Friday :: May 21, 2004

Take That, Perfessor!


by pessimist

Our most vocal resident 'conservatives' questioned my motivations for calling for Senator John McCain to lead the remaining moderates out of the GOP for the good of the nation. While he hasn't yet done so, I noted with great satisfaction that he is starting to act toward that result:

Mutiny by 4 Republicans Over Bush's Tax Cutting Forces Delay on the Budget Vote

Unable to a squelch a six-week mutiny over President Bush's tax-cutting agenda, Senate Republican leaders on Thursday conceded that they could not muster enough votes to pass a $2.4 trillion budget plan and abruptly postponed a vote until at least next month.

The decision, coming on the same day that Mr. Bush made a high-profile plea for approval of the budget on a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill, was a major setback for the president, and reflected growing unease about his goal of permanently extending the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.

Congressional analysts have estimated that the cost of making the tax cuts permanent could total nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years. The budget impasse, which began in March, was over whether to impose a "pay as you go" rule that would require Congress to offset the cost of new tax cuts.

But in the Senate, a handful of centrist Republicans teamed up with Democrats in March and succeeded in attaching the pay-as-you-go rule to the budget resolution by a two-vote majority.

Four Senate moderates - John McCain of Arizona, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island - had insisted on attaching a provision that would have applied pay-as-you-go-rules for the next five years.

They are doing what I feel real Americans must - defending the nation from the economic predations of the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse.

Of course, a few more 'mutinies' like this, and the GOP will oust them, forcing the issue that I wish these four would take on their own initiative - acting as the balance of power.

I saved you the trouble of looking up sites to explain the term, Perfessor.

pessimist :: 10:25 AM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!