Deja Vu: Congress Raises Taxes, Won't Cut Spending

By Erick Erickson, Red State - December 31, 2012

Conservatives within the Republican Conference should kill the compromise plan for the fiscal cliff.

For years, squishy folks on both sides and lots of think tankers have told us that we needed a “balanced” approach to solve our debt and deficit problems. A “balanced” approached included both tax increases and spending cuts. In other words, a “balanced” approach looked a lot like the so called fiscal cliff.

But today Congress is negotiating away the spending cuts component. Word coming from Capitol Hill is that there will be tax increases, but no spending cuts. They’ll get rid of sequestration.

Time and again Congress raises taxes now and says it will cut spending tomorrow.

Back in the 2012 Presidential campaign cycle, Republican Presidential candidates were famously asked if they’d accept one dollar of tax increases for ten dollars in spending cuts. They all said they wouldn’t. That has been used to show Republicans were recalcitrant on taxes. They were unreasonable.

Only Michele Bachmann bothered to explain that the reason the GOP would not do a 10 to 1 deal is because the GOP had tried several times to do such a deal, but each time the spending got put on the back burner, never to actually be dealt with.

Same thing is happening again. They’ll raise taxes, but they will not cut spending. Washington continues to have a spending problem, not a taxing problem. If sequestration happened concurrently, I’d say take this deal. It’s the best of a series of bad options. But without cuts on the table, the GOP should dive off the cliff.

Washington will never actually cut real spending unless forced to do so. Sequestration does just that.

Whatever happens, Republicans in the 113th Congress MUST fight for more spending cuts!

How long should we continue to pay unemployment benefits? If 99 weeks is not enough then what is?

The most important part will be the fine print about the borrowing cap increases. I am willing to bet this whole charade of a last minute deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is nothing more than a Pelosi style trick to hide the fact that Republicans and Democrats are raising the debt ceiling. If they raise it enough 90% of the voters will believe that taxing the rich solved all our problems. Passing this today is reminiscent of the way they got Obama care passed. And like that fiasco, I bet we won’t know what is in the bill to they pass the bill.

Please encourage Republicans to go home.

That fiddle music just gets louder and louder.

Any Republican who lets tax increases go through is both a wimp and a non-Conservative. DC just corrupts everyone to the point that the only thing that matters to them is being reelected. We in flyover country are just pawns who pay for their stupidity. That’s why I decided last summer that I would never be a Republican again. Instead, I call myself a Conservative, almost Libertarian. I have determined that whatever the government does, with the exception of our brave fighting men, is usually wrong. Think of it as a Giant Postal Service in the Sky traveling by Amtrak. Just go over the cliff, get it over with, stand on your principles, and face the truth.

Repbulican in the general……

It doesn’t matter if conservative support it or not because Obama isn’t going to sign it. He wants the cliff. He’s always wanted the cliff. He’s given us no sign that he wants to give up the cliff. Get your fiscal houses in order so you can best survive the next round of economic upheaval. And while you’re at it, talk to your neighbors in friends. We need to engage the unengaged so that the “underinformed” voters and those who usually sit home give us a chance for a brighter future. All the political websites in the world aren’t going to engage that kind of person.




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