Heritage Action is fighting the liberal assumption that responsible government requires high taxes. America has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We take this fight seriously and highlight Washington insiders who act as if tax increases are harmless.
This morning, our Senate Relations Director Tripp Baird took the conservative message to MSNBC. In a brief roundtable, Tripp countered the liberal spin on the U.N. Disability Treaty and explained why conservatives are still opposed to hiking taxes.
The US signing on to this treaty won’t help disabled Americans any more than the ADA already does–and it won’t help disabled people in other countries.
This treaty would give domestic policy-making power to an international board in Geneva.
Entitlements are the driver of the deficit, and raising taxes won’t fix that problem.
Today, House Republican leaders cited Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff Erskine Bowles while offering up $800 billion in tax increases. The Heritage Foundation said, the offer “appears little more than categorical, pre-emptive capitulation.”
Not only does the offer place tax increases squarely on the table, but also it completely abandons much-needed entitlement reform, saying, “we recognize it would be counterproductive to publicly or privately propose entitlement reforms that you and the leaders of your party appear unwilling to support.”
Heritage’s Alison Acosta Fraser and J.D. Foster, Ph.D. go on to say, “rarely in modern American politics have more counterproductive, more foolish words been set to paper.
Indeed. The proposal is bad policy, bad politics and a highly questionable negotiating tactic.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was on Fox News Sunday to paint Republicans as obstructionist in the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations. He said, in a rather patronizing tone, that Democrats “may need to give [Republicans] time to figure out where they go next.”
How sweet! Thank goodness for liberal leftist politicians’ benevolence, which knows no shortage, especially since it is subsidized by taxpayers’ money.
Yes. Liberal Democrats will give the silly Republicans time to wrap their pretty little heads around the “modest” $1.6 trillion tax dollars that Obama plans, ever so graciously, to confiscate from American taxpayers and then sink into the black hole of government spending. (Remember, what goes into a black hole doesn’t come back out.)
If so-called fiscal cliff negotiations have been frustrating for those we’ve elected to leadership positions, it’s been much more so for those of us watching from the outside. After we elect them, they take the wheel, and it’s unclear whether they’re about to drive us over a cliff.
After last week’s futile negotiations, lawmakers’ predictions and outlooks span from optimistic to flat out pessimistic. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his frustrations saying, “we’re nowhere.” As Speaker, he has the difficult task of trying to negotiate with President Obama who has diametrically opposed views regarding how to properly avoid the fiscal cliff. Speaker Boehner said, “The President’s idea of negotiation is, roll over and do what I ask.”
Similarly, Rep. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) predicts, “we’re going over the cliff.” Graham stated that he’d go back on his pledge to his constituents not to raise taxes, as long as entitlement reform was truly pursued, but as he sees it, the President’s entitlement cuts are “a joke.”
In the bubble of the Washington Beltway, key players are eager to stem the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Meanwhile, various special interests continue the murmur of using a “carbon tax” as part of the negotiations, or to use as a revenue raiser (i.e., tax increase) within the context of future tax reform.
Yesterday, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), incoming ranking member of the important Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and member Energy & Commerce Committee respectfully, plan to introduce a concurrent resolution in both chambers expressing the sense of Congress “that a carbon tax is not in the economic interests of the United States.”
As Senator Vitter notes, “There’s a lot of talk in Washington about raising taxes, and finding ‘revenues’ in creative ways, to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. But a carbon tax — which would force more financial hardship upon family budgets, energy consumers and jobs seekers — needs to be completely taken off the table.” And Congressman Pompeo stated “A carbon tax would be disastrous to our nation’s economy by driving up energy prices and increasing the cost of everything built in America, as well consumer goods purchased by every American.”