But it sounds fair
Posted by aogWednesday, 02 May 2012 at 20:58 TrackBack Ping URL

A standard complaint by the MAL in our political system is that conservatives won’t agree to dealing with deficits by raising taxes along with cutting spending. This has always been a transparently disingenuous argument since spending rarely, if ever, gets cut while taxes are always raised in such deals.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing that home by first claiming last year’s Budget Control Act prohibits from bringing a budget resolution to the floor of the Senate. After the Senate parlimentarian he appointed refused to be endorse that, Reid simply abandoned the Budget Control Act entirely. The head of the Democratic National Committee refuses to discuss why the Senate won’t provide a budget because that’s just process.

That’s why I and many others who actually care about deficits and spending won’t endorse tax increases until after we see real budget cuts because every other time those cuts get lost, just like this. I also mean budget cuts, that is spending less money year over year. Spending more money is not a “cut” regardless of what our political class claims.

But remember kids, NPR says a slow growing economy could be good for us just like they noted back when George Bush was President.

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Bret Thursday, 03 May 2012 at 20:29

The other favorite trick is a budget deal with budget cuts and tax increases, but the tax increases are now and the budget cuts are 5 or tens years off.

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