Voting against her personal interests in the process:
“It is time for Congress to tighten its belt, like American families must do daily,” Hagan said. “Every year Democrats and Republicans make empty promises about bringing down our deficit, and it's time we started putting our money where our mouth is,” Hagan said in a statement.
“While the bill includes provisions that I support,” Hagan said, “I could not vote in favor of a bill that would give tax cuts to people making over $1 million a year and add $858 billion to our national deficit.”
This should make two things abundantly clear: a) She didn't go to Washington with the goal of enriching herself or her family, and b) Her campaign promises (deficit reduction being one) were neither idle nor transitory, they were true reflections of intent.
This reminds me of a dinner conversation I had a few days ago with an aunt/uncle, whose intelligence is beyond question on most things. They're both well-educated professionals, and a lot smarter than me (no great accomplishment). But when my uncle made a comment about how the deficit/debt was the most dangerous element facing our country at this time, and the cost of those being transferred onto the shoulders of future generations was a travesty, I responded:
So I guess you would be in support of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire so we could begin reducing those deficits?
They both recoiled in horror at the prospect, and assured me with much vehemence that their tax burden was already too great.
While that is understandable, it's also a disconnect. The debt is a burden, but very few Americans are prepared to take personal responsibility for that burden. They wail about their grandkids having to shoulder it, but they don't want to take some of that onto their own shoulders.
As an economic engine, the Bush tax cuts have failed miserably. But they were never meant to be an economic engine, were they? No. They were designed exclusively to feed the ever-growing selfishness of the monied elite in this country, who have demonstrated time and again that long-term economic and social health are not even on their radar.
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