James Taranto | Get ready for higher taxes and no spending reform

"Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign–a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate."

Yeah, well, shut up, you Republican losers. Obama won, which means a majority of Americans support his policies. Stop being obstructionist and get with the program.

Oh wait, sorry. That quote wasn’t from a Republican but from a recently elected Democrat. It was referring not to Obama but to George W. Bush after the 2004 election. The author: Barack Obama, junior senator from Illinois. The book: "The Audacity of Hope."

In the following paragraph, Sen. Obama goes on to complain about antitax activist Grover Norquist, who was "unconstrained by the decorum of public office." On Tuesday, as PBS’s "NewsHour" reports, President Obama met with a group of similarly unconstrained "leaders of labor and liberal groups" at the White House to discuss economic policy.

Dennis Van Roekel, president of the teachers union that styles itself the National Education Association, told the network: "I brought the message that, number one, it’s important that we let the Bush tax cuts disappear for the wealthiest 2%. As we’re looking for a $1.2 trillion solution, $829 billion takes us a long way there."

Do you see the problem here? The annual budget deficit has been running at around $1.2 trillion. (The Hill reports the deficit for October alone was $120 billion.) Raising taxes on "the wealthiest 2%," it is estimated, would increase government revenues $829 billion over a decade. When Van Roekel says the tax hike "takes us a long way there," he’s off by an order of magnitude.


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