Obama's 'Fiscal Commission' Has One Goal: to Raise Taxes

Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 08:22 AM

By Grover Norquist

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Today, the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the fifth time. The stated purpose of this meeting was to hear from budget experts on ways to cut spending.

However, the Fiscal Commission has failed to initiate any efforts to decrease the unsustainable size of government since it began meeting six months ago. Instead, it continues to hold vacuous meetings to hide its actual intent — to raises taxes to fuel government growth.

The Fiscal Commission has allowed Congress and the president to punt on the unsustainable fiscal environment they have created with explosive spending.

Without passing a budget or any appropriations bills for the coming fiscal year, Congress hopes to adjourn today and leave the Fiscal Commission to run out the clock before the November elections.

But no reforms are expected until December, providing the perfect cover for the largest tax hike in history that is slated to take effect Jan. 1.

Like its commander-in-chief, the president’s Fiscal Commission isn’t listening.

I gave the Fiscal Commission 14 different ways to cut spending back in June. They have failed to act on any of these suggestions, despite the fact that many of these solutions were simple, common-sense steps to cutting inefficiencies and waste.

Talking about cutting spending, as the president as done for the past two years, and actually doing it, are two very different things.

Taxpayers are sick of only seeing the former.

Holding another meeting without initiating any practical solutions shows the Fiscal Commission is serious about one thing and one thing only — providing political cover for this president and Congress who want to raise taxes on families and small employers.

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