Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Yesterday, Senators Roberts and Brownback joined most of their Republican colleagues in opposing fiscal responsibility. A Democratic amendment would have required a supermajority vote on any measure that would increase the deficit. All Democrats supported the measure, and were joined by Senators Snowe, Collins, Voinovich, McCain and Chafee.

The Carpetbagger cites Republicans opposing the amendment because it would prevent an extension of the tax deferrals which are going to impoverish the my generation's government. Someone is going to pay for the enormous debt Republicans have run up, and that means someone will have to make tough choices, probably a tax hike of some sort. Hence, tax deferrals.

If Roberts or Brownback took fiscal responsibility seriously, they would have supported this amendment, then found a way to cut spending to pay for actual tax cuts (cuts in taxation which are matched by cuts in overall spending).

Let's call this "instant gratification Republicanism."