By Ali Frick
Bucking his own party, President Obama initiated a bipartisan federal deficit commission earlier this year that would examine conservatives’ pet issue. But don’t worry — conservatives don’t actually want to take action to reduce the deficit:
Conservatives are pressuring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to send a message to President Barack Obama’s deficit commission by saying he opposes any tax increases.
One group said the senator faces “political suicide” if he doesn’t take a strong stance against increased taxes. [...]
“Everybody knows I’m a tax cutter and not a tax increaser, so the odds are that I probably couldn’t support something that would increase taxes, especially given the amount of spending going on,” said Hatch.
Perhaps the best quote in the article comes from the executive vice president of the right-wing National Taxpayers Union: “It makes sense for [Hatch] to come out with a clear position now, especially since the commission has already met twice.” Yes, Hatch needs to have a firm and unmovable position before engaging in these discussions.
How is it that fundamentally unserious people — people who do not want to govern and have no business governing — keep running for and winning governing office?
And this is supposed to be Right’s intellectual powerhouse?
Gingrich pressed for tax cuts and government spending cuts, which he said would help spur the economy and balance the federal budget. He declined to specify federal programs he would cut. “I think you have to rethink the entire federal government, just as you have to rethink the entire state government,” he said.