Despite his declaration that the Senate “needs to get off their ass,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have opened up the possibility of negotiations on real tax reform.
Of course, tax committee chairmen Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) are deep into negotiations to come up with workable ideas to reform our tax system. So Boehner’s comments today weren’t totally out of the blue.
But Boehner may realize the key to a grand bargain is as much in revamping our tax system as it is in the Tea Party’s slash and burn politics. As much as the Republicans love to repeat “we have a spending problem,” the smart ones know deep down that we have a revenue problem too.
The GOP in Congress has already lost three rounds of the fight for a balanced budget.
In December they agreed to raise taxes with no "quid pro quo". This year, they agreed to suspend the debt ceiling and finally delayed the sequestration until March. Unfortunately, as is usually the case with President Obama, the Republicans got nothing in exchange for compromising their fiscal principles.
February 15, 2013, 06:39 pm
By A.B. Stoddard, columnist, The Hill
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) admitted earlier this week, in a press briefing before the State of the Union, that Republicans are no longer committed to pushing tax reform this year because the effort might be a waste of time.
"There's a debate going on about whether we can get to the kind tax reform we want given the outcome of the election," Boehner said, adding that the GOP would "love" to simplify the code and lower rates for all. Yet, in doubting the end result, Boehner is questioning the merits of the effort, and asked "why go through all of that effort if it isn't going anywhere, or why go through that effort if the outcome would be unacceptable?"
Tonight, we will hear President Obama give a defense of big-government liberalism and make an argument that growing government is good for America. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Almost 1 in 6 Americans depends upon the government for food assistance. To put the enormity of this dependency into perspective, the number of people on food stamps is more than the combined populations of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Or in political terms, the astonishing number of food stamp recipients equates to 74 electoral votes.
I was intrigued with Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins University Dr. Ben Carson's perspective on tithing and our tax system during his recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast.
The reason that tithing is such a fair way to tax people is because it's proportional. As soon as you move away from proportional taxing, ideology takes over. As a result, ideology is, quite frankly, arbitrary and depends upon the flavor of the month.