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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is a chip off the old block. Like his father Ron, Rand believes in small government and even smaller taxes. “If you want to stimulate the economy,” said Paul, “I’m for cutting tax revenues. All these Republicans who want to give up their taxpayer pledge and raise taxes, I’m the opposite. I want to lower taxes because that’s how we’d actually get more economic growth and maybe more revenue,” Paul told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.
He’ll have a hard time convincing congressional Republican leaders that squandered a seismic Tea Party victory in 2010. Since the “shellacking,” compromising on raising the debt ceiling and other issues has further soiled the GOP brand. Timid (some call them RINO) Republicans have proven to be Obama’s best allies.
According to CNN, “Fifty-three percent of the country has an unfavorable view of the Republican Party; only 42% want to see congressional Republicans have more influence than the president over the direction the nation takes in the next two years. And seven in ten say the GOP has not done enough to cooperate with Obama.”
Paul says the loser leadership of his party will likely give Obama another victory this December when they engineer a “grand bargain” that raises the debt ceiling an additional $2 trillion and increases taxes. And the CNN poll suggests that if a budget compromise results in economic disaster, Republicans, not Obama Democrats, will get the blame.
That raises an obvious question: Why would Republican lawmakers compromise to save Obamanomics if in the end they get blamed for the disaster that follows?
I have an idea – unfortunately, it requires Republican House members to fire the hapless John Boehner as House Speaker and replace him with someone who has a spine and some intestinal fortitude. I know the odds of that happening are slim to none, but here goes.
I believe taxes should go up, not on billionaires and millionaires … but on the “47%.” As the fat and happy beneficiaries of the entitlement state, they should be required to pay their “fair share.” Second, House Republicans should repeal the law requiring employer withholding, which would force every American to write a big, fat check to Uncle Sam every April 15. The sight of all those zeros should send a chill up their spines.
How can House Republicans achieve this? Funding for ObamaCare will serve as a nice hostage during the budget negotiating process. The president, after all, loves the disfigured Frankenstein monster he created. Make him pay for it.
As things currently stand, Republicans have little to lose. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
They should turn America’s economic demise into a teachable moment for gullible Americans so susceptible to the ravings of redistributive demagogues.
After all, H.L. Mencken defined a demagogue as “one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.”
Make the idiots pay.