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Dereliction of Duty

Congressional Democrats skip passing a budget—and hope no one notices.

Jun 28, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 39 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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When Republicans cut taxes in 2003, Democrats accused them of trying to limit the size of government by depriving it of the revenues it needs to grow. Ryan says this was half right. The tax cuts were primarily meant to generate immediate economic growth, but Republicans indeed hoped that down the road they would “starve the beast.”

Democrats, says Ryan, now want to “stuff the beast.” “When debt and deficits get so out of control, they’ll need to come up with a way to address the problem.”

The Democratic strategy: Create a crisis so that they have to create a solution.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

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