Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Republican Budget Alternative

I'll be very clear, I was really pissed off when Boehner presented an alternative plan with no numbers.

So I'm glad to see the WSJ report that apparently they do have a plan with numbers now that looks drastically different from the POTUS budget.

The letter published in WSJ is still not specific enough for me, I'm sure the version on the floor is. However, I really hope that Republicans have learned from their mistakes and the abandonment of principles that led to losses in 2006 and 2008. I hope they learned that people elect them based on the platform, based on the hope of truly being a more efficient government.

I like the tax plan; I think it's fair. Some of you will come back with the trite statement that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts benefit the wealthy. Maybe so. But the wealthy are NOT the only ones benefitted from those tax cuts. I have many middle class friends with kids that were GREATLY benefitted under the tax cuts; and so were we. The sliding scale seems fair to me, in particular when in certain places such as NYC require you to have a six figure salary to be middle class.

We'll see what happens with this budget fight, but as long as Republicans stay true to this statement
In the recent past, the Republican Party failed to offer the nation an inspiring vision and a concrete plan to tackle our problems with innovative and principled solutions. We do not intend to repeat that mistake. America is not the greatest nation on earth by chance. We earned this greatness by rewarding individual achievement, by advancing and protecting natural rights, and by embracing freedom. We intend to continue this uniquely American tradition
then we as citizens might actually end up with a budget that doesn't increase our debt, and actually starts reducing it.

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