With Elections Around The Corner, Some Dems Call For Spending Cuts
September 9, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
For months, Democrats have been accusing Tea Party candidates who won GOP nominations for moderating their anti-debt, anti-big government message and shifting to the center. However, there is now evidence that some Democratic candidates are doing the same.
As polls increasingly show falling popular support for Democrats’ handling of the economy, some members who are up for re-election this November are now calling for curbing government spending, even as President Obama promised billions in new funding for infrastructure projects.
For example, Senate candidate Paul Hodes from New Hampshire was quoted as saying that both the GOP and the Democrats have "willfully spent with no regard for our nation’s debt" for too long.
There are also signs that some Dems may be shifting on one of the hottest issues of the current election season, namely the idea that tax breaks for the rich should be allowed to expire.
The Obama administration has expressed a desire to let the Bush-era cuts expire, but Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) recently went on record as saying that now was "no time to do anything that could be jarring to a fragile recovery," quoted by The Associated Press.
However, he added that the United States couldn’t afford to make these cuts permanent and the government could revisit the idea when economic growth firmly takes hold.