From our good friend Henry Whistler:
Or maybe just realizing that talking about cutting spending without raising taxes to reduce the deficit is like talking about not paying on your car loan while refusing to take a better paying job to balance the checkbook. Grown-ups know better:
* A May 11 Ipsos/Reuters poll found that three-fifths of people favor raising taxes to reduce the deficit.
* A May 4 Quinnipiac University poll found that 69 percent of people, including 49 percent of Republicans, support raising taxes on those households making more than $250,000.
* An April 29 Gallup poll found that only 20 percent of people say the deficit must be reduced only with spending cuts; 76 percent say that taxes should play a role.
* An April 20 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that by a 2-to-1 margin people favor a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts over spending cuts alone to reduce the deficit. It also found that 72 percent of people favor raising taxes on the rich to reduce the deficit and this is far and away the most popular deficit reduction measure.
* An April 18 McClatchy/Marist poll found that voters support higher taxes on the rich to reduce the deficit by a 2-to-1 margin, including 45 percent of self-identified Tea Party members.
Republicans are working hard to enforce their no-tax-increase-ever orthodoxy, but there are signs that the dam is beginning to break. On April 7, former Reagan budget director Dave Stockman said, “It is simply unrealistic to say that raising revenue isn’t part of the solution. It’s a measure of how far off the deep end Republicans have gone with this religious catechism about taxes.”
You can’t keep telling people that we’re in a budget crisis and that we have to all be adults, but BTW TAX CUTS ARE OFF THE TABLE I SAID!!!
Well, it seems that the esteemed Mr Whistler sort of ignored something, which I went ahead and highlighted by boldfacing parts of his original. It isn’t so much that people think there should be tax increases, but that a lot of people think there should be tax increases on other people.
Tax increases on themselves? Not so much. So, is “America willing to pay for the government it wants,” as Mr Whistler entitled his article, or is it that America wants other people to pay for the government it wants?
I’ve said it before: I’d be willing to support tax increases, on everybody, but only after we get spending under control. If we don’t do that first, if we let tax increases lead the way, then we’ll get exactly what we’ve always gotten before: a federal government, seeing new revenue, just spending the increased revenue — and more — rather than cutting the deficit.
Just to get the ball rolling on Perry’s new site, I cross posted this article there.