Add another flip-flop to U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk's resume. One day after
telling reporters that he would likely support a federal state aid
bill, he turned tail and voted against it on the House floor yesterday.
Kirk gave in a written statement was that "the Congressional Budget
Office state[s] the bill added $12 billion to the federal deficit."
That's just a bold-faced lie. While the second page of the CBO's score
(PDF) does include one line that says the net increase in the
"On-Budget Deficit" will be $12.6 billion, a footnote clearly states
that the final figure "excludes savings in Titles II and III that would
result from changes to programs and rescissions of funds previously
designated as emergency, which total about $14 billion over the
2010-2020 period." In other words, the CBO is extremely clear that the
bill will lower the deficit by $1.3 billion over 10 years.
Shame on Kirk for lying to voters. And shame on the Tribune and WBEZ
for framing this CBO interpretation as a political dispute between
Republicans and Democrats. The budget report is available for everyone
to see. All the reporters had to do to was open it up and verify that
Kirk is being misleading. Take a page out of Abdon Pallasch's book and call a spade a spade, please.