It is being reported this morning that House Speaker John Boehnor has caved on the fiscal cliff by offering to raise tax rates on the wealthy.
Earlier this week Dr. Broun appeared at a press conference with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and House Representatives Louis Gohmert (R-TX), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), John Fleming (R-LA) and others. Here are some of his comments regarding the fiscal cliff:
“I went to the press conference today to tell the American people that I will not be one of the Republicans that caves in to the President’s demands,” said Broun. “I refuse to be a member of a political party that differs from the Democrats only in these respects: higher taxes – but more gradually; socialism – but more slowly; and higher debt – but not quite as high as the Democrats propose. That’s not conservatism, and it goes against everything I stand for.
“We simply cannot tax our way out of debt. It’s impossible. In fact, President Obama has already said that he will use 75% of the new revenue that comes in to the Treasury not to pay down debt or shore up endangered programs like Medicare or Social Security, but on new spending for new federal programs. That means only $400 billion of his proposed $1.6 trillion in new revenue will go toward paying down our more than $16 trillion in debt. Just think about those numbers. $400 billion doesn’t come close to paying off $16 trillion. It’s a joke.
“I want to get rid of whole sale parts of the federal government. … I want to get rid of the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, and let’s get rid of the EPA while we’re doing it. … Let’s go back to constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers meant it.”
“We need to cut spending like we have never done before, because it’s our only hope for a sound fiscal future. Last year the federal government spent $3.6 trillion dollars. I propose that next year, we need to spend $3.4 trillion, and the next year $3 trillion. And so on and so on until this country is no longer borrowing and we’re only raising revenue by raising new taxpayers. So, I’ll be the guy who won’t cave on taxes. But I need the American people to help me shift the focus of this debate back onto Washington’s outrageous spending.”
“I believe that we should not raise taxes on anybody for any reason. Government has too much money. … I believe in constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers meant it.”
Broun also echoed the Libertarian emphasis of state sovereignty when he said, “We need to send powers back to the states and to the people as the Tenth Amendment says it should be.”