A Democratic Admission
This morning, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), a member of the now-failed “super committee,” admitted that “you’re guaranteed to have – unless it’s changed, a major tax increase on January 1st of 2013 when the Bush tax cuts expire…”
Senator Kerry’s 22-word admission that expiring tax cuts are akin to tax hikes is nothing short of shocking. It flies in the face of Democratic Party dogma, and directly contradicts language invoked by President Obama. The Democrat’s 2004 presidential nominee sounds like an anti-tax activist, at least for those 22 words.
Sen. Kerry’s newfound honesty did not stop there, though. He also admitted that the “cuts” offered by Democrats on the “super committee” were nothing more than budget gimmicks:
“Incidentally, when you say ‘cuts,’ it was slowing the rate of growth. It was not a cut to a benefit; it was a slowing of the rate at which it is growing.”
Oh, those painful reductions in future spending increases! These comments, along with dueling narratives over how the savings from various proposals were counted, expose the folly of the entire “super committee” process. Thanks to Senator Kerry’s comments, we can see the Democrat plan was actually nothing but tax increases, if you remove the admitted budget gimmicks.
A serious effort at solving the problem (not following a bogus process) would have been to propose something like the Ryan Budget, which was passed by the House. Or Heritage’s Saving the American Dream.
Offering phantom cuts and trying to raise taxes substantially in order to expand government will only exacerbate our current problems. Remember, the Democrats offered a plan that included more than $1.3 trillion in tax hikes over the next ten years, plus their budget gimmicks. They completely ignored the fact that our government spends more than it takes in, and raising taxes doesn’t fix that problem.
Kudos to Senator Kerry for finally acknowledging your party’s fundamental wrongs.