The citizen in me cheers the partisan frowns…

Posted: July 23, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news
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…at this story:

The revelation that tax increases could hurt the economy has recently been heard from Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and, most surprising, even from Kent Conrad of North Dakota. On a scale of unlikely events, this is like the Pope coming out against celibacy. As Senate Budget Chairman, Mr. Conrad has rarely seen a tax increase he didn’t like, but this week he averred that “As a general rule, you don’t want to be cutting spending or raising taxes in the midst of a downturn.”

Granted the writer is not aware of the rules concerning married priests in the church but I digress. he continues:

Over in the House, Bobby Bright of Alabama even dared to defend the rich Americans who Democrats have been pounding for years. “I don’t care if it’s the wealthiest of the wealthy. You don’t raise their taxes,” he told The Hill newspaper. “In a recession you don’t tax, burden and restrict.” Better don the body armor on your next visit to the Speaker’s office, Bobby.

The citizen in me is very pleased as HotAir points out:

It’s the wealthy who drive consumer spending and the last thing you want to do in this economy is reduce that by raising taxes on them

No politically this might anger their base a bit but I don’t think it will lose them the votes people think. In fact making the right economic moves makes it more likely that the recession will end and may sustain their re-election.

Now the partisan in me doesn’t like anything that helps the democrats re-election so in that sense this is bad news.

However the citizen always has to trump the partisan. I didn’t become a republican because I like the letter “R”, I vote republican because I have a set of views and beliefs that I believe in and I think are best for the country, I’d just as soon have them soon have them advanced sooner than later. If it means an issue is off the table so be it.

  1. “I vote republican because I have a set of views and beliefs that I believe in and I think are best for the country…….”-DaTechguy
    -I would guess those beliefs include cutting back on the federal budget and it’s tax burden. I’m with you on that. The federal budget is far too bloated.

    “As a general rule, you don’t want to be cutting spending or raising taxes in the midst of a downturn.”-Kent Conrad

    -The senator has a good point. However, there is on HUGE portion of the federal discretionary spending that has room to cut in this budget.
    That would be the defense budget.
    Democrats and republicans alike seem to not notice the ungodly sums we throw at the pentagon. Pray tell what we need 11 aircraft carriers for? And while you’re at it, tally up the cost of building just one of these behemoths and add in the cost of outfitting it with fuel, aircraft and ordinance. Then factor in the cost of training and maintaining a crew (Ship’s Company: 3,200 – Air Wing: 2,480). Can we actually afford this? Particularly when the Chinese have the capability to sink these large targets if it comes to war. 5 carries will protect us…..11 is just waste!
    Our founding fathers warned us against foreign entanglements. I have a love of our military, having served as a paratrooper just as my dad did. If an enemy comes to our shores we’ll defeat them. But we have no business with HUNDREDS of bases in foreign lands and an expensive navy that protects oil company’s interests. There are alternatives to toxic black goo……

    -i guess my screed on the republican’s “Southern Strategy” in another post has raised your hackles!

  3. If we should defend everyone, perhaps they(Saudia Arabia, UAE,Israel, Indonesia…..the list goes on) should pay us a fee for our services?
    A free market idea for the 21st century perhaps? Why should American taxpayers foot the bill for their protecyion, because certainly it is far too expensive for us. In fact it is killing our economy. It is NOT what our founding fathers had in mind when they formed our nation.