Except that it didn't. The vote wasn't even close. A bipartisan coalition of Senate liberals, including Baucus, Schumer and Republicans Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), defeated the Grassley amendment by a vote of 53-44. As hard as this may be to believe, Senator Baucus lied on the floor of the Senate, and he lied to the American people with his vote on the Grassley amendment. We were all fools to believe him, and we and more of our money will soon be parted.
Worse, the congressional majority has no intention this year of cutting one sentence from the 9 million-word income tax code. In fact, they plan to wring even more tax dollars from the pockets of American families by unleashing the IRS dogs on us.
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, said at a March 20 hearing, "For some time, I think the IRS has been underfunded. They have a major task…and we need the revenues to fund the things we want to do."
Consider Lewis' statement in context of the liberal majority's overall agenda. Their agenda and accompanying rhetoric include nothing about increasing economic freedom and protecting the homeland from Islamic terrorists. Instead, they want to manipulate the tax code to shake down law-abiding Americans for every last penny. They want U.S. troops to fail in their missions across the globe. That's all.
Have you heard one mention of restructuring or reforming Social Security and Medicare or ensuring the continued economic prosperity the majority of Americans currently enjoy? You have not and you will not. The liberal mission is just the opposite, as judged by their words and their votes. It is not an exaggeration to argue that they only want to raise taxes, lose the war and distract the White House with never ending investigations.
If all the liberals wanted from us was more taxpayer money to spend on pork projects and entitlement programs, history shows that the best way to raise federal revenue is to cut or eliminate the taxes we pay. Surely there are some smart liberals in Congress who know that federal coffers swell when tax rates are lowered. But the liberals are not interested in just taking our money.
They want to mug us first and then break our kneecaps for good measure. The problem is that these pirates of Pennsylvania Avenue want both our money and our economic freedom. Their political ideology cannot survive in power for the long term if the American people have resources to challenge their tyrannical grip on our lives.
Some of us devote a lot of time pointing out the lies and deception, and explaining the foolishness of liberal policies. But too many people don't get it or even want to get it, and that's just fine with the leaders of liberal destruction.
That way, there are more April fools all year long.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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