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AP Furious GOP Won’t Fall For Old Dem Trap

From Mr. Obama’s lickspittle minions at the Associated Press:

Culture, hard lessons drive GOP’s anti-tax stand

By CHARLES BABINGTON – Associated Press
July 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the surface, it would seem like an opportune time for Congress to include targeted tax hikes as part of a cost-cutting package to reduce the huge federal deficit.

Federal taxes, as a share of the overall economy, are at their lowest levels since 1950. A return to the higher income tax rates of the Clinton presidency — when many Americans prospered, and calls for tax cuts were fairly muted — would wipe out most of the deficit. And congressional Democrats appear ready to make deep spending cuts, sought by Republicans, in exchange for a smaller level of tax increases.

Ironically, when we first saw this headline, we thought this was going to be an article about how the Republicans have finally learned "hard lessons" from being snookered by the Democrats in the past. But, no. Laughably, the AP is complaining that the GOP won’t fall for the Democrats’ promise to cut three dollars in spending for every dollar in tax increases.

Remember, this is supposed to be a news article, not an editorial.

Despite all that, most congressional Republicans have vowed not to raise taxes of any kind, complicating efforts to reach a bipartisan deal to reduce spending and prevent the United States from defaulting on its loans.

The AP is positively apoplectic that the Republicans are listening to the people who elected them instead of the news media, and refusing to raise taxes. Also, note how casually they slip in the lie that the government will default without the debt ceiling being raised.

This is how they lie to their benighted readers day in and day out.

The adamant stand puzzles many analysts. They say it’s almost self-defeating, blocking Republicans from accepting deals in which Democrats have made the biggest concessions.

Can anyone name any concessions that the Democrats have made? Even one?

"Republicans don’t know when to take ‘yes’ for an answer," said Bob Bixby of the bipartisan Concord Coalition, a leading advocate of balanced budgets. "They could have very, very favorable terms" in the current negotiations, he said, with Democrats yielding far more in spending cuts than Republicans would have to yield in tax hikes.

The Concord Coalition is the creation of Democrats and washed up RINOs ‘moderate Republicans.’ It has never seen a tax hike that it didn’t like.

The potency of the Republican Party’s anti-tax stance seems to have caught even a top GOP lawmaker, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, by surprise. He had to back away from suggestions that he might accept significant revenue hikes as part of a $4 trillion deficit-reduction plan.

"There was never any agreement to allow tax rates to go up in any discussions I’ve ever had with the White House," Boehner said Monday.

This is another blatant lie from the AP. As Mr. Boehner himself says, there has never been any plan to raise taxes, so there was no need to "back away."

Key Republicans and others cite at least four key events that transformed the GOP from a party with a balanced approach to taxes and spending — Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan both raised taxes, though many Republicans now ignore those facts — to a party that puts a no-net-tax-increase pledge above almost everything else

As we have noted, Mr. Reagan made the mistake of believing the Democrats when they promised to cut $3 in spending for every $1 dollar in taxes. He still believed that there were some honorable people in the other party. He was not infallible.

George H.W. Bush’s most memorable campaign phrase in 1988 was "Read my lips: No new taxes!"

And from that moment on, the media and the rest of the Democrat Party made raising taxes their number one priority.

But in 1990, Bush faced a rising deficit and congressional Democrats who, like today, insisted on revenue increases to partly offset spending cuts. Bush’s advisers persuaded him to accept the deal. Hardcore conservatives howled, and Bush lost his 1992 re-election bid to Bill Clinton

Once again a Republican President fell for the Democrat promise of $3 of spending cuts for every new dollar in taxes. And, just like with Mr. Reagan, the spending cuts never happened.

But not only did the Democrats (and their media minions) lie to Mr. Bush about cutting spending. They promised they would never use his breaking his word against him. Which of course they did, early and often.

In recent years, staunch conservatives have expanded their influence in the Republican electorate. "The Republican Party is dependent, to an extent unprecedented in recent political history, on a single ideological group," which is conservatives, writes political analyst Nate Silver…

If only that were so. (By the way, Mr. Silver is a former Daily Kos blogger. So he is naturally an authority on the Republican Party.)

Today’s Republican Party is so taxaphobic that hardly anyone blinks when Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says, day after day, that the nation has a spending problem, not a taxing problem

Again, this is supposed to be a news article. Not an editorial.

Mathematically, of course, that’s not necessarily true. A government can close a budget gap with tax hikes, spending cuts or some combination of the two. Liberal bloggers make this point more robustly than do most Democrats in Congress.

"No, McConnell, we have a revenue problem, not a spending problem," wrote a blogger named westcoastliberal at Rawstory.com. "If you and your GOP cohorts had not sought tax cuts as a remedy for every problem, we could be sitting pretty as a country right now."

It’s come to this. The AP is citing people who are posting from their parents’ basement, and calling it news.

The Republican Party’s anti-tax stand is aided by a public with conflicting wishes. Voters generally oppose large deficits, higher taxes and cuts in programs that benefit them, a painless but impossible combination

There is no conflict in these positions. Most Americans feel like they are already over taxed and that the government spends too much. And that they should get something back in benefits for the ‘entitlement’ programs that they have paid into for all of our working lives.

That is not an impossible combination. And it is preposterous for a supposed news organization to claim it is.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “AP Furious GOP Won’t Fall For Old Dem Trap”

  1. Right of the People says:

    The Disassociated Press and the libtards are living in a fantasy world. They are so used to getting their way they’re shocked when things don’t go the way they want.

