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It depends on what you mean by “everything”

New York magazine reports on a story in the Wall Street Journal (which is unfortunately protected behind a pay-wall).

Republican Congressman Doug Collins states that “Congress should do everything in its power to tackle deficits.” Except that deficits are, by definition, the difference between revenue and spending, so a reporter asks him whether Republicans should therefore consider increases in revenue in order to reduce deficits.

His answer would not surprise anyone who has seen Republicans reject even bills that offer a ten-to-one ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases. Or watched as Republicans under Dubya pushed through Medicare Part D, which increased spending dramatically. Or started a stupid war in Iraq.

I guess “everything in its power” means nothing.