House Democrats gave us an unpleasantly revealing view of their backsides when they bailed on the president’s tax rate compromise, proving once again that loyalty in Washington does not exist apart from self-interest.
The drive to fleece the wealthy to pay for unbridled spending has not ended, though most of us can see that it is over. House Dems would rather punish lower income taxpayers by dragging out the tax rate debate than compromise their two-year war on the well-to-do. Now would be a good time to put egoism aside and do what is best for the country, but sometimes it is difficult to end the party, turn off the lights, and stagger to bed.
Democratic legislators spent lots of our money, and are now going to pay the price for ignoring a few simple, commonsense rules. This is where discretion and judgment would have made a difference. Just because you can do something, does mean that you should. The lesson has not, apparently, been learned. Instead of responsibility-taking, we are seeing the behavior of recalcitrant children who have failed to get their way and have turned on their parent figure, Barack Obama.
Given the enthusiasm over President Obama’s inauguration it would have been difficult to envision that his House supporters would bail on their leader in just two short years, squealing and leaping over the rail at the first setback. Unfortunately, in all the excitement over what to spend on first simple rules were ignored:
1..DO NOT REQUIRE TAXPAYERS TO FUND ENTITLEMENTS FOR WHICH THEY WILL NEVER QUALIFY.
Reminding the nation how middle-class families are struggling while proposing that states grant taxpayer-supported tuition rates to illegal immigrants is laughably foolish. Domestic crises foster nationalism. If you are going to spend taxpayer dollars in a recession, you had better be spending those dollars to benefit the taxpayers.
2..DO NOT USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO PROTECT THE JOBS OF YOUR SPECIAL INTEREST SUPPORTERS WHEN MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS ARE UNEMPLOYED.
The mantra that “no one is irreplaceable” applies to public sector employees, too. Congress forgot about this when they demanded we spend billions to bail out highly unionized state and local public sector jobs last summer. The private sector cuts jobs and salaries to stay afloat. The public sector should have followed suit.
3..DO NOT USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO PROTECT THE FINANCES OF YOUR SPECIAL INTEREST SUPPORTERS.
In addition to protecting public sector incomes, we gave organized labor a multi-year pass on the health care “Cadillac Tax,” and TARP funds were used to protect pensions for union autoworkers. The appearance of favoritism, or in this case favoritism itself, does not go over well when citizens are dipping into their 401(k)s to pay the mortgage.
4..CRISES ARE NOT A GOOD TIME FOR SELF-INDULGENCE.
Health care could have waited. We needed jobs, not checkups.
5..DO NOT ALLOW EGOISTIC PRINCIPLES TO STAND IN THE WAY OF DOING THE RIGHT THING.
Punishing taxpayers out of stubborn adherence to unsupported principle will come back to haunt you. The president’s tax cut compromise is a more than reasonable concession for Democrats. Those with a great deal more economic sense than our legislature, including Congress’ own budget office, have recommended a temporary extension of all current tax rates.
6..DO NOT PLACE BLAME FOR A PROBLEM YOU CANNOT FIX. IF YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A PROBLEM, YOU HAD BETTER FIX IT.
When President Obama took office, House Democrats were like children running amok in a candy shop, promising to fix everything from health care to our immigration laws to our financial sector. The problem that most needed fixing – unemployment – is worsening, despite hundreds of billion spent on the economic stimulus and the TARP. If you know enough about a problem to blame someone for creating that problem, then you should know enough to fix it. If you cannot fix the problem, then shut up about it.
7..WHEN YOU LEAVE, DON’T BE ANGRY. JUST GET OUT.