Really, enough can’t be said of the so-called “Gang of Six” Senate megalomaniacs “centrists” who support “slowing” down health care reform out of fiscal concerns, yet don’t support measures that would control costs. As Paul Krugman argues:
And let’s not forget that Ben Nelson, who appears to be the ringleader, has fought tooth and nail against competition from a public option — which would almost certainly save a significant amount of money, as well as providing much-needed competition.
Indeed, and what’s more, it’s especially hypocritical because Ben Nelson’s steadfast defense of financial responsibility is a relatively new phenomenon. Here’s a smattering of votes on tax policy, courtesy of On The Issues.
- Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
- Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
- Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
- Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
- Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
- Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
Curiously, On the Issues doesn’t list Nelson’s “yea” vote on the Bush tax cut, which the CBO projected to increase the decifit by 2.75 trillion over 10 years. It’s a big number, so let me repeat that: Nelson — sound fiduciary — voted yes on a measure the CBO projected to ravage the deficit by $2.75 trillion. Say what you will about current legislative proposal’s inability to “bend the curve” (more on that later), they will all at least be deficit neutral. That means they will not contribute to a growing deficit.