North Country Congressman Bill Owens had his cake and ate it too this week by getting to vote for so called PAYGO or pay as you go legislation while also voting against raising the federal debt limit. Mr. Owens was one of 24 Democrats allowed by the leadership to vote no on the debit increase which was also opposed by all Republicans. By voting no on a measure sure to pass, Owens and the others are able to keep their fingerprints off the burgeoning federal debt, while at the same time voting for the morepopular PAYGO bill designed to make Congress more accountable.
So this fall when Hoffman, Doheny or Barclay attempts to link Mr. Owens to the borrow and spend policies of Washingron, well he will be able to say.....Hey I voted no.
Voting on debt ceiling, PAYGO - First Read - msnbc.com