Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this week, speaking to the “SuperCommittee,” said “I think there is room for revenues…” His saving grace may be saying that new revenues would not come from raising taxes but from tax reform, but the quote the Liberal media will parrot loud and often, from now to the election, is “I think there is room for revenues…” Smitty at The Other Cain suggests it might be time for a “second major” political party. I’m suggesting at least it’s time for a new Speaker.
The comment was significant because Boehner and other Republican leaders have repeatedly insisted that tax increases are off the table, and most Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a “taxpayer protection pledge” vowing not to raise taxes.
That pledge was devised by Americans for Tax Reform, an advocacy group run by Grover Norquist, whom Boehner dismissed as “some random person in America” when he was asked about Norquist today. Later in the day, Boehner revised his comments.
“What I was attempting to do,” he said, grinning, “was to suggest that Mr. Norquist, like millions of Americans, believes that raising taxes is not good for our economy.”
Boehner insisted that Republicans would only compromise on tax revenue if Democrats were willing to take significant and painful steps to shore up Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “Without real reform on the entitlement side, I don’t know how you put any revenue on the table.”
He said any new tax revenue would not come from raising rates but from overhauling the tax code, sweeping out loopholes and deductions in order to reduce individual and corporate rates.
Without voicing any opinion about Grover Norquist, Boehner should avoid referring to anyone as a “random person.” No matter how you feel about Norquist and his organization, our Nation’s leaders are foolish to denigrate anyone as “random.” The media has staked their claim to such unworthy character assassination. Let them have it.