Senator John Ensign who announced that he will not seek reelection earlier this month spoke to both chambers of the Nevada legislature yesterday using his time to talk about the booms and busts that Nevada has gone through over the decades and to paint the US Congress as inept.
Senator Ensign has been part of that inept Congress since 1995, first in the House of Representatives, then as a US Senator since 2001, but he only sees others as the cause of the problems currently facing our nation. This is also the same characteristic flaw he has shown in his personal life where he only admitted to an affair because it was about to be made public.
In his farewell speech to the legislature Ensign said “As members of the Nevada Legislature, you are required by law to balance the state budget. Unfortunately, the United States government is not required to do the same despite the efforts that I have led back in Washington to change this.”
“Does this make sense to any one of you? Families are required to balance their budgets; businesses are required to; states are required to do the same; and yet, the United States government is under no such requirement to ensure that the money it spends is not outweighing the money that it takes in.”
But that didn’t stop Ensign from voting on two wars that were off the books and not paid for and will ultimately end up costing trillions of dollars. There was no attempt to offset the cost of the two wars (they were off the books, and not in the budget) with spending cuts somewhere else or seeking to increase revenue through higher taxes. As you know he voted to cut taxes that went to mostly wealthy people and corporations.
During the time that Ensign has been a US Senator he more than doubled our National Debt and more than doubled the size of the Federal government with his votes. But none of that was his fault, even though he voted in favor of all the spending, after all he only has one vote, how could he be held responsible.
Ensign spoke of how Nevada needs to diversify its economy (and we do) to create a new source of jobs, but he never met an Education Bill that he liked which involved spending more money on public education which would help Nevada with its diversification. And since President Barack Obama took office, Senator Ensign has voted against every jobs program that had come up for a vote.
Senator Ensign also said, “The next 21 months of my term in the United States Senate will be devoted to ensuring that the state of Nevada and this country are left better than before I first took office 14 years ago. Reducing government spending, balancing the federal budget, and improving education in America are at the top of my list.”
And when the Senator retires at the end of 2012, he will then click his heels three times and say, “there’s no place like home”. Or maybe that’s what he expects everyone else to do.
Full text of Senator Ensign’s farewell speech March 22, 2011.
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