I. F. Stone said: “All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” Sometimes, simple words are all we need to define our lives. With everything around us layered with so much complexity, it is often the elegance of simplicity that cuts to the base of who we are. That quote, by Stone, simply and perfectly captures our government—more specifically, the Democrats.
The Democrats are constantly braying about fiscal responsibility; paying our deficits, and balancing the budget; but their actual intentions could not be farther from the truth. In fact, they lie. Whether or not that lying is intentional or just part of their essence as a human bei–politician–is up for debate. Either way, a lie is a lie.
For four years, we have waited with baited breath for the Democrats in the Senate to offer up a budget; and now that they have, I almost wish they hadn’t. Their budget is as absurd as Joe Biden’s…well, anything that Joe Biden does. Their budget proposes tax hikes of $1.5 trillion dollars, and balloons our deficit to an astounding size.
In case you don’t believe that the Democrats have cornered the market on talking about fiscal responsibility; courtesy of Powerline Blog, here are several quotes for your perusal and enjoyment:
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): “Before I ask for your vote, I owe it to you to tell you where I stand. I’m for…a balanced budget amendment.”
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK): “It’s time to stop playing political brinksmanship with the budget and do what every Alaskan is doing – balance the budget.”
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO): “I’ve long gone by the saying, if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. By restoring healthy and responsible spending through a reasonable Balanced Budget Amendment, we can begin filling in that hole.”
And, a quote from President Obama himself from July 2008:
“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”
With all of the hot air coming out of Washington Democrats about fiscal responsibility, you’d think that given the option, they would jump at the chance to balance the budget. Well, not so much.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, in a movement on the floor, offered this to the Democrats:
“Mr. Sessions moves to commit S. Con. Res. 8 back to the Committee on the Budget with instructions to report back no later than March 22, 2013 with such changes as may be necessary to achieve unified budget balance by fiscal year 2023.”
This offer was a blank check, designed to give the Democrats free reign to do whatever they wanted to balance the budget. They could even have raised taxes in any way they saw fit, so long as the budget came out balanced. The Democrats–as I suspect Sessions expected–voted against this movement. Every Democrat, aside from one, voted against Sessions’ budget movement.
Given the popularity of balancing the budget, you’d think that a chance to take a crack at it with no limitations would give Democrats fits of joy. According to Hot Air, a recent poll
“…showed that 45 percent of Democratic voters think ‘balancing … the federal budget would significantly increase economic growth and create millions of American jobs.’ A sky-high 61 percent of independents and 76 percent of Republicans agree.”
Predictably though, the Democrats fell right into Senator Sessions’ trap. He–as well as anyone who has brain cells–knows that the Democrats have absolutely no intention of keeping a balanced budget, reducing spending, or lowering taxes on the middle class. They love to lie.
Democrats and the media have frequently called Republicans the “Party of NO,” but it seems that Democrats are the ones saying no. They were offered a golden opportunity to show just how fiscally responsible they are, and they rejected it. How strange. How odd.
This clever gambit made by Senator Sessions was brilliantly designed to reveal just who the Democrats truly are: liars. Never in recent memory has a Republican pulled something like this on the Democrats. Good on Jeff Sessions for artfully revealing what lies beneath the Democrats’ facade.