Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Truth

Michael Kinsley is credited with saying that a gaffe in Washington is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. Using that criteria, we have a lovely gaffe from my junior Senator on the floor of the Senate.



A tax cut is non-targeted. If you put a tax cut in the hands of either a business or an individual today, there is no guarantee they're going to invest their money. There is no guarantee they're going to invest their money in the United States. They're free to go to invest anywhere they want if they choose to invest.
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The fact is none of those people are guaranteed to invest that money in any of the new projects that we are.
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So Government. Yes, Government has the ability to be able to make a decision that the private sector won't necessarily make today.

Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry

There it is. The Democratic philosophy at its core, spelled out by the last Democratic standard bearer. You can't keep your money - you might not spend it the right way. We'll spend your money better than you will.

H/T: Mark Hemingway

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