As details emerge from Congress on the budget deal, there is great reason to be optimistic. The increased fees in the deal are annoying, but the package is one that fellow conservatives should support.
On a grading scale, I would give it a B-plus. I wish they had replaced the fees with real spending cuts, but it's a good deal.
Democrats wanted three things and got none of them. They wanted $1.4 trillion in tax increases, including an increase in the income tax. They got none of it. They wanted the complete end of the sequester. That didn't happen, and the sequester won't go away. And they wanted to ratchet up spending limits. That didn't happen. And the spending cuts are real cuts because the change is in the law.
Paul Ryan was pivotal in the negotiations. He is a hero. He made all the difference. He went up against the Democrats and came out with something good.
Skeptics should just consider that, by agreement, the federal government will spend less than it did before. That's pretty good.
The tea party deserves praise for the sequester here as well. The spending limits were put into place that the president was forced to agree to in August of 2011. And tea party pressure resulted in no new taxes. Critical. That was important.
The Republican Party, particularly under George W. Bush, forgot stop spending so much of other people's money.
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals, and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. The coalition organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. Read more reports from Grover Norquist — Click Here Now.
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