Friday, August 31, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 8



Bush's tax cut plan makes him The Man

Richard W. Whitrock
Guest Columnist

As any respectable college student knows, the staple of the learning man's diet is ramen noodles. Not only are they nutritious and
pleasantly tasty, they are unbelievably cheap (which, in this writer's opinion, usually causes food to taste at least twice as good).

So it came as no surprise to the cashier of my local supermarket when I walked up with two basketfuls of every ramen noodle flavor
known to man. Everything from pork to chili was wiped from its shelf and placed not so neatly into my basket, later to be consumed
for the ultimate brain food it is.

After shaking my fist at the heavens for having to pay more than five cents for approximately 400 packs of ramen noodles, I handed
the cashier my money. Unfortunately, in my haste at cursing inflation and the many other conspiracies to rob me of my hard-earned
penny, I committed the Ultimate College Student Sin and overpaid the man. I actually started walking out having totally forgotten to
get my change.

About this time the cashier called to me and said, "You forgot your change, sir." After turning red and trying to play it off, I thanked the
man and hurriedly walked out of the store. On my way out, the thought occurred to me that this man would make a great Republican,
and perhaps even a great president. Yes, I said a great president.

This whole episode happened during the recent media circus about the United States not having a $70 trillion surplus, so naturally
my mind was on thanking President George W. Bush while everyone else seemed content to blame him for it. Fine by me. He
should have his monument started early and his face carved now on Mount Rushmore in gratitude.

You see, the surplus is not the government's money. It never was. So the fact that we have a smaller surplus because of tax cuts
means the government has taken less of our money. Every dime the government has is tax money, and taxes come from us.

As any economics flunky with the I.Q. of bean squash can tell you, a "surplus" occurs when the government has collected more
money than it has spent. In addition to meaning the government has extra money, it also means we haven't overspent. This is known
as a good thing.

However, an even better thing is that a man as powerful as Bush has recognized that the good people of America have overpaid
him, and he has the honor to give them their change. It is hardly an offense worthy of the lynch mob that liberal Democrats wish to
release upon him.

Why, when the economy has slowed down and people have begun to pinch their pennies (or in my case, penny) again, do people
insist on trying to tear down the one honest man who tries to give them more of their own pennies to pinch?

It goes without saying that had President Bill Clinton decided to do the same thing, the media would have hailed him as the savior of
the free world and the working man's own personal angel. I can see the headlines now: "Politician Grows Conscience, World

Sadly enough, however, Clinton would not have done that. Nor would any other liberal politician, simply because they do not
understand that the government's money is not theirs. Further, they refuse to realize that by giving the people more of their money
back the people now have more money to spend. Spending money, surprisingly, is good for the economy.

So not only has Bush done the honest thing in finding the taxpayer who walked away without his change, he has also given us
another tool to fight recession. This, by any definition, should qualify him as a great president, and a better man.

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