Since the President’s recent reelection, he and the liberal political pundits have claimed a mandate for tax increases. What they seem to forget is that the electorate also gave the Republican Party the majority mantle in the House. I don’t recall one Republican Representative campaigning on tax increases during the last election cycle. In fact, most persuaded their districts into electing them based on a promise that they would not yield to President Obama’s call for raising taxes. Let’s not forget that his so called tax on the rich would result in a tax increase for over one million small businesses. Given this background, I was shocked when Speaker Boehner recently proposed a compromise that included tax increases.
I am thankful for the conservatives Representatives in the House who stopped Republican efforts to acquiesce in tax increases as part of a deal with President Obama. When will we learn that you cannot compromise on core principles that will allow our failing economy to further slide in to the economic abyss. When we compromise on our core principles and campaign promises, we lose. Representative Louie Gohmert said it best, ”We know that our big problem is too much spending.” Democrats have set the trap, arguing that if Republicans will just raise taxes we can come along with cuts later; we cannot fall for it. Under the leadership of President George W. Bush, Republicans passed tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that removed the increases in taxes President Clinton gave us. Now, President Obama wants to raise taxes again.