I really don’t know who is worse, Red, politicians like Chambliss who want to tax and spend, or conservative writers like who who entice poor middle-class yokels into throwing money down ratholes after longshot candidates seeking to unseat establishment figures like the aforementioned senator.
So we’re all angry at Chambliss because he’s finally figuring out you can’t shower Georgia with farm subsidies and defense contracts and not have to pay for them somehow? Is the primary campaign slogan going to be “Vote against farm subsidies, Vote against Chambliss”. How will that play in south Georgia?
Maybe the problem isn’t Chambliss’s realization you can’t get something for nothing, it’s Norquist’s belief that you can.
Besides, if Norquist were Jesse Jackson or some union leader bullying a Democrat to do what they say, we would charge the Democrats with being captive to special interests. But we don’t believe the same thing when unelected “leaders” like Norquist or “entertainers” like Limbaugh pull the strings on Republican politicians?
Patroon, the consistent message should be, revenues are fine (grossly too high really), spending is the problem. Deficits must be addressed with spending cuts. Of course farm subsidies and defense contracts are a problem. That’s why the GOP needs LEADERS who are willing to address cutting spending. How does caving on taxes help the GOP or the cause of conservatism? I refuse to concede, as should all conservatives, that revenues are inadequate.
I agree Red. They should have to prove they can spend the money they have responsibly before we give them more. The idea that raising taxes will balance the budget is naive. If they get more revenue they will just spend even more money exponentially and increase the debt even further. Raising taxes would be okay, but let’s see them cut the budget in half first.
I guess the hope is that raising tax rates would lead to spending cuts, because once people get the real idea of how much their preferred government costs, they might not like it so much. Granted, that is complicated by current tax structure, where rates can be raised on certain sectors and not others. I figure a big tax increase is coming whether we like it or not though.