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By Tom Toles

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Friday rant: The big pivot edition

We are about to witness the end of deficit fever. Republicans and Tea Partyers (Republicans for whom the official party isn't quite crazy ENOUGH, and I love how the term "GOP moderates" can still be used with a straight face as it is) have been using the deficit to clobber Obama and Democrats. It was clear from the outset that the deficit issue was just the nearest weapon at hand to do the clubbing. Yes, it was was obvious, and it is only because we have to pretend that the Obama-is-an-alien crowd is sincere about anything, other than their animosity, that we bother to discuss it at all.

But here's how you'll know that it was never sincere. Well, there is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's budget plan that would DOUBLE the deficit, which ought unto itself be CASE CLOSED, but there will be a vocabulary shift as well. With November about to prove once again that you can fool a whole lot of the people a great deal of the time, and with voters foolishly hoping that the GOP will bring something substantive to governing, watch for the shift in language. The use of the word "DEFICIT" will begin receding, to be replaced with "TAXES AND SPENDING." Same thing, you say? Sounds like maybe, but absolutely not. "Taxes and spending" cleverly disaggregates the package back to where it's been under the Republicans heretofore. And never miss an opportunity to use the word heretofore.

Back to where what it really means is cut taxes, propose no meaningful spending cuts, let the deficit run, and run away from responsibility because Fox News has your back. Eventually this has to destroy the government, the thinking goes, and mission accomplished. And once again it will be clear, too late, that it's the Democrats who have been more responsible on the deficit all along, to anybody who has been paying attention, which means nobody, as we have learned heretofore. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | September 17, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Dude, why do you get the Washington Post soap box to rant from? What have you done to earn the right to blather on and on without contradiction? Who do you think you are, Keith Olbermann? You're a cartoonist, for cryin' out loud, and I can name 20 editorial cartoonists nationwide that are more clever and draw better than you do! You're a one-hit wonder bashing only conservatives. Part of the reason the Post's reputation has fallen is because there are just too many like-minded people spewing their opinions all over its pages. Jeesh, your reporters are writing editorials now disguised as "news" stories. The WP is closer to the Huffington Post than it is to a real journalistic institution. Talk about lack of diversity!!! Diversity of thought, that is. The Post's editorial pages endorse Democrats over Republicans 20 to 1! What does that say?

Posted by: flyboygraphics | September 17, 2010 4:21 PM

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Concur Bro

Posted by: jornolibist | September 18, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Recent polls showing that a majority of voters believe the repubs have learned their lesson and will behave differently if returned to power are far from a ringing endorsement of right-wing political philosophy. Nor does this bode well for the long-term health of the republican party.

Sorry, pug. You might be a wonderful weather girl, but you need to take the blinders off. And Angle? Really? That's your solution?

Posted by: Kevin71707 | September 17, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is biased? Who'd of thought?

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Dude, why do you get the Washington Post soap box to rant from? What have you done to earn the right to blather on and on without contradiction? Who do you think you are, Keith Olbermann? You're a cartoonist, for cryin' out loud, and I can name 20 editorial cartoonists nationwide that are more clever and draw better than you do! You're a one-hit wonder bashing only conservatives. Part of the reason the Post's reputation has fallen is because there are just too many like-minded people spewing their opinions all over its pages. Jeesh, your reporters are writing editorials now disguised as "news" stories. The WP is closer to the Huffington Post than it is to a real journalistic institution. Talk about lack of diversity!!! Diversity of thought, that is. The Post's editorial pages endorse Democrats over Republicans 20 to 1! What does that say?

Posted by: flyboygraphics | September 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

TAX CUTS FOR EVERYONE!! AND PONIES!

AND we will reduce the size of government to the point that everything left in the budget is 100% funded, reduce the deficit to zero, increase defense spending (because we can never be "too secure"), shut down those nasty automobile companies who are doing nothing but supporting unionization, sell off whatever assets that need to be sold off to take back all the TARP money (to whom, we don't know yet, but we'll sell it), and send everyone who is in this country illegally back to where they came from. And get us out of those damned wars that Obama stuck us with.
ALL before the next presidential election.

