One day after Boehner mentioned an $800-billion tax hike — half the amount President Obama is seeking — conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III said the Republican Party is no longer the party of limited government, limited spending and limited taxes:
“It is now officially exactly right behind the Democrats — on everything,” Bozell said. “It is time for conservatives to start looking for a new home. There’s precious little left for us here.”
Bozell, the chairman of ForAmerica Inc., also heads the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.
Should Americans assume that Boehner and House Republican leaders have been misleading the country for more than two years? Bozell wondered:
“It would be impossible to count the times and ways Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and so many others have told America that tax hikes would kill jobs and cripple the economy. Lo and behold, that’s just what they’ve proposed, $800 billion of them,” Bozell said. “They aren’t taxes, no siree. They are ‘revenue,’ and ‘loopholes’ that are closed (which also begs the question: if loopholes, why were they open?).”
Why shouldn’t Obama demand $1.6 trillion in tax hikes on wealthy Americans, Bozell asked: “The Republican Party has now surrendered its principles, and is in full retreat, the Democrats taste blood, and they’re going for it all. I would too.”
Bozell said it’s no coincidence that just before releasing his proposal, Boehner orchestrated a purge of conservatives from key positions of power in the Republican Conference.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is among those sounding a call against the “fiscal insanity,” and while other fiscal conservatives may join him, they are “firmly in the minority,” Bozell said.
On Tuesday, DeMint said Boehner’s offer to raise $800 billion in taxes on the wealthy “will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny.”
In a statement, DeMint said it’s not hard to understand the detrimental effects of tax hikes: “This isn’t rocket science,” he said.
“Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
DeMint says “big government” has created the nation’s debt crisis — and therefore, “big government’ is not the solution:
“Washington has a spending addiction that is shackling our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt,” he said. “Conservatives fought for a balanced budget amendment last year precisely because we knew the political establishment in Washington would never stop their tax and spend addiction without it.
“However,” DeMint added, “if neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade. We can stop the fiscal cliff with the bill that House Republicans already passed that simply extends the current tax rates and replaces the defense cuts with reductions in wasteful spending.”
In March, the House passed a fiscal year 2013 budget resolution, which House Speaker John Boehner described as “an honest budget with real spending cuts, pro-growth tax reform, and serious entitlement reform.”
On Monday, in a letter to President Obama, Boehner said Republicans would not go along with the president’s plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. That plan includes $1.6 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as well as new stimulus spending.
“If we were to take your Administration’s proposal at face value,” Boehner wrote, “then we would counter with the House-passed Budget Resolution.”