Bush's tax cut plan makes
him The Man
Richard W. Whitrock
As any respectable college student knows,
the staple of the learning man's diet is ramen noodles. Not only are they
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
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
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,
my mind was on thanking President George
W. Bush while everyone else seemed content to blame him for it. Fine by
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
As any economics flunky with the I.Q. of
bean squash can tell you, a "surplus" occurs when the government has collected
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
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,
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,
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
another tool to fight recession. This,
by any definition, should qualify him as a great president, and a better