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For The Common Good

Everyone’s having so much fun with Hillary’s statement: “Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

Isn’t this a classic example of the Washington gaffe, where someone accidentally tells the truth? I mean if Hillary Clinton’s honest, what else is she going to say? Liberals believe as a matter of pride and principle that rich people should give more of their money “for the common good.” That’s the nature of the economic debate between liberals and conservatives — how much of our money they’re going to take for what they describe as the common good. I am offended by her formulation that the money is the government’s “to give” and a bit baffled by what she could mean by “back on track.” But Hillary was simply being honest about what she sees as the proper role of government. I wish more liberals were willing to say the obvious truth.

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