Pinkie swear! Just (sniff, sniff) give us a chance.

All you need to do is throw the bums out, and everything will be fine again. Just like it was before Democrats "took control" in 2006.

Because everything was PERFECT back before 2006, right? Nobody could have seen any of this coming...

Posted by: jonroesler | September 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

bobbo2...I think they are still sleeping.

Posted by: bertzel | September 17, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE COFFEE PARTY??????

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 17, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Declaration, referring to George III's government, cites as one of the reasons for Separation: "...he has established a multitude of offices, and sent his officers hither, to harass our People, and eat out their sustanence".

Mr Toles views not withstanding, the electorate seem poised to turn a significant number of Congressional Democrats out of office. The result will be a Congress that will blunt further expansion of the Federal Government (and the President's agenda).

Posted by: historyStudent1
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In some respect your correct why colonist revolted against King George III. What you failed to recognized that UK had fought the French-Indian War to protect the colonies and must recoup the cost hence imposition of the Tea Tax which affected some of the wealthy traders who does not benefit from this and their argument is correct that they did not vote for the tax hence tax without representation argument. Secondly the King started quartering soldiers to enforce payment of the said tax.

Third, it was the Republicans who expanded the size of the Government while they were in power for 11 years (1995-2006) remember the creation of Homeland Security as a result of the 9/11 attack? All this was funded on borrowed money. Even Greenspan and Bernanke has said this many times before and it has fell on deaf ears by the Republicans because they are interested in maintaining their majority.

Lastly, you failed to understand the symbiotic relationship between the Federal-State-Local and how it affects you at your level. I've seen this many times and people are ignorance until it actually hits them. Case in point: Gov. McDonnell( a conservative) started hollering when Gates decides to cut $100B over the next three years by cutting Joint Forces Command in order to streamline the military which will eliminate 5,000 civilian jobs and 50 generals in the process.

Posted by: beeker25 | September 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

PaloAlto4, nice post. I see you gave the condensed version, that being the beginning and the end. I found what was stated in between much more interesting and informative.

bobbo2,I agree that
Federal Government must reduce it's size and operating cost.
The problem is trying to figure out how to best achieve that goal for the long term...

Posted by: bertzel | September 17, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

When your beloved democrats took control of the Congress in 2006 the US was running a $248 billion deficit, we now have a $1,267 billion deficit. In 2006 GDP growth was 3.2%, in 2010 we had a -2.4%.
Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist
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Here's why you just don't get it and you've been drinking too much Kool-aid laced with something strange.

Your numbers are skewered in the wrong direction of blame.
First of all the housing bubble was starting to pop at the time frame as a result of the lowered lending standards by Wall Street. Furthermore the deficit by that time was $4T as a result of the tax cuts, spending on the war on Terror and variety of earmarks approved by the Republican majority. Along with the prescription benefits that ended up costing us $500B despite the lie Bush put out for it (claimed it would cost $400B) all this was on borrowed money.

Then in 2008-09 when the s**** hit the fan, Bush put $1T to bailout the financial firms with no strings attached while imposing such on GM after he failed to secure such funding separately. Let's not forget FNMA and GNMA being taken into receivership.

So by the time FY09 ended the deficit attributed to the Bush years is $5T which includes $1.2T while at the same time Obama attributed to $200B as a result of the ARRA bringing it to the total of $1.4. Much of it as result of the loss of the tax revenues as a result of the economy.

One problem with your argument is cherry picking numbers to make an argument of deflecting blame from the Republican to the Democrats which, in the end, you failed the course.

Posted by: beeker25 | September 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

For all of the noise and all of the back and forth this is what must happen. Our Federal Government must reduce it's size and operating cost. Adding to the Federal debt must stop. Taxes must be levied so as not to have a detrimental effect on our economy. Does anyone see anything extreme in that?

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 17, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong that I'm starting to like Toles's commentary even better than his cartoons?

