Sunday, January 18, 2004

Fiscal Conservatism is Dead 

This is old news. This is apparently a quote from a Gephardt ad:

"And, did you know Howard Dean supported cutting Social Security retirement benefits to balance the budget?"

What surprises me about this is the reference to balancing the budget. Why not just say, "Dean supported cutting Social Security retirement benefits" and end it there? Apparently, operating on a balanced budget is now so low a priority that a candidate can be attacked for attempting to do it.

Also, and this is something fun to recall, remember when Republicans tried to get a balanced budget amendment passed in 1994? What happened in the past 10 years (and wow it makes me feel old to realize the '94 elections and the Contract With America were 10 years ago) that caused the Republicans to simply stop caring about spending within the country's means?
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