It will be a “disastrous mistake” for Democrats to refuse to extend the Bush tax cuts and not even the “most rabid socialists in the country would think, deep down, that it’s a good idea to punish those who hire people,” Rep. Louie Gohmert told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
The Republican from Texas said to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff, “all we have to do is extend the current tax rates.” He said, “People call them the Bush tax cuts. It’s the current tax rate! And if you want to hurt the economy, even President Obama has known this at one time in his life, that in the middle of a recession going toward a depression, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes and especially raise taxes on those who create jobs. It makes no sense.”
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Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees, said he thinks a compromise on taxes will be reached but he is “tired of all the give coming from the Republican side. It’s like one of our friends up here said, ‘Look, I’ve negotiated a lot of deals before I came to Congress,’ and what I know is, when two people sit down at a table to negotiate, if one of them says they’re not leaving the table under any circumstances until a deal is cut, then that person will lose the negotiation and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
“We’ve been losing the negotiation and we haven’t done what America dramatically needs and that is cuts in this runaway spending,” he said.
Gohmert went on, “Back in 2008 Nancy Pelosi was speaker, Harry Reid was Majority Leader in the 2008 Senate and they passed the appropriations they wanted. And I don’t remember anybody complaining in 2008 that Congress was not spending enough money. Why can we not agree to just cut out a trillion dollars in spending that this administration added and just go back to the budget of 2008? That ought to be the compromise.”
Turning to immigration and crime, Gohmert, who is also the vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said Americans “ought to be furious” after a report the Judiciary Committee issued on Tuesday saying that tens of thousands of illegal immigrants released through the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program went on to commit more crimes – including charges of 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes.
“They have a president stand up and tell this country that ‘I’ve done more to secure these borders. These borders are more secure than ever before,’” Gohmert said. “Clearly over and over this president shows he does not understand history. If you want to really commit to protect our borders you do what Woodrow Wilson did back around 1916. You had Pancho Villa and his thugs come across and kill Americans…And in response to that, a president who is normally considered to be anything but hawkish ordered General John J. Pershing and thousands of troops to go pursue Pancho Villa.”
“And then he called up a new group called the National Guard and put them on the border to protect our border so that there was no more coming across our border, nobody coming across to hurt Americans,” Gohmert said. “That is securing the border and that’s something this president has not done.”
As for the recent intelligence leaks, Gohmert said “the White House should not be investigating itself. I mean, this president, when he was Senator, said even the thought that a presidency or a Justice Department could investigate itself was ludicrous. And now he ought to apply those same standards because he was right then and it is true now. They should not be investigating themselves.”
Gohmert continued: “We don’t know for sure who it was but there are indications that it most likely came from the White House. And when you have leaked details from a meeting where only a handful of people were there and they’re all top level White House people, there’s a good chance that the leak came from somebody in the White House. And you know, the old judge, the old prosecutor, Chief Justice in me, says, ‘Well, look for a motive. Who has a motive to be gained from these leaks?’ Does Seal Team 6 have anything to gain by this administration going out and saying, ‘it was Seal Team 6 that killed Osama bin Laden?’ Of course they don’t.”
“So what benefit is there to give details about these kind of things? Well the only benefit I can see, it certainly doesn’t benefit those who are outed like Seal Team 6, the only benefit seems to be to a president who is desperate to show that he is a tough, real leader instead and one that learns about Osama bin Laden possibly in August and then waits several months to actually issue the order to go in.”
Back to national politics, Gohmert said the success of tea party candidate Ted Cruz is “a great thing for the country.”
“You know, what we hear from some of these Republican leaders from the national standpoint, some here in Congress, is they are privately concerned that the Tea Party could push us so far we might alienate independent voters,” he said. “What some of our leaders do not understand is, and some of us who are closely associated with Tea Parties and grassroots votes, most of them appear to me to be independents. They could care less about the Republican Party.”
Gohmert concluded that he is “sure going to be getting a Chick-fil-A” on Wednesday. “And think about it! This is a man who started Chick-fil-A who has expressed what President Obama said out in California in a debate out there with Reverend Rick Warren. He [Obama] said no, he believed marriage was between a man and a woman and if he had not said that, there’s a good chance he would never have been elected president, Gohmert said.
“You know during the revolution most people attributed to Voltaire the old saying, ‘I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ Well, nowadays we’ve come so far from those beliefs in the revolution that it’s more like ‘I disagree with what you say. I’m going to destroy you. I hope I get you thrown in jail. I’m going to destroy your livelihood, destroy anything that your family might ever inherit from you because I like to destroy people who disagree with me.’ That is not the basis of our revolution. That’s more like the basis of the French Revolution.”
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