Paul L. Caron

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ann Coulter: Republicans Rightly Oppose Democrats' Spending Cuts/Tax Increase Ruse

Ann Coulter, I'll Gladly Pay You Tuesday For a Tax Increase Today:

Bored with the Penn State scandal because it didn't implicate any prominent Republicans, the mainstream media have suddenly become obsessed with Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge." They are monomaniacally fixated on luring Republicans into raising taxes. If Democrats could balance the budget tomorrow and quadruple government spending, they'd refuse the deal unless they could also make Republicans break their tax pledge. That is their single-minded goal. But the media are trying to turn it around and say that it's Republicans who are crazy for refusing to consider raising taxes no matter how much they get in spending cuts. ...

For Americans who are unaware of the Democrats' history of repeatedly reneging on their promises to cut spending in return for tax hikes, the Republicans' opposition to tax increases does seem crazy. That's why Republicans need to remind them. ...

[I]n 1982, Reagan struck a deal with the Democrats to raise some business and excise taxes -- though not income taxes -- in exchange for $280 billion in spending cuts over the next six years. As Reagan wrote in his diary at the time: "The tax increase is the price we have to pay to get the budget cuts." But, of course, the Democrats were lying. Instead of cutting $280 billion, they spent an additional $450 billion. ...

Unable to learn from the first kick of a mule, President George H.W. Bush​ made the exact same deal with Democrats just a few years later. Pretending to care about the deficit -- created exclusively by their own profligate spending -- Democrats demanded that Bush agree to a "balanced budget" package with both spending cuts and tax increases. In June 1990, Bush did so, agreeing to tax hikes in defiance of his "read-my-lips, no-new-taxes" campaign pledge. Again, Democrats, being Democrats, produced no spending cuts, and within two years the increased federal spending had led to a doubling of the deficit. ...

Republicans can read the Democrats' record, too. They know that Democrats will promise to cut spending in exchange for tax increases and then screw Republicans on the spending cuts. It's been 20 years since they pulled that scam, so Democrats figure it's time to make Republicans break a tax pledge again. As long as no one knows the history of these "deals," the media can carry on, blithely portraying Republicans as obstructionist nuts for refusing the third kick of a mule.

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Coulter is a shrewd business woman and a talented "info-tainer" but I hope you don't consider her a legitimate source of tax commentary.

As a conservative I despair at the profiteers and howlers who claim the mantle of conservative these days.

Posted by: save_the_rustbelt | Nov 25, 2011 8:31:59 PM

Judge the commentary by the content rather than by the author. If you don't like the commentary, simply and logically explain why you disagree.

Here's another one to consider.

Charles Krauthammer on Taxes and the Super Committee

It seems to me that the myth that Republicans oppose higher taxes is simply not recognizing there is a difference between lowering rates and increasing revenues. That’s been the problem.

Posted by: Woody | Nov 26, 2011 7:12:32 AM