Such a group doesn't really exist, of course (well, they haven't incorporated, the last time I checked), but you could come up with your own membership list pretty easily. Take every Democrat in the U.S. House and Senate, remove the names on this "whip list" put together by The Hill newspaper of Democrats who formally have stated they would support extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts, and you'd have Democrats who are supporting a tax increase at the end of 2010.
As of now, of the 35 lawmakers on the list (31 House members, four senators), the only member of the state's congressional delegation who has said he'd back extending all the tax cuts is 7th District Rep. Mike McIntyre.
All the others — Reps. G.K. Butterfield (1st); Bob Etheridge (2nd); David Price (4th); Larry Kissell (8th); Heath Shuler (11th); Brad Miller (13th); and Sen. Kay Hagan — have been silent or said some of the tax cuts should expire.
Thomas Sowell's latest Human Eventscolumn explains why "liberals" and "conservatives" are mislabeled:
Most of us would probably regard the current administration in
Washington-- both the White House and the Congress-- as "liberal," even
though the word "progressive" may be more in vogue.
Does the sweeping legislation empowering federal officials to tell
doctors, patients, hospitals, and insurance companies what to do, when
it comes to medical care, sound like leaving individuals the maximum
space to live their lives as they choose?
Communities that have had overwhelmingly liberal elected officials
for decades abound in nanny state regulations, micro-managing everything
from home-building to garbage collection. San Francisco is a classic
example. Among its innumerable micro-managing laws is one recently
passed requiring that gas stations must remove the little levers that
allow motorists to pump gas into their cars without having to hold the
Liberals are usually willing to let people violate the traditional
standards of the larger society but crack down on those who dare to
violate liberals' own notions and fetishes.
As for conservatism, it has no specific political meaning, because
everything depends on what you are trying to conserve. In the last days
of the Soviet Union, those who were trying to maintain the Communist
system were widely-- and correctly-- described as "conservatives,"
though they had nothing in common with such conservatives as William F.
Buckley or Milton Friedman.
Professor Friedman for years fought a losing battle against being
labeled a conservative. He considered himself a liberal in the original
sense of the word and wrote a book titled "The Tyranny of the Status
Quo." Friedman proposed radical changes in things ranging from the
public schools to the Federal Reserve System.
But he is remembered today as one of the great conservatives of our
time. Great, yes. But conservative? It depends on what you mean by
The Cato Institute's Chris Edwards passes along the following information:
First, you might have seen a full-page ad (PDF link) in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, or other major paper "asking policymakers to get on with the crucial business of cutting federal spending."
Meanwhile, Cato has expanded its DownsizingGovernment.org website, which details spending cuts in every federal department. The latest addition is Health and Human Services, "the largest and most bloated of all federal departments, operating more than 400 subsidy programs."
[Raleigh Mayor Charles] Meeker, a harsh critic of the new school board majority that is implementing the changes, lashed into them at Monday’s meeting.
“We have people who are not from the area, who don't share our values, who are the majority on the school board who are taking steps to have schools that have the majority of well to do people in one set of schools and not as well to do people in another set of schools,” Meeker said Monday.
Massachusetts educational consultant Michael Alves, who studied Wake County's assignment system earlier this year, will develop an assignment plan based on student achievement, proximity, choice and stability at the request of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership, officials announced today.
Mayor Meeker aside, welcome back to Raleigh, Mr. Alves. I look forward to examining your ideas.