Politicians with convictions are a rare breed these days. That's why it was nice to see President-elect George W. Bush sticking to his guns about a tax cut. Bush downplayed the rosy predictions about the economy made by the outgoing Clinton administration.
Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer said, "Get used to it in Washington. President-elect Bush does not believe that all money belongs to the government, and the people get to keep what the government lets them. The government gets to keep what the people let the government receive. It's going to be a sea change, and (Bush) is proud to make it."
It is, indeed. Who owns the money we make was a major theme of the Bush-for-President campaign. It goes to the heart of the purpose of government and what the Constitution allows and should allow.
We have experienced many government power and money grabs without the consent of the governed. If President Bush can change that, he will have accomplished more than even Ronald Reagan.