Thursday, February 26, 2009

Democrat Proposes Tax and Spending Increase.........This is News?

Lots of freaking out on right wing blogs today over Obama's proposed tax and spending increases. I'm sorry, did I miss something during the campaign? Was there some speech I didn't hear in which he argued for cutting the size of government and reducing taxes? He was elected to do this; he said he was going to do this; now he's doing it. You don't have to like it, or the amounts, but this is hardly surprising.

And let's face it - it's not like Republicans have any leg to stand on after 8 years of the biggest spending president in history. So please, save me the histrionics.

In two related thoughts I have yet to see any constructive conservative/libertarian response to this health care stuff. There's lots of screaming about "big government" which I predicted. But I continue to search for the alternative right-wing plan on health care. I'd be grateful to any reader who can point me/us to that proposal.

Secondly, in the spirit of full disclosure, the Fundhousehold is not directly affected by the proposed increases, although we will of course be indirectly affected like everyone in ways we simply cannot predict.


  1. Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute tends to do a pretty good job with the health care stuff...obviously she rails against the big government "solutions", but she does this in a thoughtful and well-explained manner and tends to follow with policy prescriptions that could actually be implemented--in other words, she doesn't just provide the wistful fairy tales that are often posed by many libertarians.

  2. Whoops...I meant to include the link to the Galen Institute in my comment: