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Ann Coulter: Discreetly Sensible!

Mickey Kaus Columnist

More evidence for my contention that Ann Coulter is really quite sensible if you don’t provoke her with liberal BS.: Here is a passage from her recent column on taxes and spending:

As Reagan explains a little farther in his autobiography: He did accept tax hikes “in return for [the Democrats’] agreement to cut spending by $280 billion,” but, Reagan continues, “the Democrats reneged on their pledge and we never got those cuts.” Maybe that’s why Republicans won’t agree to raise taxes in exchange for Democratic promises to cut spending.

For Americans who are unaware of the Democrats’ history of repeatedly reneging on their promises to cut spending in return for tax hikes, the Republicans’ opposition to tax increases does seem crazy. That’s why Republicans need to remind them. [E.A]

My translation: Tax increases aren’t unthinkable in themselves. If we could get a deal that actually guaranteed spending cuts and also included tax increases–maybe because the spending cuts had to happen first–Coulter would take it. … 

P.S.: The dirtly little secret, of course, is that you can’t count on Republican congresspeople to actually implement spending cuts either, given the power of government-dependent lobbies (including both contractors and aid recipients). …

P.P.S.: Too bad Frum is soaking up all the Strange New Respect at the moment. …