James Carville Brandishes Catholic Credentials

Time’s Margaret Carlson in Panic About Tax Cuts

The federal government spends over $2 trillion every year and is projected to continue hiking spending by more than the inflation rate, but Time’s Margaret Carlson still bizarrely maintains that in ten years, because of the tax cut, “there’s not going to be money to pay for basic services.”

On Saturday’s Capital Gang on CNN guest panelist Jack Kemp reminded the panel how “last week I watched her and she said ‘oh, this is the end of government as we know it.’” Indeed, that was the “Howler of the Weekend” last week as Carlson claimed that because of the tax cut “government is going to end as we know it….Government will be drastically reduced.”

On the May 26 show Carlson defended herself: “What we don’t know yet is which parts of government will suffer most. The only parts that Bob Novak, or perhaps you Jack, would care about is like air traffic control or beach erosion, but if air traffic control doesn’t grow over the next ten years-”

Kemp: “What’s that have to do with tax cuts?”

Carlson: “But there’s no money, there’s going to be no money.”

Kemp: “There’s a $6 trillion surplus!”

Carlson: “In ten years, when the bill comes due, there’s not going to be money to pay for basic services. We don’t know where it’s going to come from.”

It may come as a surprise to learn that Democratic Strategist and former Clinton advisor James Carville is an avowed Catholic.

On Sunday's Meet the Press, the notoriously partisan left-wing abortion advocate, in a debate about Sen. James Jeffords' party switch with former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour and moderator Tim Russert, suddenly revealed that he is a Catholic. Following is an excerpt from the show:

MR. RUSSERT: But to my point, Senator Hagel, loyal Republican, saying this is a problem, a crack in the presidency. John McCain saying grow up. Lincoln Chafee saying that the president hasn’t said two things to him other than “Nice to see you,” and that’s been it. Are you concerned that John McCain and Lincoln Chafee may bolt the Republican Party?

MR. BARBOUR: Well, I’m really not. I have no belief that they will. There’s been — a long, long time, people have known the pressure that was on Jeffords. The personal pressure was on him. He has never changed parties. I never expected him to change parties, but the circumstances did change for him now, because for the first time, we had a 50-50 Senate where somebody changing parties made a difference in control. I mean, Dick Shelby from Alabama, Ben Campbell from Colorado, when they changed parties from Democrat to Republican when I was chairman, it didn’t change the majority in the Senate. This is very different in that regard.

MR. CARVILLE: You know, Mr. Russert, I want to say this, you know, I’m a Marine and a Catholic. We’ve got one pope, we’ve got one commandant. This man changed parties because he disagreed with the extreme nature of President Bush’s policies. You know, the staff didn’t lose Senator Jeffords. They didn’t do this and that. This is a fundamental policy disagreement. And people in Washington have to get used to that. There’s some deep policy disagreements here.

By that same reasoning Mr. Carville should have long ago left the Catholic Church on principle because of Pope John Paul II's resolute pro-life leadership. Perhaps he has and is just troubled by President Bush's high-profile Catholic agenda, so that after a decade in the political bunker with the most hardened of anti-Catholic forces he suddenly feels the need to emerge as the “loyal Catholic.”

(Carlson report courtesy of the Media Research Center.)

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