Things are going to get interesting for the Democrats. Above, speaking with Scott Rasmussen, Howard Dean committed candor, stating that:
“[S]omebody has to tell the middle class that either your taxes are going to go up or your programs are going to get cut or else we're going to go into financial oblivion, and nobody really wants to tell them that.”
In truth, Republicans have told them that, and Democrats (aside from Dean) are refusing to do the same. Indeed, Senator Chuck Schumer has actually insisted that the sequester puts Democrats -- who are still pretending that the country's fiscal problems can be solved by higher taxes on "the rich" -- on the "high ground" in the fiscal debate. Perhaps this gamble is why -- though Republicans have offered a plan to replace the sequester with targeted cuts -- Democrats have offered . . . nothing.
Despite Schumer's brave face, apparently the sequester will hit Democratic districts harder than Republican ones, thus providing Democrats with a greater incentive to end the standoff. And at some point, the American people will catch on that to subsidize the new Obama welfare state, Dean's right; their taxes will have to go up, significantly.
For years now, the press has let the Obama Democrats paint a false portrait of the country's fiscal crisis and the measures that will be needed to address it. When that day comes, the record will reflect that Republicans had a plan, and Democrats had . . . nothing.