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Opening Arguments

Get ready to fork it over

OK, show of hands: Who's shocked?

Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.

Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next ten years.

The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of deficit reduction should reach $2 trillion and about half of it should come from higher taxes.

This sets up tax reform as one of the biggest fights of the 113th Congress, which began on Thursday.

Our biggest fiscal problem is runaway spending. The proposal is to raise even more money to spend. How is this "reform," exactly?


Rebecca Mallory
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 12:25pm

The primary requisite for any new tax law is for it to exempt enough voters to win the next election.

-Herman Wouk

Rebecca Mallory
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 2:05pm

Democrat Dialog


Father, must I go to work?

  No, my lucky son

We're living now of Easy Street

With dough from Washington.


We've left it up to Uncle Sam

 So dont get exercised.

Nobody has to give a damn-

We've all be subsidized.


But if Sam treats us all so well

And feeds us milk and honey,

Please, daddy,  tell me what the hell

He's going to use for money.


Don't worry, Bub, there's not a hitch

In this here noble plan-

He simply soaks the filthy rich

And helps the common man.


But, Father, wont there come a time

When they run out of cash ?

And we have left them not a dime

When things will go to smash?


My faith in you is shrinking, Son

You nosy little brat.

You do too much damn thinking, Son

To be a Democrat.

Christopher Swing
Wed, 01/09/2013 - 6:06pm

So, did your subscription to the WSJ run out, Rebecca? Now you're reduced to dubiously-sourced quotes from writers and a poem from 1949?