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August 12, 2011

The Iowa debate

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 7:35 pm
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The big story out of last night’s Republican debate in Iowa was the unified response from all eight candidates that they would reject a budget deal consisting of $1 in increased revenues for every $10 of decreased expenses.  Ezra Klein of the Washington Post blogged about the debate, and suggested that gridlock in Washington will be get worse, not better, under a new administration.    As a practical matter, Klein is probably correct in asserting that entitlement reform is not possible without revenue increases.

Of course, one could argue, as Ezra Klein does in his blog, that the candidates are merely posturing –

  • Mitt Romney knows perfectly well that a deal with $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases is a great deal for conservatives. What he probably doesn’t know is how he’s going to explain why he pretended otherwise when he was vying for the nomination.”

As someone who believes in “good government,” I am troubled by primary posturing.  I remember Bush-41 saying, “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”  Although I agreed with his eventual decision to raise taxes, I disagreed with his decision to pledge “no new taxes.”

Romney is now placing himself in the same position.  As a matter of honor, he is saying that he will veto any budget that includes tax increases.  No president candidates should be talking in a way that their honor will limit their ability to govern effectively.  Worse, presidential candidates should not quit making promises that they don’t plan to keep.

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