Mary Katharine Ham

Well, it’s been just a few short months since Grandmadame Speaker began her unique tenure as caretaker of both the country and the children. On the day of her swearing in, Nancy Pelosi promised a “new America:”

"A new America that seizes the future and forges 21st Century solutions through discovery, creativity, and innovation, sustaining our economic leadership and ensuring our national security.

"A new America with a vibrant and strengthened middle class for whom college is affordable, health care is accessible, and retirement reliable.”

Yeah, about that.

This week was budget week in Washington, D.C., which means it’s that time of year when the federal government occupies you with a complex system of forms and credits and deductions used to strip you of a couple thousand bucks by April 15, so that they can in turn negotiate the ways in which they’ll be taking millions from you and billions from your children by the same method in decades to come.

Very clever diversionary tactic, really.

When Pelosi said she wanted to “seize” the future, she meant in a hand-cuffed, make-sure-you-have-a-safe-word kind of way. This is, indeed, the time of “discovery” Pelosi envisioned in our nation’s capital. Every day this week, Democrats were devising creative and innovative ways to wheedle that precious pay from your little pocket.

By 2015 in the new Democratic America, even George Strait’s Wranglers won’t be tight enough to keep money in them.

And, how will they do it? In order to understand, you can’t just pay attention. You have to speak the language.

Balance the budget = raise taxes.

Democrats in the House are making much of the fact that their blueprint balances the budget within five years. Some are even boasting a surplus, taking that special kind credit you can only get in Washington for things that haven’t happened yet.

How do they plan to make it happen? Their budget plan assumes the expiration of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Republicans have given it a more appropriate name than “balancing the budget.”

Most are calling it the “biggest tax increase in American history.” Rep. Trent Franks took it a step farther and called it the “biggest tax increase in the history of humanity.”
Closing the tax gap = The IRS is a-knockin’ on your door:

Beyond the $900 billion Democrats plan to swipe by wiping out the Bush tax cuts, they also plan to bring in some serious dough by closing tax loopholes.

Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of, a contributor to Townhall Magazine.

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