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GOP whining about its 'agenda'


from PageOneQ

“How do you do tax cuts when your budget is straining to save lives?”
— Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla-homo-bashing gayboy), who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which plans a boatload of tax and spending cuts

Playing the tiny violin for these jokers. If any of these Repug fools want to get re-elected, they are going to have to come up with some fanciful talking points about where all the money is going to come from to pay for Katrina and Iraq plus the rest of the pork-laden crap they passed. (WaPo):

Republican leaders intended to return to work with a dream agenda for small-government conservatives: permanent repeal of the estate tax, an extension of deep cuts to capital gains and dividend taxes, the first entitlement spending cuts in nearly a decade, and the advent of private investment accounts for Social Security.

But Congress and the White House are on the spot to respond to Hurricane Katrina’s historic Gulf Coast destruction and skyrocketing gasoline prices, and the leadership is feeling pressure to set aside or jettison parts of that well-laid agenda.

The federal budget already is stretched by spending on the war in Iraq and a nearly $11 billion emergency hurricane relief package that was rushed through Congress late this week. GOP leaders will have to justify additional tax relief for upper-income people at a time of civil and economic crisis.

…The Ways and Means Committee on which Foley serves had been set to pass a package of tax cuts and spending cuts by the end of September, followed by broad, controversial Social Security legislation. Katrina “is going to have a tremendous impact,” he added.

…Marshall Wittmann, a former Republican political strategist now with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, said the GOP agenda looks like “political suicide.” “The entire fiscal landscape has been transformed in the last week,” Wittmann said. “The entire Republican agenda of tax cuts, Social Security reform and big spending on pet Republican projects is over. Events do eventually have an impact on Capitol Hill.”

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