E.J. Dionne is about as an inside-the-beltway, old-school Washington DC insider as it gets. And he can’t stands it no more!!
His latest column is about taxes, and the points he makes are all too obvious:
David Cameron recently offered a rather brutal budget that includes severe cutbacks. I have doubts about some of them, but at least Cameron cared enough about reducing his country’s deficit that alongside the cuts, he also proposed an increase in the value-added tax from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. Imagine: a fiscal conservative who really is a fiscal conservative.
That could never happen here because the fairy tale of supply-side economics insists that taxes are always too high, especially on the rich.
This is why Democrats will be fools if they don’t try to turn the Republicans’ refusal to raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000 a year into an election issue. If Democrats go into a headlong retreat on this, they will have no standing to govern.
Nice. And Dionne points out the sheer insanity of the Senate’s filibuster rule.
When our republic was created, the population ratio between the largest and smallest state was 13-to-1. Now, it’s 68-to-1. Because of the abuse of the filibuster, 41 senators representing less than 11 percent of the nation’s population can block action supported by 59 senators representing more than 89 percent of our population. And you wonder why it’s so hard to get anything done in Washington?