“Republican leaders in the Senate and House will not agree to tax increases in the guise of reform measures, according to a prominent conservative advocate for lower taxes.
Conservatives have grown increasingly worried that Republicans in Congress may accept a tax hike as part of a broader deal to reduce discretionary and entitlement spending.
But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have pledged to Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist they will not support any deficit reduction package that increases taxes….
Norquist said he has received the same promise from Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mike Crapo (Idaho) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), who are negotiating a deficit reduction package with Democrats.
“I’ve talked to the three guys in the room and they’ve promised not to vote any tax increases,” Norquist said.”
Well, somebody’s lying to somebody. Or at best, badly miscommunicating.
Crapo, Chambliss and other Republican leaders have been suggesting that they want to pursue some kind of grand bargain with President Obama and the Democrats to combat the deficit, with taxes in the mix as well as spending cuts. But if what they’re telling Norquist is true, then their talk has been absolute nonsense and they are “negotiating” in bad faith.
Spending has to be cut, entitlement growth has to be addressed AND taxes have to be raised. Politically and mathematically, there is no other way out of this mess. If you don’t do all of those things, you might as well do none of them. In fact, given the compromises that have to take place, if you don’t do all of those things, you WILL do none of them.
So if the GOP is really taking taxes off the table, we’re in deep doo doo.
– Jay Bookman