The Republicans have led many Americans to believe that they are serious about the nation’s “fiscal cliff” and want to solve the issue with spending cuts rather than higher taxes. Obama’s administration is hellbent on raising taxes on “the wealthy” to avoid the year-end cliff. The Washington Post reported that GOP House leaders have come up with a whopper of a counterproposal to Obama’s statist tax-raising proposal: to raise taxes by $800 billion over the next decade and save a small amount of money by applying a less generous inflation raise for federal programs. The Republicans are proving once again that they are just statists, perhaps every bit as sinister as the Democrats who lie about the wealthy not paying enough in taxes.
The voters supported Republican members of the House to diminish the state by cutting costs and lowering taxes. Instead, Boehner and the other Republicans are actually proposing to raise taxes. They are surrendering to the bully tactics of the Obama Administration which is demanding tax increases. Treasury Secretary Geithner said on Meet the Press, “There’s no path to an agreement that does not involve Republicans acknowledging that rates have to go up on the wealthiest Americans.” This is an uncompromising statism of the highest degree, which should be combated by the opposition party offering a principled alternative.
The fiscal cliff issue is a government spending issue. But Obama’s White House considers tax increases on Americans to be a “balanced approach” to solving it. White House communications director Dan Pfieffer said, “Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won’t be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit.” Unfortunately, House Republicans have given in to Obama’s “balanced approach” by proposing a tax raise of their own.