Posted by: dollarwatcher | September 17, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"What is the revenue diference between Obama's plan and Mitch McConnell's plan in dollars?"

$4 Trillion. All of it going to the wealthy. That's the big Republican plan for the economy right there.

Posted by: Nissl

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Actually if you read the articles about Obama's proposals more carefully you will find only 700 billion goes to the wealthy.

Obama wants to keep the income tax cuts for everyone under the $250k mark. He also wants to bring back the estate tax, the dividend tax, and the capital gains tax all of which should bring in 700 Billion. The other 3.3 trillion would come from income tax increases from the $250k a year and down crowd if we just let the Bush tax laws expire.

Posted by: flonzy1 | September 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

From James K.Galbraith about the Deficit Commission:

Instead, we need an economic policy built on realistic assumptions and focused on our actual economic problems: jobs, the state-local budget crisis, public investment, energy and climate change. In my statement to the Commission, I have tried to explore these issues a bit further.

Most people assume that "bipartisan commissions" are designed to fail: they are given thorny (or even impossible) issues and told to make recommendations which Congress is free to ignore or reject. In many cases — yours is no exception — the goal is to defer recognition of the difficulties for as long as possible.

You are plainly not equipped by disposition or resources to take on the true cause of deficits now and in the future: the financial crisis. Recommendations based on CBO’s unrealistic budget and economic outlooks are destined to collapse in failure. Specifically, if cuts are proposed and enacted in Social Security and Medicare, they will hurt millions, weaken the economy, and the deficits will not decline. It’s a lose-lose proposition, with no gainers except a few predatory funds, insurance companies and such who would profit, for some time, from a chaotic private marketplace.

Thus the interesting twist in your situation is that the Republic would be better served by advancing no proposals at all.

Thank you again for the opportunity to present this statement.
http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/58695

Anyone hear these comments on network news?

Posted by: PaloAlto4 | September 17, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"What is the revenue diference between Obama's plan and Mitch McConnell's plan in dollars?"

$4 Trillion. All of it going to the wealthy. That's the big Republican plan for the economy right there.

" Up to 70% of Americans don't want it (keep in mind, math majors, that the Democratic base is 40%)."

It's slightly unpopular, but most Americans OPPOSE repeal. Way to cherry-pick statistics. Typical Republican tactic. As for the recovery acts, they stopped us from plummeting into depression. All you guys have is an unfunded $4T tax cut for the wealthy. You're trying to finish the job of running this country into the ground, and blaming the Democrats the whole way.

Posted by: Nissl | September 17, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party did not burst onto the political landscape until the agenda of the current Administration and Congress became clear. The driving issue of voter anger is not racism based disapproval of the President, or pure partisanship.

The 'take our country back' mantra is a reaction to the sharp expansion of the size and scope of the Federal Government and the conviction such growth will come at the expense of personal freedom.

At its core, the coming mid term election, will address the question "What is the proper role of Government"?

This theme runs throughout our history, from the colonial period, through independence, Civil War, and the New Deal.

The Declaration, referring to George III's government, cites as one of the reasons for Separation: "...he has established a multitude of offices, and sent his officers hither, to harass our People, and eat out their sustanence".

Mr Toles views not withstanding, the electorate seem poised to turn a significant number of Congressional Democrats out of office. The result will be a Congress that will blunt further expansion of the Federal Government (and the President's agenda).

Posted by: historyStudent1 | September 17, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

How is it case closed? The (R)s want not tax increases and budget cuts which the democrats don't want to make. Tom you act like they want more budget and less taxes at the same time but that is not the case. Stop making hyperbole statements.

Posted by: flonzy1 | September 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

It's not just that 10 years of the Bush tax cuts didn't create the promised jobs and prosperity, it's that the deregulation and policies in place allow corporations to move all the middle class jobs overseas with impunity. Where's the tax incentives to keep jobs in the US of A? Until we recognize that "free trade" isn't fair, and force the private sector to feel our pain, then greed will continue to run amok!