    McConnell is correct, we have a very serious spending problem that the a-hole in the White House has made a thousand times worse in his short tenure. The left has never seen a tax hike they didn’t like, it gives them more money to buy those all important votes so they can stay in office and not have to worry about getting a real job, something the majority of them have never had.

    • River0 says:

      This is great news, the best news of the year. Democrats are having to take a stand they won’t be able to deny come election time. And John Boehner wakes up, smells the coffee and shows a spine. The Democrat smoke-and-mirrors ‘compromise’ was phoniness par excellence.

      The catastrophically low jobs numbers from Friday have had the marvelous effect of making everyone take the debt issue seriously.

  2. canary says:

    Wow. Reporter Charles Babington should google himself and heed the years of blogs telling him to quit his job. He’ not a student fill in for reporters on vacations.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    AP Furious GOP Won’t Fall For Old Dem Trap

    Mitch McConnell

    It ain’t called the Stupid Party for nothing, Grand Master Steve

    Here’s the AP newsflash: “WASHINGTON (AP) _ GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase.”

    • tranquil.night says:

      Heh. The turd goes out onto the Senate, cries about how he thought we could do big things together, then just wants to hand him victory without a dime. Classic kabuki.

      It ain’t happening, Mitchtoast.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    This was AP? I thought I was reading a DNC fax. Same thing.

  5. proreason says:

    Hello. I’m Ms proreason. Over the last 3 years, I jacked up my spending 40%. Now proreason owes about a gazillion dollars because I was spending way more than he made before I jacked up my spending. Pro says that the creditors are going to take our house if we can’t bring the debt down.

    But not to worry. I’m a Democrat. So I’ve told pro that if he goes out and gets a 3rd job, then at some point in the future I’ll cut a little bit out of that 40% jack-up. In addition, I’ll sweet talk the creditors into loaning him some more money. If he doesn’t do it, I’ve told him that him that I won’t do the grocery shopping anymore, or clean the house, or feed the pets, or help him if he gets sic…just to let him know how generous I’m being.

    But the bastard won’t go for it.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Pleased to meet you. I’m loan rep Mitch McConnell and why don’t we just let you raise your debt limit at your whim.

      Better yet, screw the limit altogether.

      Now our lenders will go eat their turd sandwich peas and you go love your husband before we catch him tweeting!

  6. Tater Salad says:

    As a disabled veteran who gets a combat wounded check from the V.A. and with our President wanting to withhold these disabliity checks from veterans, along with senior citizens social security checks……….blow it out your you know what Mr. President. I gave part of my body on the battlefied and you sir are not buying my vote for your ideology. Take my check and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine sir! I’ve been without food before! You can give money to Egypt, money to Brazil to explore and produce oil, stop all oil production in the states but you don’t care about your own people? Bite me!

    If Americans do NOT get their social security checks it is because Barack Obama is withholding them from you. There is enough money collected in revenues each month to pay these checks. This is what is called “Obama Extortion”! It isn’t going to work:

    1. http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/13/fact-if-social-security-checks-arent-sent-out-it-would-be-because-obama-chose-not-to-send-them/

    2. http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/12/allen-west-rips-obama-over-warning-social-security-checks-might-not-go-out-this-is-fear-mongering-sad-and-pathetic/

    3. http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/07/obamas-threat-t.html

  7. proreason says:

    Since I’m not a brain-dead marxist bureaucrat, I’d like to offer my services to help our beloved government limp along once sugar-daddy withdraws the candy. Here are a few ideas:

    1. Immediately stop all activities of any nature having to do with obamycare.
    2. Immediately stop all stimulus activities of any nature.
    3. Immediately stop all other government activities started since Sept 2008.
    4. Immediately stop all military activities in Libya.
    5. Immediately restore federal compensation for ALL WORKERS to Sept 2008 levels.
    6. Immediately stop CASH SUBSIDIES of any nature, incluing foreign aid, UN subsidies, farm subsidies, ethanol subsidies, NEA, PBS and NPR subsidies.
    7. Immediately halt all regulatory functions.
    8. Shutter Amtrak. Reduce Congressional staffing by 75%. Shut down the EPA, the Commerce Dept, the DOE, HEW and any other departments not involved with national security. Reduce the White House budget by 90%
    9. Reduce all federal accounting functions by 80%.
    10. Cut the State Department in half and the DPJ in half.
    11. Reduce Medicaid by 50%. Reduce Food Stamps by 50%. Eliminate tax credits for taxpayers who pay $0 federal income tax.
    12. Halt all building projects
    13. Close all federal cafeterias. Shutter the national parks.
    14. Eliminate matching retirement savings for government employees. Cut other retirement funding in half.
    15. Layoff all government chauffers. Charge for parking to all government employees. Increase thermostats during the summer by 2 degrees for all government buildings and the reverse in winter. Shut all lights in federal buildings off at night. Sell unused buildings at market cost. Cut building management staffs in half. Cut HR staffs in half. Cut legal support staffs for agencies that will continue to function at least in half. Reduce all contractor compensation to Sept 2008 levels. Fire all IRS employees hired for Obamycare. Reduct the rest by 50%.

    This, of course, merely scratches the surface.

    There should be no need to touch military ops other than Libya, support for veterans, social security payments, medicare activities and payments, or any services related to national security, other than show-pony functions like the TSA.

    I’m 100% confident the debt can be easily serviced without impacting essential services. I’m offering my services free of charge to help make the necessary reductions.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I’ve been trying to look back into the archives for an article where Jim DeMint found like $500b in redundant programs, but haven’t pinned it down so far.

      Excellent list though. Default is a complete Red Herring, bills can be passed to protect those the boyking has hostage, the broader argument can be won and Mr. Reason needs to go to Washington.

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