Both houses of Congress endorsed the idea of tax increases for millions of Americans Thursday as Democrats pressed ahead with budget plans that would allow some or all of President Bush's reductions to die after he leaves office . . .
As for the $3 trillion federal budget plans, the House version would provide generous increases to domestic programs but bring the government's ledger back into the black by letting all of Bush's tax cuts expire at the end of 2010 as scheduled. That five-year plan passed the House on a 212-207 vote, with Republicans unanimously opposing it over what they argued was $683 billion in tax increases.
It is worth observing that Indiana's other Democratic members, including Reps. Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill, voted with the Republicans unlike Carson. Congressional Democrats, who had played with an idea touted by Republican Jon Elrod of ending congressional budget earmarks for a period of one year, caved into special interests and killed the plan.
Meanwhile, Carson is getting to participate in an extremely rare closed session of the House of Representatives tonight to discuss proposed surveillance legislation which could impact the nation's ability to combat terrorism. Just weeks ago, candidate Carson came to Washington to hold a fundraiser at CAIR, a radical Islamic group our own government has tied to terrorists and collected tens of thousand of dollars from the group's members. Carson later returned at least one contribution from a questionable person who attended the fundraiser. Carson had boasted during the campaign that he was an expert on homeland security because he had done a 7-month stint as a watch officer at the Fusion Center within the state of Indiana's Homeland Security department.