The Government Isn't Spending Nearly Enough
If you want to know why House Democrats lost 63 seats in the 2010 elections -- the largest political defeat since 1938 -- look no further than the budget put forward this week by the 83-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Perhaps unsatisfied with the title they used last year -- "The People's Budget" -- the CPC calls this one the "Budget for All." It raises taxes to levels never seen before -- not even during World War II -- guts defense spending and splurges on a number of liberal priorities.
Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn., released the document Tuesday, indicating that they composed it after "listening to the American people and reflecting their values." They should have listened a bit harder. At a time when Americans tell Gallup they think the federal government wastes 51 cents of every dollar it spends, the CPC budget puts that spending on steroids.