"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Balanced Budget Amendment would ...

... make it "virtually impossible" to gouge more money out of you.

That is a paraphrase (but not by much) of the reaction of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Dem - Maryland) to the parts of the Republican Cut, Cap and Balance plan that would require supermajority votes in Congress to increase taxes.

What he actually said was, "In order to pay our bills, Republicans would require us to pass a Constitutional amendment that would permanently enshrine their partisan budget priorities in law and make it virtually impossible to raise revenue." 

But, tell me honestly, was my paraphrasing of it all that much of an exaggeration?

He is whining because the bill would make it harder  for them to get more money out of you, and of course he says it as if that was a bad thing, because it truly is  to their ilk.

Their approach to an economic problem seems always  to amount to pointing the "revenue" gun at you and demanding, "Hand it over".

If someone proposes actually cutting  something, their reaction is best described by Ace at Ace of Spades HQ ...
   "His mouth is moving and there is sound coming out,
     but it's not a language that any of us understand."


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