I love this part:
- "This week, Congress will vote to extend tax relief that creates jobs. If tax relief is allowed to expire, a family of four making $60,000 today will see its Federal income taxes eventually go up by more than 50 percent. Hiking taxes on America's families and small businesses would destroy jobs. The worst thing that we can do at this time of the year is play Scrooge and hike taxes on American families like some Democrats are suggesting."
The second sentence is a mischaracterization (typical Hastert-speak, when he's not saying a lot without saying anything at all).
The last sentence would be true if it were, well, reality.
No Democrat is suggesting increasing taxes on "American families."
No Democrat is suggesting that taxes should increase on any family of four earning $60,000.
What Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert says elsewhere in the prepared statement is that Congress is prepared to make permanent the tax cuts for the rich that justify the means for an ugly Fristy-Hastert pact to slash meaningful social programs.
And all before Christmas.