Bob Novak reaches into his "Liberals-Who-Pretend-to-Be-Supply-Siders" Outrage File and chronicles presumptive House Majority Leader Tom Delay and his "no props" policy towards Congressional Budget Office director Dan Crippen. Crippen wrote a letter insinuating that the president's tax cuts would unnecessary swell deficits. ( http://www.townhall.com/columnists/robertnovak/rn20020207.shtml )
"What really enrages DeLay is [Crippen] at CBO. He was no favorite of supply-siders when he ran domestic policy as chief of staff James Baker's lieutenant in the Reagan White House. The choice to fill a CBO vacancy in 1999 was made by Senator Pete Domenici, then Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. He insisted on Crippen despite pronounced opposition from supply-siders.
"The notion that DeLay, majority whip and presumptive party floor leader, was rebelling against Bush budget plans arose two weeks ago. DeLay and House Majority Leader Dick Armey met with Daniels in St. Michaels, Md., and firmly objected to red ink projected for the next two budgets. They then traveled to Camp David to say the same to the president. Word spread back to Washington that DeLay had told Bush he could not get his budget through the House if it contained the becalmed economic stimulus bill. That's not quite accurate. DeLay's position is that he regards the second, watered-down stimulus bill passed by the House, which has been blocked in the Democratic Senate, as a bare minimum. Since that bill is not likely to pass Congress, there is no point in adding to the budget the revenue loss from tax cuts."
Other possible upcoming moves in the jockeying of the budget wars, courtesy of the The Wall Street Journal : "In addition, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced the Senate will vote to increase the debt limit to $6.7 trillion from $5.95 trillion sometime in February — another possible vehicle for Republicans to introduce stimulus tax cuts. Some Democrats also may seek to amend that bill with a trigger-like mechanism to curb future spending and tax cuts, now that the era of deficit spending has returned."
It takes a lot these days to get the Wall Street Journal editorial board to be critical of President Bush. But every so often, the president's support for one Washington-funded-and-regulated social engineering solution after another makes principled fiscal conservatives too ticked to stay quiet.
The Journal sides with Dick Armey today on AmeriCorps: "In countless speeches, George W. Bush has stressed that government and money can't solve every social problem. But he sure seems to spend a lot of money on programs that claim to do precisely that."
On the other hand, it doesn't take much these days for the same ed board to attack Tom Daschle; we wonder if anyone in the Majority Leaders office keeps all of these "Who Is Tom Daschle?" pieces tacked up to a bulletin board.
Today, they take him on for killing the stimulus bill. They make the excellent point that "President Bush was able to borrow Mr. Daschle's favorite word and say how 'disappointed' he was in the Senate action." The piece is otherwise heavy on "what ought to be" masquerading as "what is," with all sorts of assumptions about the economy (they claim to be sure that things are improving fast enough to help the GOP); and about the likelihood that Daschle and the Democrats will get the blame.