Anti-Tax Conservatives Say No to Tax-Increase Deal

doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~ 2012/12/24 22:18:28
In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

"I want conservatives to stay strong," says Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. "Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they get better."

Anti-tax conservatives from every corner of the nation echo her sentiment.

In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, activists said they would rather fall off the cliff than agree to a compromise that includes tax increases for any Americans, no matter how high their income. They dismiss economists' warnings that the automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 could trigger a fresh recession, and they overlook the fact that most people would see their taxes increase if President Barack Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, fail to reach a year-end agreement
It's a concern that does not seem to resonate with conservatives such as tea party activist Frank Smith of Cheyenne, Wyo. He cheered Boehner's failure as a victory for anti-tax conservatives and a setback for Obama, just six weeks after the president won re-election on a promise to cut the deficit in part by raising taxes on incomes exceeding $250,000.

Smith said his "hat's off" to those Republicans in Congress who rejected their own leader's plan.

"Let's go over the cliff and see what's on the other side," the blacksmith said. "On the other side" are tax increases for most Americans, not just the top earners, though that point seemed lost on Smith, who added: "We have a day of reckoning coming, whether it's next week or next year. Sooner or later the chickens are coming home to roost. Let's let them roost next week."

It's not just tea party activists who want Republicans in Washington to stand firm.
"If it takes us going off a cliff to convince people we're in a mess, then so be it," South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said. "We have a president who is a whiner. He has done nothing but blame President Bush. It's time to make President Obama own this economy."

Conservative opposition to compromise with Obama does not reflect the view of most Americans, according to recent public opinion polls.

A CBS News survey conducted this month found that 81 percent of adults wanted Republicans in Congress to compromise in the current budget negotiations to get a deal done rather than "stick to their positions even if it means not coming to an agreement." The vast majority of Republicans and independent voters agreed.

Overall, 47 percent in the poll said they blamed Republicans in Congress more than Obama and Democrats for recent "difficulties in reaching agreements and passing legislation in Congress." About one-quarter placed more blame on the Democrats and 21 percent said both were responsible.

"If we have to endure the pain of the cliff then so be it," said Mark Anders, a Republican committeeman for Washington state's Lewis County. "While it may spell the end of the Republican Party ... at least we will force the government to cut and cut deep into actual spending."

Back where the Boston Tea Party protest took place in 1773, Morabito wonders whether Boehner will survive the internal political upheaval and says Republicans need to unite against Obama.

"It looked like from the very beginning they were just going to cave to what President Obama wanted," she said of the GOP. "I didn't want that to happen. Now I'm hopeful that they're standing up for taxpaying Americans."

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  • perch38 2012/12/31 19:09:30
    If you don't raise taxes where will the needed money come from????
  • lolly 2012/12/27 10:10:28
    If the GOP is really for less tax then they should back Congressional relief for 98% of the People. Otherwise they are hypocrites, saying they are for less taxes but allowing the automatic higher tax rates. But if they want to pay more taxes across the board , let them. it will help pay off the deficit faster. But Obama will have to put more people on food stamps after they pay their share of the federal taxes taxes in 2013. I guess the GOP likes paying more taxes. they won't be laughing when poor folks start showing up at their doors for food if food stamps are stopped . The rich will have to get higher walls around their onclaves. It might be necessary to get breakless glass on one's car.
  • doofieg... lolly 2012/12/27 11:06:01
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    I Think you have your parties confused.
  • abubincrazy 2012/12/24 23:44:14
    This impending economic crater is just another leftist tool to destroy America.
    Obama and his cohorts are to blame.
  • mal 2012/12/24 22:30:26
  • doofieg... mal 2012/12/31 19:20:46 (edited)
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    never mind, it won't work!
  • mal doofieg... 2012/12/31 20:10:15
    try it again
  • doofieg... mal 2013/01/02 11:02:10
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    I meant my reply to you wouldn't post. Don't remember what it was now.

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