The second ranking Democrat in the House said this week that tax cuts were one option for dealing with the national debt—that’s now much of a surprise, but how he phrased it is. Here is more from The Hill:
Tax increases may be necessary to rein in $12 trillion in federal debt, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday. … Hoyer emphasized the need to reform Social Security and Medicare, but he also made it clear that raising taxes will have to be on the table.
“No one likes raising revenue, and understandably so,” Hoyer said in an address at the Brookings Institution. “But if you’re going to buy, you need to pay.”
Oh really? We bought it? I must have missed it when they gave me the option of participating in Social Security and Medicare. Not to mention health care reform, which the White House is shoving down our throats whether we want it or not. The analogy is actually doubly insulting to conservatives. Not only do we have no choice in these things—they all have the force or law, like them or not—but as conservatives, especially those of us who are younger, we actually would like to be able to go out and buy our own retirement plans and opt out of Social Security. Same goes for health insurance. When it comes to these government programs, we didn’t buy them, but we’re certainly paying for them.