Via NRO’s The Corner:
From The Hill:
[Senate Budget Committee chairman] Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) on Tuesday presented a budget proposal to Senate Democrats that calls for an even balance — 50 percent to 50 percent — of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit.
The emerging consensus on Capitol Hill is there should be at least $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. To meet that goal, Congress would have to increase tax revenues by $2 trillion over the next decade with an equal amount of spending cuts…
They just can’t do it, you see? They can’t do other than spend. For liberals, there is just nothing else to do. This is because their whole mind-set is wrapped around getting in to power in order to use government to make things happen. There is no concept in them regarding people just living their lives without let or hindrance from anyone else.
To be sure, this plan does allege there will be spending cuts – but you can bank on that just as much as you could bank on the Democrats’ 1991 plan which called for $2 in spending cuts for each $1 in tax hikes. We got the hikes in taxes, never saw the cuts in spending – until Democrats were beaten out of Congressional power in 1994. In a happy, Democrat world – one in which they hadn’t lost the House in 2010 – the tax hikes would sail through, some pretend cuts would be done and then when they thought no one was looking, the spending would skyrocket up (did you know that EPA spending went up 25% between 2009 and 2010? Oh, you don’t? But what about that huge debate in Congress where it was demonstrated that a vital, national priority was a gigantic, 25% increase in EPA spending…oh, yeah, I forgot; there wasn’t any debate…it just happened when no one was looking).
And it happened because that is all liberals know – to spend money to hire bureaucrats to make new rules to make special deals. They will never, ever stop. If you could demonstrate it to them beyond a shadow of a doubt that a reduction of spending would make people, long term, happier, healthier and wealthier than they are today they would still reject the notion. Not because your argument was flawed, but because it is outside their frame of reference. A world in which people just get on and live their lives is not a world liberals understand – mostly because there is no place for liberals; especially no place for liberals to be in charge, and to live a high life with no worthy effort and on a government pay check.
It almost seems a pity that we’re going to have to crush these people – they will be like lost, little lambs once we’ve turned them out. But, we must do it, good people; for their own good, as well as our own. And maybe after they’ve spent a little time in the real, non-taxpayer-subsidized world, they’ll understand that, just perhaps, spending isn’t always the answer.