Wednesday, July 18, 2007

They may be hypocrites, but at least they're consistent about it...

Gotta love watching Republicans thump their chests as they proudly proclaim themselves to be watchdogs for the taxpayers.

It's utterly disingenuous crap, but it makes for great theater.

Earlier today during debate on an amendment to the Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), aided and abetted by Arizona's own John Shadegg, trotted out the now-familiar Republican canard about how the "Democrats are pushing the largest tax increase ever" on the American people and that borrowing money from foreign countries was a better option for the American taxpayers.

Just a couple of points here -

1. Any money borrowed (currently more than $600 bln/year) has to be paid back eventually, and paid back with interest, by those same American taxpayers that he's so concerned about; and

2. That 'largest tax increase ever' is actually the sunset provisions written into the largest tax decrease for the wealthy ever, provisions written by the Republicans. In short, it's *their* tax increase, timed for when they aren't going to be in control of the Congress or the White House. (The sunset provisions kick in fully by 2011.)

'Nuff said.


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