Jim DeMint was quick to speak out against the tax increases incorporated in the Boehner compromise which was immediately rejected by Obama yesterday. “This isn’t rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
Today Heritage, in an article entitled ‘House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements’, writes: “Essentially, it appears the Republican leadership caved on raising taxes and first steps toward fundamental entitlement reforms that are desperately needed to keep Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid going. To be sure, the Boehner letter is short on details. But, as Fraser and Foster put it, ‘Beyond disappointing, the House Republican counteroffer appears at best to suggest incremental tweaks to these programs. Without real entitlement reform—not just spending cuts—we will never fix the underlying problem’.”
Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity president: “The president’s proposal and Speaker Boehner’s counteroffer fail to seriously deal with the reality of the problems facing the nation. Conservatives are looking for a leader to fight against tax increases, to push back against wasteful government spending, and address the fiscal challenges in a bold way. Sadly, this plan leaves conservatives wanting.”
Tax and spending start in the House. Instead of waving the white flag in 2013 why not pass the resolution now and send it to the Senate libs to accept credit for denying?