If you listen to Washington Democrats these days, you’d think that America’s economic and fiscal woes could all be solved if we would simply raise taxes. Evidently the tax increases last month served only as an appetizer for the big-government crowd. Now the spenders are back for the main course. It will never be enough. As my dad used to say about the instinctive reactions of members of the animal kingdom, “it’s the nature of the beast.”
While I knew that President Obama and his allies in the pursuit of government nirvana would not accept a mere $620 billion in higher taxes at the start of the year, I did not believe they would so casually dismiss the pure arithmetic of the federal budget. Needless to say, I was wrong.
This past week, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, repeated what has become doctrine on the left: the idea that we don’t have a spending problem. “It is almost a false argument,” Pelosi said, “to say we have a spending problem.” This outrageous claim prompted the White House press secretary to admit that Washington does have spending issues, but it’s been reported that the president himself has said that we don’t have a spending problem.