Barack Obama has been the president and Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress for the last 18 months. Purely by coincidence, it's the same amount of time that Republicans have expressed a newfound concern for our nation's financial stability.

Barack Obama has been the president and Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress for the last 18 months. Purely by coincidence, it's the same amount of time that Republicans have expressed a newfound concern for our nation's financial stability.

Well, there's good news for concerned Republicans. CNN's Fareed Zakaria says if George Bush's massive tax cuts were to expire, the budget deficit would shrink by 30 percent, or more than $300 billion.

As luck would have it, the Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010 - the very year Republicans have expressed concern about deficit reduction. I love it when a plan comes together.

But wait! Sen. John McCain is actually asking legislators to extend the tax cuts.

Does he not realize that the tax cuts strengthen the deficit monster that's going to eat our babies? I'm not exactly sure how Republicans can argue this, but I'm sure they have an explanation.

"Government spending increase is very different than whether or not we allow the American people to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars," said Mike Pence, R-Indiana.

So what you're saying is that money the government gets is very different from money the government spends. OK, but you're for deficit reduction, and I believe the deficit's opinion on that issue can be best summed up by "Goodfellas."

Business is bad , f--- you, pay me! Oh, you had a fire , f--- you, pay me! Your place got hit by lightning , f--- you, pay me!

See, the deficit doesn't care where the money comes from. Let's see what House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, thinks is the answer.

"The only way we're going to get our economy going again, and solve our budget problems, is to get the economy moving," Boehner said.

The only way to get our economy going is to get it moving?! That's either the most profound or most ridiculous statement I ever heard. Actually, it is the most profoundly ridiculous statement I've ever heard.

So, lack of specificity is just one part of the Republicans' economic plan? To find the philosophical underpinnings, we go to one of the brains of the operation.

"The job-killing nature of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi team is the first big challenge we're faced with as a country," said Newt Gingrich. "Part of it is because they don't know and part of it is, frankly, they're socialist and they don't care."

So to return the tax rates for any household making over $250,000 to what they were under President Clinton - and still lower than almost every year under Ronald Reagan - is an active socialist plot to ruin the economy. And we all know there's only one way to counter a socialist plot.

"Do you want to create jobs as rapidly as China? The Chinese pay zero capital gains tax. If we had zero capital gains tax in the United States, we'd be building factories, creating jobs - we'd be dramatically better off," Gingrich said.

That's right, the Republican plan to fight socialism calls for us to become communists.