White House staff and outside aides who assisted Treasury Secretary nominee Henry Paulson with his murder boards were holding their breath on Tuesday during his confirmation hearing.
According to sources familiar with the prep sessions with Paulson, the former Wall Street executive and well-known supporter of and financial contributor to Democrats could not get in line with the Bush administration’s support for ending the estate or “death” tax, and permanent extension of the capital gains tax and other tax cuts that are due to expire in the next three years.
“He does not personally support them or believe in them,” says a person familiar with Paulson’s thinking. “And during the murder boards he kept presenting his personal views and not those of the Treasury Department or President Bush. It was a challenge to get him thinking like a team player.”
Maybe they should forget about getting him to think like a “team player” and get someone who thinks if not like a fiscal conservative, then at least a Republican.
Paulson is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, though his performance in the Senate left much to be desired. His comments regarding tax policy were in line with comments made by other Treasury officials before Congressional bodies.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online