Here's an innovative way to use the legislative process to prove a point. On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) will force a vote in the House on the proposition that the Bush tax cuts blew up the budget.
"When the Republicans passed the Bush Tax Cuts, they told us that they would pay for themselves," Peters said in an official statement. "We now know that this added over $2 trillion to the deficit and by forcing an up or down vote on this amendment, I'm giving House Republicans the opportunity to recognize this fact."
This is widely accepted by economists and budget experts. But for ideological reasons many Republicans can't bring themselves to admit it. The outcome of the vote will illustrate how deep the denial runs.