It wasn’t the best of times, it was becoming worse. Most of the Republicans in the Senate and over 50 in the House voted to increase the U.S. National Debt by $4 Trillion. These Republicans surrendered.
Republicans will argue that they kept taxes from being raised on 97% of Americans. That’s the exact same argument that President Barry Soetero crows about. Republicans restored the Bush Tax Cuts, except for Americans being paid over $400k. So, they agreed to the principle of class warfare that Obama ran on. Republicans abandoned the Republican principle of no new taxes – and no raising tax rates.
The Republicans could have passed permanent tax cuts – originated in the House of Representatives – and sent them on the Senate and been done. They would have done their Constitutional duty. The Senate Republicans would have been outvoted, the bill killed, and the Bush Tax Cuts eliminated. The very tax cuts that Obama and the Democrats blame for the Great Recession.
The impact of more taxes and the new Obamacare taxes would be devastating to the economy. The taxes the Republicans passed and the new Obamacare taxes will be damaging to the economy. If the Republicans had done their duty, they could have kept on introducing across-the-board permanent tax cuts. The Democrats could negotiate from the Republican position – to less tax cuts – instead of the Republicans negotiating from the Democrat position of more tax hikes.
Instead, too many Republicans surrendered.
Too many Republicans surrendered principles, practical politics, media position, the narrative, respect and the moral high ground.
The most immoral aspect of this surrender is this: the fact that it mattered to average Americans. The fact that a single vote of the Congress can change the economy is immoral. The fact that the Federal Government’s taxing power is so great that average Americans have to care what the vote is – is immoral.
The moral wrong is that much power is held by so few over so many about such important things in Americans’ personal property, life, and liberty.
Republicans, it’s time to stop surrendering.