Posted by: DontGetIt | September 17, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

rjpal, I agree with much of your sentiment, to a point. One of the problems I have is this idea that what everyone wants is legitimate. The main problem I see with that, is that what some want is not based remotely on anything factual.

In a crisis situation, people will react differently. Some will panic and be too emotional to think rationally...they simply have a deep fear and will grasp onto any solution if pitched to them in a way that strikes a nerve. Some will pull back and let others make decisions and follow the crowd. Some will rationally weigh the options and decide on the best action. Some will dive in and say, "I know what to do!", even if they don't. And on and on.

So, I think what we have is a situation in this country where there are numerous crisis going on. As I mentioned above, some people are having knee-jerk reactions based on their fear, made worse by some media. Some are trying to come up with rational solutions that provide the best chance at postitive outcomes now, and well into the future. Some want an immediate fix with no eye toward the long term. Some want to lead, but really have no qualifications or abilities for this role. Think of the small band of people trying to get out of the S.S. Poseidon in the old 70s disaster flick "Poseidon Adventure".

This is just an observation. I'll leave it to you to put current political faces on the Poseidon characters in a way that works for you.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Smoke and Mirrors. . . Obama, this Administration and media voices keep blaming President Bush for the deficit while ramping up the deficit themselves.

While the President has an influence, it is the responsibility of Congress for the budget (for anyone who has a slight understanding of US Government). The Democrats, under Bush, took control of both houses of Congress after the 2006 elections and Nancy and Harry were Speaker of the house and Senate Majority Leader respectively. Data shows that the deficit really started taking off during 2007 and 2008 under the Democratic controlled Congress.

Media voices either don't understand Government and real numbers, and need a refresher course or they need to add the title Phd-Lier after their name.

Posted by: Xman2 | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The American people won't be fooled by the Republicans.

Posted by: Nissl | September 17, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes they will.

Ah well. It's gonna be an interesting ride at least.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | September 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

In these comments, a conservative claimed the American Recovery Act was a "failure" because unemployment is higher than the White House predicted.

Um...wasn't 10 years of tax cuts primarily for the rich supposed to create an abundance of jobs? Never did, yet it was the largest contributor to the deficit.

So inconvenient when facts get in the way of the corporate/financial elite narrative that conservatives are pushing

Posted by: LestWeThink | September 17, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

An election should have two legitimate purposes. One is to find out what the voters WANT. Of course different voters want different things, but we could still ask what the best compromise is. And the second is to decide what we should DO during the next two years.

The trouble is that we have come to think of elections as form of combat. We talk in terms of winning and losing. We talk about how A beat B. This football analogy is fine for football - after all national well being does not depend on what happens in the field.

But with elections it does matter. I seem to be one of the few posters who believe that what the Tea party wants matters, and what liberals want also matters. We should not be dividing ourselves into factions fighting each other but thinking about what is the best course and the nicest compromise as a nation.

But thinking of elections as a form of combat prevents that. Even though it is good for the media and good for politicians, it is bad for the rest of us, because we have to live with the results.

I wish the posters here would not fall into the "bash Republicans", "bash Obama", "bash Palin", "bash Pelosi" trap.

With these internal battles and enemic growth rates, how long can we compete with China with its 9% growth rate??

Readers, think about this before you bash other Americans.

Posted by: rjpal | September 17, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

But here's how you'll know that it was never sincere. Well, there is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's budget plan that would DOUBLE the deficit, which ought unto itself be CASE CLOSED
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The trouble is that your claim is not accompanied by any figures. What is the revenue diference between Obama's plan and Mitch McConnell's plan in dollars?

In this extremely partisan climate, I am reluctant to accept claims from one party which bashes the other and which is not accompanied by any facts.

For the record, my uneducated opinion is that taxes for the rich should be allowed to rise to pre-Bush levels. But I am aware that the opinion is in the absence of facts.

When liberals like you abuse Republicans but do not give me figures, my suspicion meter rises.

Lots of people hate Republicans. Lots of people hate Obama. But can we please tone down the hatred and deal honestly with what we should do as a nation?

Tom Toles, is that impossible for you?

