Government-centric viewpoint

Jun 242011

Let Tim Geithner talk long enough, and eventually he tells you the truth.   The reason the Obama administration wants more taxes is so it can keep government large.

“If you don’t touch revenues and you leave in place the tax cuts for the top 2 percent that were put in place by President Bush, if you leave those in place and you’re trying to bring our deficits down over time, then you have to do exceptionally deep cuts in benefits for middle-class Americans and you have to shrink the overall size of government programs, things like education, to levels that we could not accept as a country,” said Geithner.

That’s the government-centric view.   The people-centric view was expressed by his questioner, Rep. Renee Elmers of North Carolina.   URL.  H/T Drudge.

[Late edit to put in the full quote instead of the partial, elided one I had posted earlier.]


Sep 162010

Somebody needs to tell AP writers Stephen Ohlemacher and Kevin Freking that there is an economic crisis in this country. There are other things to worry besides “cost to the government.” Cost to the economy and cost to the people, for example.

Republicans support a full renewal of all tax cuts, regardless of income, despite a 10-year cost to the government of about $700 billion above Obama’s plan.


Associated Press writers Stephen Ohlemacher and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.