Accounting for Feingold
Cesar Conda at National Review examined Senator Russ Feingold’s claim he’s a fiscal hawk, and found Feingold a big spender instead.
In the 1,200 town-hall meetings he has conducted in Wisconsin during his 18 year Senate career, Feingold has relentlessly touted his efforts to cut wasteful spending, and patted himself on the back for not accepting a pay raise and returning a portion of his office budget to Treasury, saving $3.2 million to date. Meanwhile, he consistently votes for trillions of dollars in deficit spending in Washington. For instance, Feingold voted for the Obama’s failed $862 billion “stimulus” bill and was the 60th vote to pass Obama’s $2.5 trillion health-care reform, which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports will cost $115 billion more than Democrats claimed. By voting for these budget-busting bills, Feingold failed to adhere to his own “Pay-As-You-Go” golden rule, which in turn has helped drive the national debt to record levels.