Posted by: rjpal | September 17, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

1. Wrong. Unemployment would be about 12 percent if not enacted.
1. Wrong. GDP growth at a little above 2 percent. We were in a recession which is negative growth. But again Repubs were saying that the economy was strong.
3. Wrong. A majority of Americans do not want it repealed. It just depends on what question you ask. Most Dems wanted the public option available to everybody. Yes health care premiums are rising. They have risen every year for the last thirty years. Did anybody ever say that they would be lower this year ? What about all those young adults under 26 who are now eleigible to stay on their parents healthcare ? Let's ask their parents if they are unhappy since you want to cheery pick your facts as most Repubs do.
4. As another point... how can these hypocrites cry about the deficit and our children's future and advocate adding 4 billion unfunded to the deficit ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | September 17, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Toles and his Liberal Lemmings love to say how the GOP would be worse for Americans than the Democrats in the next election. Let's introduce a few facts (you can hear the Libs cowering into corners now) to the discussion:

1 - America Recovery Act - failure. Unemployment is 9.6%; predicted by the WH to be 8%.
2 - Summer of Recovery - failure. There isn't a single shred of evidence that the economy is recovering at all. But then again, we have a few more days until the end of summer...
3 - Federal Health Care - failure. Up to 70% of Americans don't want it (keep in mind, math majors, that the Democratic base is 40%). Health insurance premiums are already going up. No positive effect from this law any time soon because the Dems were too cowardly to implement early - leaving it for future Congress's and Administration(s) to implement.

Case is closed, Libs. You were given a chance to govern and you fumbled at the 1 yard line.

It's over.

Posted by: pararanger22 | September 17, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Albert Einstein was right: "Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result".

I am saddened that NO politician can tell us the truth except for little glimmers from those who have announced retirement (e.g. Sen Voynovich this week).

No one will address energy with a price on carbon. No one will tell us we need to INCREASE taxes to restore our infrastructure before more bridges collapse, more gas lines rupture, more trains derail. No one will constrain factory farms until we all have been sickened. No one will abandon the apparent policy of endless war for the benefit of the military-industrial complex.

Is there no one who will represent me in this reputedly representative democracy?

Posted by: DougMUSN | September 17, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

"And if you think its bad now, wait till 2012. There will be 22 democrats, as opposed to 11 Republicans up for reelection and guys like Tester, Webb, Nelson and Conrad (not to mention your precious messiah) are going to be easy pickins!"

...you're probably right...people like you will be happy to vote for more of the same fools that got us into this mess, vs the ones who might help us to actually survive it. Like a donkey you don't need to be beaten with a a stick to be made to do the Republicans' bidding. They just need a carrot on the end of a rope, to hold in front of you. An endless string of promises, an endless string of gape-mouthed morons following them off a cliff.

Does make one wonder what can really be done to change that, after all.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 17, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

...instead of promising to improve the economy both sides need to promise to help the country make the best of the economy that we have. Especially since it's likely to get worse.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 17, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

The paradox is that what this country needs is the exact opposite of what the Republicans will promise: higher taxes and lower wages.

At this point we are in a battle for survival. The fallacy is that we can recoup the economic losses of the past two years. That's not going to happen until we reestablish our technical dominance in the market...which really isn't ever going to happen. We need more rope not a promise that we won't need any rope.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 17, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Toles
sit back and watch the show

the Republicans will simply promise to cut taxes and boost spending in order to stimulate the economy

like no one has ever thought of it before, as if tax cuts haven't been in place for years and the spending hasn't been through the roof for years

They will simply say that when *they* do it, it will work, unlike when the Democrats have done it. And this will work, buying them seats.

Why?
Because people are stupid and greedy. You offer them two birds in the bush in exchange for the one bird that they have? Most of them will go for it. Maybe not the first time you offer it, maybe not the 2nd or even the 3rd time, but keep offering it and eventually they will bite.

You can take this to the bank. Having effectively stifled the Democrats and especially Obama, they will simply make repeated promises to do what Obama is trying to do using their same old techniques that have already failed,but in a "new & better way" that will work, "based on the lessons of the past coupled with economic common-sense".

