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Is Anybody Surprised that the First Bottle of Tax Booze Didn’t Cure the Spendaholics?

Arley2 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 1:46 PM
If the Congress, both GOP and Dim Dems, REALLY wanted to achieve a balanced budget all they would have to do is freeze spending at the current level. That would mean zero new spending of any kind and that programs with built in "automatic" increases (say for cost of living raises for example) would be frozen too. In a way that would be most fair. Then Congress could take a look (but they probably wouldn't) at which programs are effective and which aren't. Head Start is a good example. A recent HHS long term study shows it doesn't work. Do you think that evaluation will result in Head Start being eliminated? I don't think so because Lobbiests will pressure Congress to find some reason to continue this completely ineffective program
badgerpat Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 2:07 PM
Head Start will definitely not be ended, regardless of whether it's effective (which it apparently is not). Any Republican suggesting ending Head Start, whether or not that Republican suggested a different effort that might actually achieve the goals Head Start was intended to achieve, would be instantly and viciously attacked by everyone from MSNBC, to the New Your Times, to the POTUS, to Matt Damon for their "seething hatred of all children."
badgerpat Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 2:08 PM

Those of you old enough to remember the Cold War may remember something called the Brezhnev Doctrine. This was the rule concocted by the Soviet tyrants that basically said a nation could never regain freedom once it fell under communist rule.

In my simple way of looking at such matters, this rule translated into: “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable.”

We have a somewhat similar situation with American fiscal policy. The proponents of bigger government have openly stated that their top goal – both from a policy perspective and political perspective – is higher taxes.

But what they...

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