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Letting people keep their money = Government spending?

July 26, 2011

I like calling things what they are, which is why I often have such a hard time with the crap politicians spew.  They don’t call things what they are they don’t tell it like it is.

Take this tidbit from California congressman Pete Stark:

You’ve heard a lot about the Debt Limit.  And I guess that’s – I don’t know how many of you are worried about it or concerned about it.  The fact is I think it’s a political charade.

I’m afraid that the Democrats have done that in the past, threatened to shut down the government.  I don’t think there’s a chance that it will happenI think the last time somebody did, they lost enough seats in the House of Representatives to convince them it was a dumbest thing they ever did.  [It] doesn’t get us anywhere, it doesn’t help anybody, and to extend the Debt Limit is nothing more – than people have described it – than that the government’s credit card doesn’t run out of resources.

And we all know we have more debt than we should be carrying and there’s a fight going on: Should we raise your taxes to lower that debt?  Should we quit government spending?  The question is if we quit government spending, what do we quit spending?  Do we quit spending on Social Security and WIC and children’s daycare?  Or do we quit spending for corporate jet deductions, and those sorts of things?  And those are the political fights.

I don’t necessarily disagree with him on a couple of points he made, but then he talks about government spending and the agreement ends.  Stark wants to compare apples to oranges, all the while convince you it’s apples to apples.  Well I don’t buy it, and I hope you don’t either.

Government spending is pretty straight forward.  The government takes our money in the form of taxes and they spend it on stuff.  Whether you believe they spend it on the right stuff, well that’s a different debate.

Stark wants you to believe, however, that money they don’t take from tax payers is also government spending.  According to him, if the government is generous enough to let us keep more of our money, that’s government spending.

Now, does that make sense to you?  Because it doesn’t to me.  Certainly it means less revenue for the government, but that’s different.

But they have to use tactics like this, don’t they?  Because many fiscal conservatives are pushing hard for less government spending and liberals can’t fight against that in this kind of economy unless they can show how conservatives are big spenders too, even when generally speaking that’s not the case.  So, they have to use smoke and mirrors and hopefully trick the American people into believing it.

What a way to instill trust in the people you’re supposed to be representing.

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