When he’s not crusading against those evil rural electric co-ops and denying Nashville its fair share of pork-barrel spending, Congressman Jim Cooper is railing against the national debt. His not particularly original idea to save us from ourselves? Let’s form a bipartisan commission to decide how to cut spending! We can all agree on that, can’t we? Bipartisanship is a good thing, right?
We are saddened to report that yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee shot down Cooper’s proposal by a vote of 32-31 after—you guessed it—a partisan pissing match. The story from CongressDaily
The debate was turned up a notch by Rep. Steven Rothman, D-N.J., who argued that Republican economic policies, including tax cuts for the wealthy, are responsible for turning a budget surplus in 2000 into a deficit of about $317 billion during the first eight months of FY08, according to CBO.
"Take responsibility for the economic philosophy that you espouse," said Rothman, who added that the upcoming presidential election will be a referendum on Republican economic policies.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, was not impressed by Rothman's argument.
"That's bullshit," he responded.
Later, Simpson, who voted to attach the provision to the appropriations bill, explained that Rothman's remarks were partisan and distracted from an attempt to seriously debate an important matter.
"We were having a legitimate debate about how to solve the issue ... and Rothman gets up and turns it into a partisan debate. ... That doesn't solve the problem and what we have to do is solve the problem and get away from all the partisan horseshit; that is why I said it," Simpson said.
Does this mean we can have our pork back?
: This is what happens when your congressman stops bringing home the bacon. He has too much time on his hands. He winds up hacking into somebody's website and the next thing he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.