In our search for leadership within the GOP we are often sadly disappointed. That is why it is important to thank those who do take a courageous stand on an issue. It happens so rarely anymore.
Senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky took a very unpopular position in blocking the extension of "temporary" unemployment benefits. He protested what has become, in effect, an automatic rubberstamp of this entitlement because our country is out of money. While ten billion dollars may seem like pocket change in these days of trillion dollar deficits, the problem is, again, that government must stop spending what it does not have. It is encouraging that at least one of our 100 senators understands that fact.
Senator Bunning has been abandoned by his colleagues in the Senate for having the audacity to voice his concern. His office actually received a bomb threat.
Thank you, Senator Bunning, for your leadership. http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/02/sen-bunning-and-the-unemployment-benefits-debate-revisited/
Over on the House side, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has emerged as an expert on the budget and the cost of entitlements. He has put forth "A Roadmap for America's Future" in which he outlines a serious plan to restore our economic health. I recommend that you read the plan for yourself; it is very well done. http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/
During Obama's Healthcare Summit, Ryan spoke of the problems with ObamaCare and the unsustainability of its proposed level of government spending. Thank you, Congressman, for your hard work and principled leadership.
If you appreciate these two Republican leaders as much as I do, please call their offices and thank them!
Congressman Paul Ryan:
1113 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3031 Fax: (202) 225-3393
Senator Jim Bunning
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202.224.4343 Fax: 202.228.1373