Rand Paul: Let The Democrats Eat Tax Hikes

What would happen if we let the Democrats have their way on the fiscal cliff?

Many people think this is a crazy idea and that conservatives need to continue negotiations, but what if we let President Obama have his tax hikes? House conservatives should give him what he wants and see where it takes him.

Rand Paul made this point last night on Larry Kudlow:

“I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase.”

And we should let them own it.

Raising taxes on our nation’s job creators is the worst thing to do in a sluggish economy. Taking money out of the private sector and placing it into the hands of government bureaucrats will only line their pockets, not create the jobs to get our economy rolling.

House GOP leaders don’t seem to understand this. Speaker Boehner proposed a deal that would confiscate $800 billion dollars–equivelant to 20 million median salary jobs–while only cutting $600 billion from our budget. This is a liberal plan that doesn’t balance our budget, and President Obama still rejected it.

It’s clear that Democrats are only willing to negotiate when it’s on their terms–so why should we fold on our principles for something that will never happen? Rather than helping, it is only hurting our conservative image and making our party look weak and vulnerable.

GOP Congressmen should do one of two things. First, refuse tax increases and demand the real cuts and reforms our country needs. Second, if the Democrats don’t comply with these demands–and they won’t–let them eat their tax hikes by showing up and voting “present”.

This plan will inevitably lead our country into another recession and people will lose their jobs, but there is only one party the American people can blame at that point. Maybe this will open their eyes and lead them to embrace the conservative principles and fiscal responsibility that once allowed America to prosper.

And it would sure take away any chance of the left using their blame-game tactics on us.

But I doubt GOP leaders will ever make such a radical, logical move. Speaker Boehner and other establishment “leaders” will continue being President Obama’s lap dogs by caving on principle and ponying-up liberal deals in the name of “compromise”. But that will continue to get them nowhere.

The left is always looking for the GOP to throw them another bone to use to villainize them–it helps them stay in power. If Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders in the house keep allowing the Democrats to play these games, we will never win the battle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look promising.

 

By Celia Bigelow, American Majority Action