Boehner: Raising Taxes ‘Unacceptable’ No Revenue Needed
April 13, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Just days after a budget deal averted a government shutdown, we are on to the next battle. With President Obama scheduled to deliver a major address today on dealing with the deficit long-term, the Republicans are making it clear that they will fight any effort to raise taxes, tooth and nail. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declared yesterday that raising taxes was “unacceptable.” If the Grover Norquist Republicans have their way, the wealthiest one percent will be handed additional tax cuts, while the safety net for the poor and the middle class is decimated.
Of course, if Republicans were truly serious about deficit reduction, they would not ignore the revenue side of the equation. They are after something else entirely: transforming America into their frightening vision of extreme laissez faire capitalism and smaller government. And that’s what President Obama and the Democrats need to fight against.
Boehner couldn’t have made it clearer, when he said “tax increases are unacceptable and a nonstarter. We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little, we have deficits because Washington spends too much.”
Obama is reportedly prepared to challenge the no-spending, no-taxes Republican dogma this afternoon.
White House press secretary Jay Carney, said yesterday that the rich in this country need to pitch in and pay their fair share.
“What is not acceptable …is a plan that achieves serious deficit reduction only by asking for sacrifice from the middle class … while providing substantial tax cuts to the very well-off,” said Carney.
“We need to consider all three legs of the stool when we’re dealing with the deficit. And that’s entitlements, tax expenditures and defense spending,” he added.
Let the battle begin.
Photo Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza