Monday, December 10, 2012
On one of the Sunday shows:
SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the party of just almost as high taxes.
LARRY KUDLOW, CNBC: Some people have called that the doomsday scenario. Others have said, 'Look, it's a strategic retreat on the Republicans' behalf.' WWould you vote present for that in the Senate if that came up?
RAND PAUL: Yes, I don't think we have to in the Senate. In the House, they have to because the Democrats don't have the majority. In the Senate, I'm happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.
I totally concur.
The latest idiocy being touted by certain establishment Republicans is to offer the president his tax hikes because then, we can get to entitlement reform and close tax loopholes.
That's exactly the way to put Republican fingerprints on what's coming.
I can just hear the media and the Democrats now..'you Republicans want to take healthcare and social security away from people.. Why? What's wrong with you?'
And if the GOP has any hand in new tax regulations, do the Republican congressmen really think that the media is going to blame Obama and not them when things cave? At best, the talking point will be that it was bipartisan and thus can't be blamed on Obama and the Democrats. If any one doubts that, look at how the insane spending in the last two years of the Bush presidency when the Democrats controlled both houses of congress became 'Bush's fault'.
The GOP should make a strong, very public and well publicized statement disagreeing with every aspect of this, make sure the American people know that President Obama owns this and vote present.
Just do it, and have some courage for once.