Club for Growth's Chocola: Sequestration Certain Now

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 07:09 PM

By Bill Hoffman

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Sequestration is a virtual certainty, according to Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, who says top Republicans tell him across-the-board spending cuts on March 1 can no longer be prevented.

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“We’ve been assured by several members of the House in leadership positions that sequestration will happen. I won’t believe it until I see it, but we think it’s a good thing,’’ Chocola told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

“We think it starts to at least stall the road to suffocating in debt. It actually does reduce spending, it actually does reduce what they call the base lines. Future spending would be lower. All Republicans have to do is sit there and let it happen.’’

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Chocola, whose group is a national network of Americans who believe prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom, said he was not surprised at the massive spending proposals called for in the State of the Union address.

“It’s nothing new, it’s the same song we’ve heard the president sing since he got inaugurated back in 2009,’’ Chocola said.

“The American people are smart enough to understand that you can’t have government solutions for every problem that we have and it doesn’t cost any money. So hopefully the Republicans in the house will basically do nothing, which means none of these programs will be put in place.’’

Asked by Malzberg whether that lack of action could be detrimental to the GOP in keeping the House in the midterms and gaining the seats in the Senate, Chocola suggests it’s the lesser of two evils.

“I don’t think it can be nearly as detrimental as Republicans continuing to not do what Republicans are supposed to do,’’ he said.

“Republicans, all of them run on the message of limited government, fiscal responsibility, reduce the debt and deficit …’’

Chocola said he is also very concerned about the president’s proposal to hike taxes.

“The fact is you can’t raise taxes like the president wants to do and solve this problem,’’ he said.

“You can confiscate the net worth of every man, woman and child in this country, you can take away their bank accounts and take away their houses, you can take away their cars, everything they own and you’re still about 30 percent short of paying for the promises that we’ve already made.’’

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