Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Facing Reality In The Senate

It looks like Senate Republicans are finally starting to face reality...well, maybe just a little. It appears that not all Senate Republicans are very keen on extending Bush's reckless tax cuts: Uneasy about the potential impact on the ballooning federal deficit, the Senate Republicans called for $70.2 billion in tax cuts over the next five years, as opposed to the estimated $100 billion the White House is seeking.

Here's Olympia Snowe (R-MA):

"Suffice it to say, I do have serious concerns with the fundamental priorities that are being constructed in the budget." She added, "It's exacting a high price from some of the programs that are critically important to the future.

Lincoln Chaffe (R-RI):

"I've been consistently opposed to tax cuts when at the same time we're not controlling our spending, and I don't think this year will be any different."

Mike DeWine (R-OH) in reference to throwing ANWR drilling in the budget:

"I'm not particularly happy about ANWR being shoved back in there."

Of course, the Senate is a lot more sensible than the GOP controlled House who want $6 billion more in tax cuts than the White House.

Too bad all Congress members couldn't serve as Governors. As David Sirota discusses:

the next time you hear a pundit blathering on about how the left in America is lost, and the conservatives have everything figured out, remember those Republican governors who came from Washington. They show just how wrong conventional wisdom can be.

Read the article, it's interesting to see how GOP Governors have succombed to taxation. Here's another good piece where Arkansas' GOP Governor blasts Grover Norquist:

"Grover's never been in government, doesn't have to balance a state budget, never had a state constitution forcing him to deal with a balanced budget," Mr. Huckabee said at a meeting with editors and reporters from The Washington Times.

"Grover's never been in a situation where he couldn't borrow money so he didn't have to raise taxes or tell old people he's just going to take them out of the nursing home and drop them on the curb," he continued.

"If Grover wants to run for governor, there's an election next year in Arkansas. He can get his residency requirements lined up. And there are 36 other states he can run in next year," the governor offered.

I do take some pleasure in seeing Republicans blast Grover Norquist's heartless plan. (NOTE: I do not consider Norquist heartless, just his policy...I don't know the guy.)

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