I watched the youtube posted in another thread where Mr. Hartmann criticized Jude Wanniski. He said something to the effect that Democrats give away welfare and Republicans give away tax cuts. Putting aside that Republicans have increased taxes numerous times either directly or by running deficits that must be payed for by future tax increases or inflation. (Inflation is a hidden tax that transfers wealth from the poor and middle class to the politically connected wealthy. Yet progressives don't seem to have a problem with that awful creation from the Progressive Era, the Federal Reserve System). Anyway, getting back to my point. How is cutting taxes a gift? How is keeping your own money a giveaway? How is it equivalent to welfare? There is only one way in which tax cuts can be viewed this way. That is if you believe that the government "owns" 100% of what you earn and letting you keep some is some kind of cost to government.
Where did this myth that Republicans want to starve the beast come from? Cutting tax rates while increasing spending is not starving the beast. Saying you want to starve the beast is not the same thing as actually starving the beast. Or do progressives now take conservatives and Republicans at their word every time! Anyone who claims to be a conservative and for limited government, yet speaks highly of that New Deal Democrat (with an R next to his name) Ronald Reagan isn't being honest with you. Reagan (and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress) increased government spending 60% nomimally in the 80's. They quadrupled the national debt. They increase taxes. I know it's hard to believe but when conservatives say Reagan cut the government and liberals say Reagan cut the government, THEY ARE LYING TO YOU.