Maybe Santyana looked into the past to predict the future. Maybe he read that
. . . in the twenty-nice years since the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Americans had already risen in revolt three times, and on each occasion over taxation (A Darn Good History of the United States, 161).
Maybe Congress and the President should read a little history.
How do these guys manage to run a campaign, let alone the country, with their foot always planted firmly in their mouths? First, second, third, and fourth (etc.) it was Coakley, now it’s Van Hollen’s turn. Hollen, chairman of he Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had this to say about how the Republicans shouldn’t be handed the keys to the Cadillac, er, I mean, the House, just after he said that it was “pure hallucination” to think that Scott Brown might beat Martha Coakley in the contest to see who will succeed Teddy Kennedy as the new senator from Massachusettes:
“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?” Van Hollen said. “For the Republicans to say vote for us and bring back the guys who got us into this mess in the first place, I don’t think it’s a winner.”
Okay, so Chappaquiddick isn’t a ditch.
Last night my wife and I were watching the talking heads–can’t remember who–and someone quoted someone else about how we need to raise taxes to pay for the war in Afghanistan, and my wife says, and I quote (loosely):
I am so sick of this! How dare they! Why should they raise taxes on us to pay for the one thing that our Constitution very clearly says our government is supposed to do? The tax revenue they already have should pay for the common defense first. So cut other programs if you have to, but don’t tell me you have to raise my already-high taxes to do the one thing the Constitution says our government is supposed to do.
Hard to argue with that, especially if the person saying it is a babe–my wife.