Summer officially starts today, which means baseball season is now in high gear. As a Yankee fan myself, I love watching Teixeira or Granderson send one sailing over the fence (as both did last Saturday night, I’m happy to say!). Sadly, however, even the Yankees’ best occasionally fall to that third strike. Disappointing, but not the end of the world. You shake it off and move on to the next batter.
Governance, on the other hand, is a little more exacting.
When you launch a record-breaking spending package on the premise that it will jump-start the economy, and it ends up not only failing but making things worse (unemployment has been hovering between 9.4% and 10% for a year now, which is worse than the Administration said it would be if we did nothing!), that’s more than a simple swing and a miss. If anything, that’s a dribbling grounder into a game-ending double-play. You don’t take another swing after that level of failure.
That message is lost on the current Democratic majority, which is now considering not just its second, but its third attempted major round of stimulus spending. John Hall, fresh off his vote in favor of a third TARP fund to finance further bailouts (what is it with Rep. Hall and voting repeatedly to pour money into programs he knows don’t work?) is nowhere to be found when it comes to blocking the President’s call for a third stimulus package. However, after voting for two previous, failed stimulus-spending packages and three counterproductive bailout packages, what makes anyone think this vote will be any different?
Rep. Hall, this isn’t baseball, and you’re no Teixeira. Stop swinging. When your massive spending only makes us a poorer nation while making a tough recession tougher, you don’t try it again.