Mitch McConnell’s ‘No New Taxes’ Pledge: Breath of Fresh Air, or More Hot Air?
By John W. Lillpop
American stalwarts in the war against reckless spending funded by tyrannical tax policies must not forget that in 1988 Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush won election based largely on the now infamous line he delivered at the Republican convention.
His “Read My Lips—No New Taxes” throwing down of the fiscal gauntlet led to his victory that year.
Unfortunately, Bush-41 reneged on that promise, which led to his unsuccessful reelection bid in 1992. Bush’s defeat left America with a perjurer and obstructer of justice in the Oval Office; a nasty scenario made all of the worse when President Bill Clinton converted the Oval Office into a pleasure palace for sexual dalliances with consenting, and non-consenting, women alike.
Twenty years later, America is still burdened with the excesses of tax and spend liberals, AND with weak-kneed Republicans who promise to save America from the sort of financial anarchy that is destroying Greece and other socialist states in Europe.
In 2010, the American people voted for fiscal austerity by kicking Nancy Pelosi and her spending disorder out of the US House, and by installing a contingent of Tea Party patriots who were committed to cutting taxes, spending, and the burgeoning growth of government under Marxist Barack Obama.
Alas, two years later, Congress has agreed to increase taxes and spending AGAIN, notwithstanding the results of the 2010 elections.
And now, as predictable as hot weather in July, Americans are being serenaded by Mitch McConnell, Minority leader of the US Senate with a firm, no nonsense rant declaring that new taxes are “off the table.”
As reported at reference 1, McConnell sounds mad as hell:
With looming deadlines on the nation’s federal borrowing limit and delayed across-the-board budget cuts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that discussions about new taxes are off the table in upcoming fiscal debate, and that reining in government spending must be the focal point.
“Are you saying that any discussion of revenue is completely off the table going forward? You will not accept any new revenues in any new deal?” asked ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on his program, “This Week.”
“Yeah, absolutely,” McConnell said. “ The tax issue is behind us. Now, the question is what are we going to do about the real problem. … Now it’s time to pivot and turn to the real issue, which is our spending addiction.”
Now where in the heck have we heard that before, Mitch?
Are you serious this time? Do you pledge to keep your word and not slither behind closed doors to make some under- the -table deal with Veep Joe Biden?
Incidentally, America’s fiscal woes are compounded by the fact that Barack Obama does not believe America has a spending problem, and Joe Biden thinks paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do!
Excuse the skepticism, but with the Obama-Biden team running the Executive Branch and with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell leading Congressional opposition, there is scant little hope for our beloved America!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 10:11 AM