


Bayh, who said the bill's $247 billion cost was not offset with spending cuts or tax increases, was one of 12 Democrats and one Independent who opposed the bill. All Republicans, including Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, opposed it.


Like Bayh, Lugar didn't want the increased spending to be added to the deficit, according to Lugar's spokesman.

Hope Bayh, especially, continues to feel that way when the voting on health reform comes up.


Bob G.
Thu, 10/22/2009 - 9:38am

Guess all that "hope & change" ain't quite workin' out the way it was initially intended...

God, I hope things change.
(this time...for the better)

Thu, 10/22/2009 - 10:24am

I wish Bayh had felt that way about Iraq. Fiscal responsibility seems to be less of an issue when it comes to blowing shit up overseas. The wallet always seems to get tighter when it comes to helping people domestically.

tim zank
Thu, 10/22/2009 - 3:15pm

Evan Bayh is an absolute master at holding up his hand to figure out which way the wind is blowing politically. His votes are always calculated to reflect the mood of the voters. He has no moral compass, just a knack for jumping on the right bandwagon when expedient.

Oh, and he has great hair too.

Thu, 10/22/2009 - 8:40pm

Why do conservatives only object to Democratic deficit spending? I didn't hear any Republican outcry over the record-setting deficits brought to us by Reagan and Bush Jr. I'm not trying to be a smart-aleck here. Really, why did you not care when GOP presidents presided over huge deficits? I don't get it. Where were the tea parties? Where were the congratulations for Bill Clinton, the only modern president to give us a genuinely balanced budget? You impeached him, for god's sake!