Friday, December 10, 2010

Hugh Hewitt getting company

When the so called compromise on the Bush tax cuts was brought out by president Obama and the GOP senate leaders, Hugh Hewitt was the first and seemed like the only political pundit who voiced concern over the 'bill' which has yet to be seen and the way the GOP moved to compromise [seemingly to totally abandon from the get go their Pledge to America].    Hugh, who is no right wing extremist, in fact he labels himself a right to center right person, seemed to be a lone wolf in his opposition. The great conservative guests he has on his show [like Jim Geraghty, Guy Benson, James Lileks, Fred Barnes, etc.] all thought this was the best deal the GOP and conservatives could get and they support the bill. 
But in less than a week you have more and more conservative pundits seeming to fall on Hugh's side.  First Rick Santorum said on Greta Van Susteren that he wouldn't mind if the deal fell thru and that the GOP could get a better deal when they take over congress in January. Now you have Rush Limbaugh saying today he hoped  this deal would fail, and Sean Hannity has come around to say the GOP should stand strong against it.
Now this from the Heritage foundation from  heritage.org:
"The deal originally cut by Republicans had some good economic policy in it, but it also had a lot of harmful provisions. The temporary two-year nature of the arrangement did not provide the long-term certainty that businesses need to make long-term investment plans that create substantial economic growth and jobs. Allowing the death tax to return, even at a lower rate, did not give small businesses the relief that a permanent repeal would provide. Finally, the original deal provided a costly $57 billion 13-month extension of unemployment benefits that was not paid for. This extraneous spending should have been stripped out of what should be a clean tax bill; instead, the left is only adding more spending and subsidies into it."

I predict more and more pundits will come around and join Hugh in opposition to the so called deal.
Remember when Rush was about the only voice conservatives had, the saying from conservatives was frequently: Rush was right!    Well I think we may well be saying in this situation: Hugh was right!

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