OTHER THAN TAX CUTS, PENCE WANTS TAX CUTS…. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) chatted with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren this week, leading to an interesting exchange.

Van Susteren wanted to get a sense of what Americans could expect from Pence’s Republican Party, other than “the usual,” when it comes to the economy. She noted that Republicans obviously support Bush-era tax rates, but wondered, other than that, what else Pence might push to improve the economy. He replied:

“Yes, look, the enemy of our prosperity is uncertainty … the greatest uncertainty right now is — and you just heard — you heard the Vice President again kind of defend it in passing, their tax cuts — their tax increases on the rich — is this administration actually thinks that it would be a good idea to allow a tax increase on job creators on January 1st, 2011. You know, higher taxes never got anybody hired.”

So, asked what the GOP supports in terms of economic policy, other than Bush’s tax policy, the chairman of the House Republican Conference responds by reiterating his support for Bush’s tax policy (which, by the way, failed miserably to produce the predicted economic nirvana).

It’s as if someone bought an ipod, uploaded one song, and hit “shuffle.”

Ben Armbruster added, “Given that Pence has been asked repeatedly for new ideas on the economy — and hasn’t been able to offer any — one would imagine that he could think of something other than “tax cuts,” but apparently not.

Remember, Republicans tend to consider Pence one of their sharpest, most important leaders. Seriously.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.