Democrats’ Supercommittee Excuses Omit the Facts

Monday, 21 Nov 2011 01:34 PM

By Grover Norquist

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
From the ATR website.

On the Sunday talk shows, members of Congress predictably began pointing fingers at who was to blame for the supercommittee’s inability to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade.

On Meet the Press, Arizona’s Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican member of the supercommittee remarked:

“When our democratic friends are unable to cut even $1 in spending without saying it has to be accompanied by tax increases, I think that tells you all you need to know about our runaway spending.”

Sen. John Kerry, Kyl's Democratic counterpart on the supercommittee, tried to rebut that assertion from the senator from Arizona by claiming that Democrats cut $550 billion from Medicare in Obamacare without raising taxes.

Really, John Kerry? Obamacare is what you’re going to point to as your evidence that Democrats can cut spending without raising taxes? Wow, OK, where to start.

First of all, not only did the 2010 healthcare bill entail higher taxes, Obamacare included 21 different tax increases, totalling over $500 billion in higher taxes. This despite the fact that just last December President Obama remarked that the last thing lawmakers should want to do in this economy is raise taxes.

So no, Sen. Kerry, Obamacare is not a good example to use if you’re trying to make the case that Democrats can cut spending without demanding higher taxes. It’s just too bad Meet the Press moderator David Gregory failed to point out that Kerry’s statement was grossly inaccurate, nor did anyone on Morning Joe feel the need to correct Kerry’s factually incorrect statement when re-airing the clip this morning.

If you really want to know why the supercommittee was unable to come to an agreement, American Enterprise Institute’s Jim Pethokoukis has a great post up this morning explaining how the Democrats' tax hike obsession killed the prospects for any deal:

"It’s like the 1990s never happened and the 1970s never stopped happening for the Washington Obamacrats. The U.S. economy faces two screamingly obvious problems: historically slow growth and historically high government spending leading to massive budget deficits. In this way, America is already frighteningly like Greece and Italy.

"Yet Democrats used the SuperCommittee to push a trillion-dollar tax hike and block fundamental entitlement reform. As one GOP aide told Politico, 'If they were willing to go a little further on entitlements, we’d see what we can do on revenues. That was the way it would have to work. What we found was, they needed a trillion-plus in revenues, and weren’t willing to do anywhere near that on entitlements.’”

To read Pethokoukis’s piece in its entirety, which I recommend, click here.

For another good read on what really happened with the supercommittee, check out this morning’s post from Cato’s Dan Mitchell, which explains how claims that Democrats were offering significant spending cuts in exchange for higher taxes is a complete lie and the sequester that everyone in the media is attributing “drastic cuts” to will actually yield at $2 trillion expansion of the federal government over the next decade.

Unfortunately for Americans searching for factual information, Sen. Kerry is not the only high ranking government official to lie about the tax hikes in Obamacare. Earlier this year, Austan Goolsbee, President Obama’s former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, in testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, also lied about the fact that Obamacare imposes more than $500 billion in higher taxes.

As John Adams famously said, “facts are stubborn things.” Apparently there are not too stubborn for the Sunday talk show circuit, or the White House for that matter.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Democrats Getting Tired of Obama

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 14:03 PM

A New York Times article on Monday detailed a change of heart for the “hope and change” fanatics of 2008, specifically t . . .

EPA's Clean Power Bill Irresponsible

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 12:28 PM

Americans can’t afford to let the EPA play at reducing emissions at the cost of further crippling our economy and puttin . . .

Obama's Numbers Dip Under Stagnant Recovery

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 11:26 AM

As Democratic candidates seek to distance themselves from Obama’s sinking ship, they must worry about the diminishing su . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved