President Bush speaks to Congress and the nation tonight about his plans for giving us back some of the overpayment we've made to government. It will be a hard sell in our entitlement society.
Politicians don't like to let go of our money because it gives them power. That means if we get to keep more of it, we have more power over our own lives.
The founders never intended a direct tax on the people. That wasn't instituted until less than 100 years ago. Once the politicians found they could take money from the people who earned it, there was no stopping them. President Bush wants to roll back the tax rate, and he proposes reducing the escalating cost of government. He can't reduce it this year because the Clinton budget has already been approved, but he can begin slowing down growth. He wants to start cutting government's cost and size next year.
The president will need the support of everyone who believes government spends and wastes too much of our money and we deserve to keep more of it.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.