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  • Rules of the House

    by Representative Lloyd Doggett

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    DOGGETT. Mr. Speaker, to those who have wondered, what would be the top priority of this Republican-controlled Congress? What would they do on day one? Well, now we know. It is deception, what some could even rightly call tax fraud, since this amounts to deliberate misrepresentation of tax data.



    Republicans are admitting right here on day one that they don't know how to balance the budget. When the budget numbers will not add up, when the arithmetic just doesn't work for them, they change the numbers with magical new math. Where the books won't balance with the numbers that you have got, Republicans say, ``Use the numbers you would like to have.'' All their previous talk about budget discipline and balancing budgets was really about trying to dismantle Democratic efforts to provide an opportunity ladder up for all Americans, to assure dignity in retirement, and to protect families from the risk of illness--that ladder of security and protection that many Republicans were never for in the first place.

    Now, to free themselves from the hard work of responsible, balanced budgets, Republicans are compelling the House for the first time in American history to rely upon something they call ``dynamic scoring''-- That is just a euphemism for whimsy, speculation, and wishful thinking--the thin veneer for a failed political ideology.

    One leading Republican expert, former Senate budget staff director Bill Hoagland, has said that instead of this scoring gimmick that they are using today, he would ``rather [they] just simply belly up to the bar'' and ``admit up front that they can't lower rates without adding to the deficit.'' {time} 1600 Today's actions remind me of a riddle some attribute to President Abraham Lincoln: ``How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.'' And calling a budget ``balanced'' when it doesn't have adequate revenue does not make it so.

    Passing a budget requires hard work. Republicans would rather use a sleight of hand than offer a helping hand from all to get the job done. Vote no.

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