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Thursday, January 23, 2003

One of Yours?

Zell Miller, ostensible Democratic Senator from Georgia and evidently a fresh graduate of "How To Win Friends and Influence People", presents his budget ideas in the WSJ.

It's a bit of a struggle to find the most incendiary quote. His theme is that he loves tax cuts, but spending cuts are even better. Here are a few entries:

-- "There's no one on this Hill or in this country who likes tax cuts more than I do. I've never seen one too big for me to swallow without water. I'd even be willing to pass both the president's plan and the Democrats' plan -- as long as we were willing to cut federal spending at the same time. I just firmly believe that government takes too much from our taxpayers -- big and little alike."

-- "There's a whole herd of sacred cows grazing in the lush green pastures of the federal government. Even though many of them quit giving milk long ago, we still fund them. I say take 'em out and shoot 'em."

-- "It's no secret that I like this president. He's the right man and I want to support him."

-- "We now have the biggest, most expensive federal government in history. Federal employees are thicker than maggots on a rotting carcass."

-- "So, we need that tax-cutting Texan to also become a budget-cutting president. We need more members of Congress to decide that now is the time to cut taxes and at the same time tighten our belt. It's simple: Collect fewer dollars; spend fewer dollars. In the '80s and '90s, we "drank that free bubble up and ate that rainbow stew," as Merle Haggard sings. Now, it's time to go on a diet."

Well, he is throwing in the towel anyway.

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