Thursday, April 15, 2010

Trentelman: Bishop's Tax Cut Rhetoric 'Kind of Cowardly'

Standard Examiner blog:

So when someone demands smaller government the reporter should say “which government agency, in particular?” If they say “entitlements,” they should say “which entitlements?” and let them pick from a laundry list: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, whatever. If they don’t specify, they should be asked to pick: HIghways, Defense, health and human services? Emphasis should be placed on entitlements the complainers receive.

And if they say “a balanced budget” the reporter should say “The Tax Foundation reports that we would have to double our income taxes to balance the budget. Do you favor doubling your taxes?” And if they say no, then they should be asked to find $1 trillion in cuts, this year.

Interestingly, Rep. Rob Bishop is sending out releases lambasting the sunsetting of the Bush tax cuts next year, somehow blaming Obama for this. Why not blame Bush? It was Bush’s slight of hand way of cutting taxes while keeping the lost revenue amounts low (relatively speaking) while conveniently kicking the problem down the road.

Kind of cowardly, you ask me, but now, of course, it’s an “Obama” tax hike.
Yesterday, the teabaggers released their "Contract" for America. Predictably Vague Demand #7 was
Defund, repeal, and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries.
Genius! Why didn't anyone else think of that? Let's just sprinkle the ashes of a copy of Atlas Shrugged anointed by the tears of Michele Bachmann over that plan and make it happen, shall we?

And as for ending "government run," it's worth pointing out that according to this NYT/CBS poll, the average age of the North American Teabagger is 45 to... you guessed it: 64.

Keep your government out of my Medicare!

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