Why Are Republicans Supporting Tax Hikes?

The Heritage Foundation | December 5, 2012 

Fellow conservative,

Citing Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff Erskine Bowles, House Republican leaders once again offered to increase taxes on the American people by $800 billion.  Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as a check to President Obama’s big-government agenda, not to find creative ways to fund it.

After the election, Speaker John Boehner rightly said, “The question we should be asking is not which taxes should I raise to get more revenue.” But for the second time in less than a month, Republican lawmakers reiterated their willingness to agree to “$800 billion in new revenue.”  As we have said numerous times, America does not have a tax revenue problem.  Our government has a spending problem.

>> CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: Tell your Representative tax hikes are not part of the solution!

Not only are Republican Leaders asking their members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people, but they appear unwilling to fight for the bold entitlement reforms that won them the House in 2010.

While making a massive and economically damaging capitulation on taxes, they claimed, “it would be counterproductive to publicly or privately propose entitlement reforms” because Obama and his congressional allies are “unwilling to support” the reforms.

>> MAKE THE CALL: Don’t back down on entitlement reform.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush broke his solemn pledge: “read my lips: no new taxes.”  It cost him the election.  In more than 20 years since, congressional Republicans have avoided making the same mistake.  And now, as our nation’s economy is struggling to produce growth, our leaders in Congress are about to make precisely the wrong decision.

Thank you in advance for making the call and holding our lawmakers accountable for the promises they made to you.


Russ Vought

Political Director

Heritage Action for America

Contributor's website: http://www.heritage.org

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