Do you want to know why our Congress is gridlocked? It is because of people like (soon to be former) Congressman Guinta. In conversation about the possibility of increasing taxes on the people who make $250,000 or more, he told the NH Union Leader
“I cannot see a scenario where I vote to raise rates”
Really Congressman, there is no senario where you would raise taxes? The is the TEA Party mentality that has gridlocked our Congress for two years now. This could also be why Congressman Guinta will not be returning to Washington DC in January.
At least Congressman Bass is willing to consider the idea (though his is not likely to support it). He signed a letter to fellow members stating that
“all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table.”
Congressman Guinta is trying (poorly) to turn this back on the President.
“Shame that the President has positioned this as raising taxes on a certain class of people rather than talking about cutting taxes for the middle class.”
The problem that Congressman Guinta does not seem to understand is that we are talking about taxes on the ‘middle class’. If we go over the so called ‘fiscal cliff’ then the middle class would see an increase in their taxes by $2000 dollars.
Even seven term Congressman Bass can see the writing on the wall. The President wants the Republicans to agree to the tax cuts for the middle class and increases on the wealthy. If the House Republicans do not agree Bass knows what will happen.
“the alternative is have everybody’s taxes go up and then the President comes back in late January and says, ‘I’m going to offer the American people the biggest tax cut in American history,’ and it’s going to be exactly the tax cut he wants (for the middle class) now.”
Personally I am not in favor of this idea (though it would be as effective) and here is why. If we let the tax cuts expire and the push a tax cut for the middle class then all of the Norquist Pledge zombies can still walk around saying ‘I did not agree to a tax increase and stand by my pledge.’ No I want to see them actually WORK TOGETHER with the Democrats and make something happen.
The only people who are not willing to compromise are these TEA Party / Norquist Pledge Republicans who oppose any tax increase no matter what cuts come with them. This is wrong! I hope we see a deal before the end of the year, but I want the President to stand firm on his 2% tax hike. Even if that means I have to jump of the imaginary, completely fabricated, fiscal cliff.