Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Conservative Writer, Former GOP Sen. Criticize Republicans On Revenue

Two of the more reasonable right-leaning voices realize that there is a time to raise tax revenue and close loopholes. Commentator David Brooks took the Republicans to task for their intransigence in debt ceiling negotiations; failure to reach agreement will result in a disastrous default:

If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred billion dollars of revenue increases.

…If the debt ceiling talks fail, independents voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not. If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern. And they will be right.

Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming, slammed his party's refusal to raise revenue and referred to Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist who asks candidates to pledge opposition to all tax increases:

Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson blasted his intransigent GOP colleagues on the Hill today for failing to reach a deal on the deficit. The blunt-talking co-chairman of President Obama’s bipartisan fiscal reform commission slammed Republicans for kowtowing to Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist (“Republicans can’t be in thrall to him”) and pushed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to stand fast on the August 2 deadline. Surveying the lay of the current fiscal land, Simpson said, “We’re at 15 percent revenue, and historically it’s been closer to 20 percent.” He added, “We’ve never had a war without a tax, and now we’ve got two. … Absolute bullshit.”

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