What goes around, comes aroundPosted 3 November 2010 by Bob Chapman
Representative-Elect BOB GIBBS (Republican, Ohio): And we’re committed to take this new Congress with all the new members and we’re going come back and we’re going to cut the deficit spending, we’re going to roll back the massive tax increases, and we’re going to reform the regulations. (“The New House Majority: Gavel Returns To GOP,” Morning Edition, NPR News, retrieved November 3, 2010)
Republicans made their gains in 2010 campaigning with statements like this.
The Democrats had cut the deficit spending from the previous Bush administration. You could argue that it was not enough.
The Republicans saying they are going to roll back the massive tax increases is interesting, though. What massive tax increases? For example, one of the first bills the Democrats passed was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed into law on February 17, 2009. In that bill was $288 billion in tax incentives (reductions).
No Republicans in the House voted for the ARRA of 2009. Only three Republican senators voted for it. Where were the Republicans in 2009 when it came to reducing taxes?
The only thing Democrats are guilty of is having the most awful public relations firms telling their message.
These next two years should be interesting. That is, as Republican rhetoric meets cold, hard fact, we are all going to be living in Interesting Times.
I run against a candidate who reminds me of the symbol of his party, the circus elephant, with his head full of ivory, a long memory and no vision, and you have seen elephants being led around the circus ring. They grab the tail of the elephant in front of them. [Applause.] That was all right in 1952 and 1956, but there is no tail to grab this year. It is Mr. Nixon himself and I don’t believe he will secure an endorsement of a majority of the citizens of this country in a time of change. [Applause.] (John F. Kennedy, November 7, 1960, retrieved November 3, 2010)
The more things change, the more they stay the same.