"This is not the smart approach... The taxpayers of today and tomorrow will be left to clean up the mess."
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) described the ESP as "generational theft." [link]
I will try to find Harry Reid's response during the stimulus conference between the House and the Senate on Wednesday, to similar allegations made by Republicans at the conference - it was just beautiful, and I don't like Reid all that much.
In short, and using more colorful language than Reid: Where the f*** were you the last eight years?
All together now: IRAQ WAR + BUSH TAX CUTS = GENERATIONAL THEFT. So STFU, EVERYBODY (including Democrats), unless you have better ideas than just tax cuts (which failed to stimulate the economy last year; most people saved or paid off debt.)
[And I haven't even mentioned the $70 billion PORK pushed by REPUBLICAN Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the form of the AMT patch - something the non-partisan CBO says will NOT stimulate the economy, and which has received the lowest grade of D- for stimulus effectiveness from the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institute. (via CJR)]