David Limbaugh

--A so-called tax bill full of extraneous provisions that is being marketed as a tax cut for the wealthy when it is not a cut at all, but an extension of existing rates, and is not just for the "wealthy" (who aren't all wealthy), but for all income groups. Not being a "cut," but a continuation of existing rates, it would not "cost" a dime. But if the linguistic distorters insist on saying it would "cost," then they must acknowledge that the bulk of the cost would come from continuing the rates for all other income groups, a fact that's too inconvenient for the left to concede because it doesn't fit their template of demonizing the "wealthy." Plus, the rate extensions would only continue for two years, injecting great uncertainty into an already unstable economy and working against entrepreneurial investment and economic growth. The bill also would reinstate the estate tax and further extend unemployment benefits in the name of compassion, with no one making the case that it's not compassionate to implement policies that do more harm than good by exacerbating unemployment and retarding economic growth.

--An enormously important arms deal with the Russians known as New START, which they're trying to rush through without full and thorough hearings. Despite support for the treaty, many troubling issues remain, such as verifiability and implications for conventional warfare. Also, the dangerously volatile North Korean and Iranian regimes are not affected, and there is ambiguity over the treaty's language concerning missile defense. There are discrepancies between the administration's and Russia's interpretations, and the administration refuses to clear those up by releasing its negotiating records. Some have pointed out that the proposed treaty is a product of this administration's fundamentally flawed approach to arms control, in that it is based on the goal of global nuclear disarmament when even the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States says the global elimination of nukes is not presently possible.

--Congress is also trying to cram through the DREAM Act, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and other controversial measures with far-reaching consequences.

This is no way to conduct the nation's business -- ever -- but especially not when the overwhelming majority of the people sent a clear signal they'd had enough of such recklessness. Those who fear backlash to the GOP from another perceived GOP-caused government shutdown are misreading the electorate's mood.

This process is out of control, and it's time for Republicans to slam on the brakes. Now. Enough is enough.

David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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