Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More progressive logic

Heard on the News this morning.  Obama, on "tackling" the budget deficit:
“The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. And their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it — in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes.”
Never mind the gross understatement of what the commission said, and the escape clause "I don't agree with all their proposals" ... technically speaking, the above statement could be interpreted as saying "I don't agree with all of this, but here's what they said: ...." so any one or more of those, perhaps he doesn't agree with, but he gets credit for saying them anyway. At least that's his hope.

But the thing that irks me above all else is that last bit ... "spending through tax breaks and loopholes".

Tax breaks are not spending. Tax breaks are refraining from taking. The money doesn't belong to the government for it to generously give back. But such is Progressive logic.  It is the logic of rationalization to obscene lengths.

"We will spend less by taxing more!"

1 comment:

Whitehawk said...

One of the most dangerous beliefs or notions of our time (and one our Founding Fathers never intended to flurish in the U.S.) is the notion that the Federal Government is an entity separate from the people of the United States. If this notion becomes established we will wrongly accept the idea that the government has money, an army, the power to grant freedoms...

They founded a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Wow, have we screwed that up.