In dis­ar­ray

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

This month marked the oneyear an­niver­sary of Democrats win­ning Congress, for­mer presi- den­tial ad­viser Karl Rove noted in the Wall Street Jour­nal.

“But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid prob­a­bly aren’t in a cel­e­brat­ing mood. The good­will they en­joyed af­ter their vic­tory is gone. Their bright cam­paign prom­ises are un­ful­filled. Demo­cratic lead­er­ship is in dis­ar­ray. And Congress’s ap­proval rat­ing has fallen to its low­est point in his­tory,” Mr. Rove said.

“The prob­lems the Democrats are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing be­gin with the fed­eral bud­get. Or rather, the lack of one. In 2006, Democrats crit­i­cized Congress for drag­ging its feet on the bud­get and pledged that they would do bet­ter. In­stead, they did worse. The new fis­cal year started Oct. 1 — five weeks ago — but Democrats have yet to send the pres­i­dent a sin­gle an­nual ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill. It’s been at least 20 years since Congress has gone this late in pass­ing any ap­pro­pri­a­tion bills, an in­di­ca­tion of the mess the Pelosi-Reid Congress is now in.

“Even worse, the Democrats have made clear all their talk about ‘fis­cal dis­ci­pline’ is just that — talk. They’re propos­ing to spend $205 bil­lion more than the pres­i­dent has pro­posed over the next five years. And the open­ing wedge of this binge is $22 bil­lion more in spend­ing pro­posed for the com­ing year. Only in Wash­ing­ton could some­one in pub­lic life be so clue­less to say, as Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi have, that $22 bil­lion is a ‘rel­a­tively small’ dif­fer­ence.

“Let’s also be clear about what it means to roll back the pres­i­dent’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, as the Democrats want to do. Ev­ery in­come-tax payer will pay more as all tax rates rise. Fam­i­lies will pay $500 more per child as they lose the child tax credit. Taxes on small busi­nesses would go up by an av­er­age of about $4,000. Re­tirees will pay higher taxes on in­vest­ment re­tire­ment in­come. And now we have the $1 tril­lion tax in­crease pro­posed as ‘tax re­form’ by the Democrats’ chief tax writer last month.”

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