That’s a good line about federal spending, and it comes courtesy of Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.) in the debate over extending unemployment insurance. From a Politico report:
Just two Republicans, Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, joined in support of an estimated $34 billion bill to extend benefits through November. Early hopes of getting help from Sen. Scott Brown were dashed Wednesday when the Massachusetts Republican went to the Senate floor with his own alternative — heavily reliant on cutting unspent funds from last year’s giant recovery act.
“It is beyond disappointing that Republicans continue to stand almost lockstep against assistance for out-of-work Americans,” [Majority Leader Harry] Reid said, but Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) countered that he was prepared to fully fund two months of assistance — paid for from spending cuts. “The only reason the unemployment extension hasn’t passed is because our friends on the other side simply refuse to pass a bill that does not add to the debt,” McConnell said. “That’s it.”
“It’s the checking account versus the credit card,” Brown said. “I’ve worked across party lines to solve problems. But it needs to be a two-way street.”
“Bipartisanship isn’t just from the new senator from Massachusetts it needs to be from the majority party looking outside the box … to find a realistic solution to pay for a lot of these things.”
The checking account versus the credit card — it’s an analogy that any American will understand, and it perfectly sums up these congressional Democrats’ approach to spending.