Ignoring the lessons of the past and the common-sense that says "Don't vote Republican".

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 17, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

"Glen Reynolds had a wonderful quote on Tea Party critics, aimed square at John Kerry : “I think the Tea Party couldn’t ask for any better publicity than to be denounced by a millionaire who dodges paying taxes on his yacht”"

Way to trade in sound bites sniping at "elite culture" while the country is in crisis. People like you are what's been going wrong with America.

Posted by: Nissl | September 17, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

The American people won't be fooled by the Republicans. They're just starting to tune in now and when they find out Republicans want to add $4 TRILLION to the deficit and give it all to the rich, Republican support is going to collapse.

Posted by: Nissl | September 17, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I wish I could agree with you that the Democrats have been more responsible, but I think the truth is that they have maybe, at best, been simply less irresponsible. No one out there is telling the truth or tackling the hard problems in a realistic way. Maybe that is asking too much from our political system, in its present condition. Because if anyone did tell the truth, what would be their fate?

Posted by: moore_te | September 17, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Holy Hefalumps!
Obama still getting blamed for the ENORMOUS deficit caused by the BUSH War and Tax Cuts?
Please REMEMBER, GOPers, Neither of those immoral acts were FINANCED!!!!

Also, you GOPers should note that the unanimously House passed bill to give the FDA some clout in protecting us from tainted food (read salmonella) is being held up indefinitely by ONE totally ignorant GOP Senator...because it might increase the deficit some very minor fraction of what the BUSH years generated! Where from? Oklahoma, naturally!
Geeze! Madness! Republicans are worse than despicable!

Posted by: lufrank1 | September 16, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Great work again Tom.

After a hearty laugh, I noticed there were already 5 comments posted.
Who would these be I thought, and I guessed; booboobear, bignoisyfart and I added wildfiringpug. When I clicked on the comments, WOW! I was right! How can they tear themselves away from fauxnews™?

Looking forward your next visual and verbal broadside.

Posted by: unoiamrite | September 16, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I would love to hear Mr. Toles Friday rant be read aloud by Fred Figglehorn from YouTube. His helium voice is perfect for such nonsense. We have had two years of no moderates in power of the Democrat Party. In that time we have gotten into the auto business with the Union, created a huge new expensive health care entitlement, acquired over three dozen Czars and added more money to the debt than all the Presidents from Washington to Reagan. The Republican Party has gotten the message that it must return to the ideas of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile the Democrat Party is flailing, I love that word, and scaring us about a tax cut which in fact is a tax increase. Government has been without that rich guy's tax money for almost a decade. Now it wants the money back because it can't keep spending out of control without it. Mr. Toles you just don't get it. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid just don't get it. It is not extreme to get government spending under control and cut back on it's responsibilities. As Fred Figglehorn says, "peace out home boy".

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 16, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Yaaaaaaaaay! We're doomed!!

Posted by: will12 | September 16, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Glen Reynolds had a wonderful quote on Tea Party critics, aimed square at John Kerry : “I think the Tea Party couldn’t ask for any better publicity than to be denounced by a millionaire who dodges paying taxes on his yacht”

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | September 16, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Lots of donkeys go over the rail in early November. You can almost hear all the braying now.

Posted by: bignoisylawnmower | September 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Tommy ol boy, you just don’t get it do you? When your beloved democrats took control of the Congress in 2006 the US was running a $248 billion deficit, we now have a $1,267 billion deficit. In 2006 GDP growth was 3.2%, in 2010 we had a -2.4%. You messiah is a false profit and his flock is comprised of heritics but you would just as soon be fed to the lions right along with them because they are “your people”.

People like Paul Ryan and Sharron Angle will set this ship right again.

I bathe myself in your tears come this November.

And if you think its bad now, wait till 2012. There will be 22 democrats, as opposed to 11 Republicans up for reelection and guys like Tester, Webb, Nelson and Conrad (not to mention your precious messiah) are going to be easy pickins!

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | September 16, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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