This has to be one of the most idiotic things I have read in ages. Shouldn't be shocking, coming from a former Bush writer:
Barring a last-minute breakthrough, taxes will go up for every U.S. taxpayer on Jan. 1 — and that’s a development conservatives should welcome.
Don’t get me wrong: It would be better not to raise taxes on anyone, pursue pro-growth tax reform and cut the size of government instead. But that’s not what the American people voted to do last month. Americans cast their ballots for big government.
Now it’s time to pay for it.
Until now, the growth of government under President Obama has not hit the pocketbooks of most Americans. During Obama’s first term, federal spending grew to more than 24 percent of GDP — the highest it has been since 1946. Yet almost no one in the country (except smokers and those who frequent indoor tanning salons) saw their taxes rise. Quite the opposite: 160 million Americans saw their payroll taxes reduced from 6.2 to 4.2 percent.
This is another example of Republicans thinking that the people are a bunch of idiots. If anyone could pick one thing they knew that Obama stood for it was raising taxes on the rich. It was one of the clearest points he made during the election.
But how about the growth of government under George Bush, Marc Thiesen's former boss? Let's look at it in graph form: