Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Re: Dividing and conquering

On reaching out to fiscal conservatives, Steyn posts:

Or, if you like, they're [folks like Chris Buckley] "hoping" he'll "change", and break with what passes for his record - the most liberal in the Senate. Across the pond, my old pal Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is also full of "hope":

He needs to stick up more vigorously for free trade, and we must hope that any ill-considered new taxes will be thwarted by Congress.

Ah, right. I think Barney Frank answered that one:

I think at this point, there needs to be a focus on an immediate increase in spending and I think this is a time when deficit fear has to take a second seat. I do think this is a time for a kind of very important dose of Keynesianism. I believe later on there should be tax increases. Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of very rich people out there whom we can tax at a point down the road and recover some of this money.

I could, maybe, stomach some higher taxes if they were dedicated to deficit decreases but not more spending for which my own president far too responsible for almost eight years.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

All these folks want to get elected again in 2/4 years. The electorate (which they know is pretty evenly divided) is a check against a far-left approach to anything.