There was a time among conservatives when tax cuts were intended to let people keep more of their money. Starve the beast and the government will necessarily do less damage. Vice President Cheney is no conservative:
“It’s time to reexamine our assumptions and to consider using more dynamic analysis to measure the true impact of tax cuts on the American economy,” Cheney said, explaining why Bush has proposed the new Treasury Department division. “The evidence is in, it’s time for everyone to admit that sensible tax cuts increase economic growth and add to the federal treasury.”
It’s useful to know that adding to the treasury is now more worthy of a public statement than adding to personal bank accounts for conservatives. Where Tom Delay pounded the last nail, Vice President Cheney is throwing roses on the coffin.