Being just weeks away from reaching our debt ceiling and with frightening talk about a fiscal cliff, there´s much sympathy in Washington for tax increases. Even conservatives are wavering. A few Republicans have dumped their anti-tax pledges, and former Nixon official-turned-actor Ben Stein favors taxing the wealthy. He says that we can´t cut our way to a balanced budget and insists that the revenue end must be addressed. But I have news for him: he´ll have a better chance finding Ferris Bueller on his day off than he will locating fiscal sanity through tax increases.
Comments: If Democrats have such good intentions, why does their every action prove they do not?
What is it that ails the brains of these pro tax hike people - ? How is it they don´t understand how much the government spends every hour and that raising taxes is a mere drop in the bucket by comparison? It makes sense to leave some people with money enough to run businesses. The alternative is bleak.
If 100% of all discretionary spending were cut - that´s the whole military and every bureaucracy and agency, and all three branches and we were left with only paying for mandates and interest on our debt, we would STILL need to raise taxes.
Let that sink in.
Raising taxes and cutting spending don´t matter anymore. Tax everyone at 100% and cut 100% of spending and IT *STILL* WON´T BE ENOUGH!
Ask George H.W. Bush how negotiating with democrats works out: his "read my lips" no new taxes pledge was broken when George Mitchell promised spending cuts if he raised taxes. the spending increased and cuts never happened, and the President wasn´t reelected.
It is a tactic as old as argument itself. The person seeking to accomplish something he knows to be dishonest and unjust sets the parameters of the argument, and invites his opponent to debate the predetermined memes. If the debater does not first disown the false premise, and reset the terms, he has effectively lost from the outset. In the case of ObamaCare, the premise is that our healthcare system was irretrievably "broken." Congress had to step in and "fix" healthcare. Of course, this was a ruse for the easy marks. No one but the utter simpletons among us believes
Charles Krauthammer has come to my rescue. You see, I’ve been on the receiving end of some spirited reaction since asserting in last weekend’s column that what we commonly call the Republican establishment — i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership — “is more sympathetic to Obama’s case for the welfare state than to the Tea Party’s case for limited government and individual liberty.” The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not controversial because it is indisputably true.
After the latest dismal performance by congressional Republicans in their battle (a generous description) with the president and his minions over the budget and ObamaCare, it´s time to ask, "Why the Republican Party?" From Jed Babbin, writing for American Spectator: Staggering, without direction, not quite dead and in search of brains, the Republican Party is giving a really good performance as the Zombie Party. According to the media´s current narrative, it has to rid itself of the Tea Party´s influence or die. The saddest of facts is that the media narrative is shared by many establishment Republicans.
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