Ben Nelson, who has never used an ATM, says the government is not an ATM

by: Chris Bowers

Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 16:21


Today, Senator Ben Nelson said that he is unlikely to support the economic relief act (unemployment extensions, grants to states, tax cut extensions, etc) that is before the Senate.

It isn't a surprise that Nelson will not vote for this bill, as he voted against the unemployment extension in March.  What is surprising, however, is the choice of words Nelson used to express his opposition to the bill:

Nelson said he understands the need for unemployment benefits but that they should be paid for (...)

"The federal government isn't an ATM for state governments," Nelson said.

This is odd metaphor for Nelson, given that only three weeks ago he said that he had never used an ATM, and does not know how to use one:

"I've never used an ATM, so I don't know what the fees are," Nelson said, adding that he gets his cash from bank tellers, just not automatic ones. "It's true, I don't know how to use one. "

Since Nelson has never used an ATM, let me help him out. When you withdraw cash from an ATM, that cash comes out of our bank account, and is deducted from your account balance.  You cannot withdraw money from an ATM that is not already in your bank account.  In other words, it is already paid for.

As such, Nelson's metaphorical objection to the bill does not make any sense. If he had ever used an ATM, he would know this.  

Chris Bowers :: Ben Nelson, who has never used an ATM, says the government is not an ATM

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Just goes to show ... (4.00 / 1)
what kind of jackasses we elect to represent us in Washington, D.C.

An ATM is not a truck. (4.00 / 3)
It's a series of tubes.

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NO! (4.00 / 2)
It's a truck!

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"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" -- Alexander Hamilton


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Good thing in 2012 (4.00 / 1)
NE will replace this jackass with another one.  I'll take that.

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Nor, apparently, has Nelson taken an economics course (4.00 / 4)
in which he might have learned that extended unemployment benefits during a major recession ARE paid for--by future tax receipts that will be made much more likely as a result of such economic stimulus spending, even if it's presently deficit-based.

The problem with people who keep talking about "runaway deficits" is that they don't understand the difference between present and future value, and that, as counterintuitive as it sounds to the unschooled, sometimes you have to run larger deficits now in order to run lower deficits in the future.

It's called protecting your investment.

Of course, being from the insurance business, he wouldn't really know much about having to fix short-term economic loss with deficit spending, insurance being a license to print money in the US.

Dumbass.

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" -- Alexander Hamilton


Not an ATM, But A Printing Press (0.00 / 0)
He's right, it's not an ATM, it's a money printing press.

And he's supposed to be one of the "smart" Senators.


Was that sarcasm? (4.00 / 1)
Totally irrespective of his conservatism, Ben Nelson strikes me as one of the stupidest Senators ever.

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I'm not sure that's where the joke was (4.00 / 1)
"The federal government isn't an ATM for state governments," Nelson said.

He's right of course - the government's job is to hand over money to corporations and the super-wealthy, not to the states (to protect the little people).

It's Nelson's hypocrisy that is truly stunning. His GHW Bush moment is just a footnote.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.


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