Another Virginia Congressman has turned his back on the Conservatives who put him into office.
Congressman Scott Rigell is now the latest to justify expanding government through tax increases. And he has even adopted the Progressive’s “code word” for tax hikes calling them “revenue enhancements” to blur the truth.
Rigell’s approach is to take away deductions rather than increase the progressive tax rates, which is a distinction without a difference.
Republicans lost the last two presidential elections because Conservatives stayed home. This is exactly the reason they stayed at home.
Somehow, when we enhance revenue, the dollar amounts are always pretty accurate. But the cuts are a different story. The dollars never materialize except in the smoke and mirrors they use to sell Americans on the gimmick.
This proposal from Rigell will not help America one bit, but it will endear him to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor and solidify Scott’s Committee Assignments, giving him immunity from the Conservative Purge being executed by the Republican Leadership.
Prediction: Scott Rigell will be replaced by a Democrat in 2014.
Republicans just don’t get it. They didn’t lose the 2012 elections because they were not enough like big “tax, borrow and spend” liberals. They lost because they were already too much like them.
This is a pity. Rigell has been a pretty descent Congressman up until this point.
Apparently, the Republicans who now concede that the economic ideas of Ronald Reagan of controlling spending and keeping government small and taxes low were all wrong and the Bush Tax Cuts created the economic situation we are now in.
He argues even the most conservative budget proposed by the Republican Study Committee lacks enough spending cuts to prevent long-term deficits. Translation: Keeping the ATR pledge means red ink as far as the eye can see.
“If you said, under a hypothetical scenario, everything the Republicans wanted passed, we’d still have…a structural deficit, and there’d be deficit spending,” he said. “This is mathematically indefensible as a conservative. It violates a conservative core tenet that we’re not going to spend more than we are taking in.”
So rather than attack the real problem, the lack of sponging cuts, Rigell justifies more spending by attacking the tax pledge that simply states government should live within it’s means.
The problem is not insufficient “revenue” in the Republican proposal, it is a leadership deficit in the Republican proposal to live within our means. Businesses and citizens are hurting as a result of too much government.
Rigell was not voted into office on promises to grow government. And any tax increase, no matter what you call it, grows the size of government and feeds the monster.
It is better that we allow sequestration to take effect, even if it means defense cuts in Rigell’s district.
If we wanted to send someone to Washington to raise taxes and spend more money, we would have elected a Democrat. They do that very well.
Congressman Rigell’s proposal is a spineless cop-out no matter how he tries to frame it.