"Whut?" they hiccupped. "Who izz thisss man?" they slurred, as they stumbled to their feet, wakened from their prodigality-induced stupor and stumbling to their microphones to condemn the insensitive action that threatened to spoil their deficit spending party.
Instead of hailing Bunning's defense of fiscal responsibility, the politicians now grown fat and torpid from feeding at the public trough unmolested got up and--after stabilizing themselves by firmly grasping their podiums--portrayed themselves as heroes and claimed that Jim Bunning was bringing on financial Armageddon.
Only, I am afraid, in our dreams.
Here is the U. S. Department of Transportation's press release claiming that Jim Bunning has done everything, if you listen to Jake, except bring the entire federal government to a screeching halt:
That legislation covered tax credits for COBRA health coverage, unemployment insurance for 400,000 people, as well as the short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. The Fund supports all surface transportation programs for the nation – highways, bridges, transit and safety inspections, as well as efforts to encourage seat belt use and to fight distracted and impaired driving.The DOT claims it is putting 2,000 workers on furlough, "temporarily shutting down highway reimbursements to states worth hundreds of millions of dollars, national anti-drunk driving efforts, and multi-million dollar construction projects across the country."
Of course none of this will ever happen. And if it did, it would be because the Congress didn't take the simple expedient of paying for what it proposes.