Yesterday, Kentucky’s US Senator-elect, Rand Paul, refused to identify how he would cut federal spending. He refused to identify a single specific cut. He also joined the Stepford conservative leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Paul Ryan, as they stayed on the coordinated but incorrect message that the country doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
Talk about getting it wrong from the get-go. This New York Times article lends a little help to demonstrate how wrong they are, outlining case after case of states’ falling revenue levels. Falling revenue levels. Of course you’re going to have spending problems if your revenues are falling. This is an alignment problem though. Not a spending-only problem.
Nice rhetoric but easily deflated. The revenues they are a-shrinking. The obligations are still a-coming. You can try to raise one and cut the other, but that doesn’t make the problem a spending-only problem.
As for the crippling about to be done to the states, Operation Rescue continues to be interested in doing it literally. From the NYT piece, the most offensive embrace of a pro-life position I’ve ever read:
Among the possibilities [of plans being made by conservative special interest groups]: a new flurry of proposed state prohibitions on abortion, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration.
“I feel like a little boy on Christmas morning — which package do you open up first?” said Troy Newman, the leader of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group. Already, abortion opponents were considering pressing for new regulations in New Mexico, Iowa and Kansas, where Sam Brownback, the Republican governor-elect, follows Democratic governors who vetoed some abortion limits approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
He feels like a little boy on Christmas morning waiting to open a package that will let him keep women from legal medical procedures and reproductive choices?
This is the mentality, this is the tone, this is the attitude about to be given a bigger voice?
Forget about global warming. It’s going to be a cold, cruel winter.