GOP Rep: Republicans Saying We Don’t Need More Revenue Are ‘Not Dealing With Reality’ | As the GOP co-chair of the debt reduction super committee says he won’t accept a single “penny” in new revenues, at least one Republican lawmakers is acknowledging the fact that government revenues are at a 60-year low and need to be raised. Speaking on the House floor yesterday, freshman Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) — whose election was aided by the backing of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and the NRCC — said any Republican who doesn’t understand that revenue levels are too low is “not dealing with reality“:
RIGELL: Now, to my Republican colleagues, let’s look at the other side. Historically, we’ve been around 18 percent, plus or minus, revenue as a percent of gross domestic product. And right now, we’re less than 15 percent. That, too, is a problem. Any Republican who will not admit to this or to confront it and discuss it head on, is not dealing with reality. These are the numbers. It’s not how you feel. It’s where the numbers lead us. We need to be a leadership team here, a body that respects, seeks out, and is guided by the facts.
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