If she becomes speaker in the next Congress, she says, she would press to severely reduce earmarks. “Personally, myself, I’d get rid of all of them,” she says. “None of them is worth the skepticism, the cynicism the public has… and the fiscal irresponsibility of it.”
“Not every single dollar” would go to the Treasury, she said, “but I hope that…we would use the rollback of the tax cuts” to address the deficit since “it is the biggest drain…on the next generation.”
Ms. Pelosi says she is committed to a “pay-as-you-go” budget approach that would require any expansion of federal benefits to be offset by spending reductions elsewhere or new taxes.
With the exception of rolling back the tax cuts, those are all good ideas. Let Pelosi and the Democrats run with this. If they get some traction among the electorate with this issue, the GOP will have to respond in kind. The GOP may be able to dis’ a good portion of their base on the spending issue, but they can’t afford to dis’ both their base and the middle.
Most elections are about which party can outspend the other. I’d be all too happy to have an election that is about which party can “out-cut-spending” the other.
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