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  • Congress Reaches New Heights of Tax Hike Cynicism

    Progress is often a matter of higher, faster, further—profits are higher, computer chips are faster, cars run further on a gallon of gas. In Washington, progress is often measured by more and more—spending more than ever and being more cynical than ever. The liberal leadership in Congress has set a new standard for progress.

    Not content with having pushed the budget deficit over $1.4 trillion with an Olympic-sized spending spree, the House of Representatives will rush back from its August recess next week to vote on another bailout package, this time for states that have again failed to manage their own finances. They justify disrupting their precious vacations with the “urgency” of the matter.

    The urgency, of course, is the teachers unions want federal taxpayers to pay more local teachers’ salaries. At least the Congress has reaffirmed where its priorities lie: more political payoffs, more spending, and more bailouts.

    At the same time, the House and Senate leadership have now indicated they intend to pass tax bills warding off a massive tax hike beginning in 2011, thus raising taxes only where it will do the most harm to the economy. But wait! They only intend to pass their own bills.  They have made clear there is no “urgency” to develop legislation, pass it in both the House and the Senate, and send it to the President for his signature.

    One might imagine that if House Members can rush back from their August vacations to pass another bailout for the states, then they could reflect a similar sense of urgency in fending off a massive middle-class tax hike just before an ominous mid-term election. They might even delay their October recess to complete their work, having set the bar for urgent matters.

    Yet the liberal leadership has indicated they intend no such thing. Why is that? Because they intend to set both bills aside when they come back after the elections in a lame duck session. They expect to use a dour report from the President’s debt commission to abandon the recently passed tax bills, let most or all of the earlier tax relief expire, and so hit the middle class with a huge, full Monty Obama tax hike—conveniently after the election.

    If Majority Leaders Steny Hoyer (D–MD) and Harry Reid (D–NV) would stand up before the elections and acknowledge they intend to pass the Obama tax hike in full—slamming the middle class and the economy politics as job growth putters and wages stagnate—they would then be rightly praised for honesty and transparency, if not for their policy. But even by Washington standards, new heights of cynicism are reached when congressional leadership pulls a legislative head fake like the September tax bill ruse.

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    3 Responses to Congress Reaches New Heights of Tax Hike Cynicism

    1. Steven says:

      A new height of hubris! Or should I say, "depth"!?

      America is in deep, deep trouble. It's darkest days are yet ahead!

      Future generations will look back at us in scorn. Obama will one day be seen as the most catastrophic error of our generation. Let's hope there will be enough survivors to tell the ugly story!

    2. West Texan says:

      JD, I forget which democrat proposed this, but he wants to lower the income tax rate for urbanites to offset their cost of living. Sure, homes and some goods may cost more, but this constituent back-scratcher doesn't tell his people their wages are higher to offset this cost differential. Here in rural America, our cost of living is typically lower, but so are our wages. This said, urban dwellers will by comparison pay lower taxes at the expense rural folk, who'll pay the greatest share from what little they earn. And obviously to the delight of the far left's rich and famous.

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