Baseball analogy good for Bunning; ump says ‘you’re out!’
To the Editor:
This is in response to John Lengemann's letter in the March 10 issue regarding Tom Wearing's column of March 3.
I have read with great amusement the defense of the Honorable Senator from Kentucky, Jim Bunning, and his principled stand to deny unemployment benefits to millions of Americans during this country's worst economic crisis in nearly 80 years. While in no way dismissing the threat federal budget deficits pose to our country long-term, one can't help but wonder why Mr. Bunning chose to make his point standing on the straining backs of innocent Americans, most of whom through no fault of their own are out of work.
Where were Mr. Bunning and these so-called "deficit hawks" when the United States launched not one, but two simultaneous unfunded Mideast wars, which the Bush administration kept off the national budget so as not to inflate the budget deficit? Where were the "deficit patriots" when the previous administration created the largest expansion of Medicare in history—the Medicare Part D drug benefit—which, once again, is completely unfunded? And where was the righteous indignation when the Bush administration tax cuts created systemic budget deficits from what had been previously (and almost inconceivable from today's perspective) federal budget surpluses?
Making a principled argument only when it is politically expedient, as Mr. Bunning has done, is not only amoral but cowardly as well, no matter which side of the debate you are on. Shame on you Jim Bunning! To use another baseball analogy, he's been caught by the umpire throwing a spitball. It's time to hit the showers. The ump just made the call: "You're outta here!"