Steve Benen DOES A NUMBER on U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk’s quick reversal of opinion on legislation aimed at easing the fiscal crises in the various states.
The Congressional Budget Office found that the state-aid jobs bill would reduce the deficit — that’s not a typo; reduce the deficit — by $1.4 billion over the next decade. Voting against it because of deficit concerns doesn’t make any sense.
And on Monday, Kirk seemed to understand this. The bill didn’t change, and those teachers’ jobs still needed saving. Citing deficit concerns doesn’t make any sense when voting on a bill that, as Kirk noted the day before, doesn’t increase the deficit.