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  • Rep. Dave Schweikert: Tax Increases Won't Solve Debt Crisis

    Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) attempted on Tuesday to explain the debt debate — how the budget gap should be closed — in terms everyone can understand.

    Schweikert noted on the House floor that proposals to deal with the deficit from President Obama and other liberals — such as ending tax breaks for corporate jets (though not the ones included in the stimulus), letting existing tax rates for higher income Americans expire, and exempting five oil companies from the domestic production tax credit — would get us about half an hour through the day.

    Schweikert’s presentation was cheeky, but his point is a good one: tax hikes alone cannot balance the budget. Spending cuts and reforms to entitlement programs can. Therefore, any inclusion of tax hikes is less a deficit reduction strategy than an effort to secure support from the left.

    But many on the left are couching their desire to raise taxes in the language of deficit reduction, demonstrating the extent to which, as Schweikert put it, “the left is living in a fantasy world.”

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Rep. Dave Schweikert: Tax Increases Won't Solve Debt Crisis

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Nor would increasing the debt ceiling. Only cutting the size and scope of the government will give this country a chance.

    2. Bobbie says:

      tax increases won't solve debt crisis and either will it's creator, the democrat party. Advertise the jobs these areas provide that Obama is targeting to punish…

    3. HerbK says:

      "Therefore, any inclusion of tax hikes is less a deficit reduction strategy than an effort to secure support from the left." So what if it doesn't go very far towards a balanced budget and only takes away an excuse and gripe from the liberals ? Is there a meaningful argument in favor of retaining oil company tax subsidies in these times of huge oil profits ? Are we really afraid they would raise gas prices to retaliate ? If so, can't some phone calls from B.O. and congressional leaders convince them not to go down that path, or else ?

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