National Review posted an article yesterday about the problems with the deficit negotiations that Vice-President Biden is overseeing between the Republicans and Democrats. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) walked out of those negotiations yesterday stating that the talks had repeated stalled over the Democrats demand that taxes be raised in order to deal with the deficit.
The article reports:
“House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) told reporters he sympathized with Cantor’s decision. “I know the frustration that he feels when Democrat members continue to want to bring tax hikes into this conversation and insist that we’ve got to raise taxes on the American people,” he said at weekly press briefing. “A tax hike cannot pass the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s not just a bad idea; it doesn’t have the votes, and it can’t happen. . . . The American people don’t want us to raise taxes.””
I really don’t understand the strategy of the Democrats on this. The 2010 elections revealed an involved electorate willing to work for lower taxes and smaller government. I realize that these are not popular concepts with the current Administration and its buddies in Congress, but they are, in fact, the desire of the majority of Americans.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), representing the Republican Senators in the negotiations, has also walked out of the negotiations.
The article points out the recent history of tax hikes in Congress:
“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) reiterated his party’s position that tax hikes are “a poison pill” to any potential deal to reduce the deficit. “We know that a tax hike would never make it through Congress,” he said. “Not because of Republican opposition — but because of Republican and Democratic opposition. We’ve already had the votes to prove it.””
Unfortunately, we have entered the ‘silly season’ at a time that is critical in the survival of our nation. If we don’t get our spending under control, we will rapidly become a third-world country. Hopefully, we have enough grown-ups in Congress to prevent this.