April 16, 2009

BILL CLINTON GOT THEM TO PASS TAX HIKES TOO...:

Gorging the Beast (GAIL COLLINS, 4/16/09, NY Times)

[T]here’s one strain to the well-orchestrated chorus of tea party complaints that does seem to have hit a chord. It’s the worry that President Obama is trying to do too much at once, spending too much money without making the tough decisions about how to pay for it all.

Some conservatives, including my soon-to-be-colleague, Ross Douthat, have suggested that the president is doing a reverse version of Starve the Beast. That was, you will remember, the Republican theory — brilliant except for its utter wrongness — that if you cut taxes enough, the lack of revenue would force Congress to reduce the size of government.

So is the White House trying to spend Congress into a tax-hike corner? Gorge the Beast? Leave it so stuffed with new programs that it just sits in front of the television munching on entitlements? Taxes, in this metaphor, would have to be the equivalent of a good fitness regimen, and we all know how much the Obamaites love their ellipticals.


...just before voters rode them out of town on a rail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2009 10:11 AM
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