Boehner's Tax-Freeze Plan Makes Good Fiscal Sense

Thursday, 09 Sep 2010 08:13 AM

By Dick Armey

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From the FreedomWorks website.

On Monday, President Obama took yet another swipe at those who oppose his government expansion policies:

When it comes to just about everything we’ve done to strengthen our middle class, to rebuild our economy, almost every Republican in Congress says no . . . If I said the sky was blue, they say no. If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say no . . . Their slogan is ‘No we can’t.'

Of course, these lawmakers do not vote “no” out of spite. Certainly, there are a multitude of perfectly good reasons on why many lawmakers reject harmful legislation proposed by Democratic leaders. By voting “no” on unconstitutional bills, these lawmakers are essentially saying “yes” to freedom and prosperity.

Vice President Joe Biden has claimed that "we all know what John Boehner and his Republican colleagues are against . . . I don’t know what they are for.”

However, the Democratic leadership has ignored alternative proposals by failing to bring Republican sponsored bills to the floor.

On ABC’s "Good Morning America," House Minority Leader John Boehner made two clear economic proposals. First, Boehner urged Congress to pass a bill that would cut government spending back to 2008 levels. Second, he proposed a two-year freeze on all current tax rates which would stop the job-killing 2011 tax hikes.

These proposals are quickly gaining endorsements from congressmen including from Paul Ryan, R-Wis.:

Just yesterday, the president's recently departed budget director joined the growing chorus of Republicans, Democrats, and respected economists in opposition to the looming tax hikes set to hit an economy that simply cannot afford it.

We also cannot afford Washington's reckless spending spree, which is why Leader Boehner is exactly right to match his call to freeze taxes at their current rates with a proposal to cut and cap spending for the coming fiscal year.

Paul Ryan is referencing President Obama's former Budget Director Peter Orzag's New York Times column:

In the face of the dueling deficits, the best approach is a compromise: extend the tax cuts for two years and then end them altogether . .  . Higher taxes now would crimp consumer spending, further depressing the already inadequate demand for what firms are capable of producing at full tilt.

House Republicans are more likely to vote yes for these fiscally responsible proposals that rein in our national debt. Voting no on all irresponsible spending bills that are not authorized by the Constitution is nothing to be ashamed of.

Let’s hope that the Democratic leadership finally listens to the wise proposals offered by other party members.


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