Dan Holler

Then, with an authoritative flip of a coin a shiny Lincoln-embossed penny, America would either empower the entrepreneurial spirit of free people or careen toward a dependency-driven European-style collapse.

Of course, no reasonable person would suggest America’s future as a nation be subjected to a coin flip; to seriously suggest such a thing would require “a willing suspension of disbelief.” Unfortunately, the notion that closed-door collaboration between eight senators with a combined Heritage Action score of 41% will produce good policy requires a logical leap of the same magnitude.

Remember, just last week both candidates for the presidency distanced themselves from the BS plan to raise taxes by $2 trillion; yet, at the same time, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Bennet (D-CO), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) are creating a backdoor to allow that very same tax hike to hit hardworking Americans.

And you can bet that during a lame-duck session of Congress, all the usual suspects will be in the mix too, including, Senators Scott Brown (R-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

Americans are understandably frustrated with Washington. For decades, the politicians, bureaucrats and special interest groups have been perpetuating themselves while giving lip service to the American people. Crafting congressional procedure is no substitute to for real leadership.


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.