“Howard Dean: ‘The Truth Is Everybody Needs To Pay More Taxes, Not Just The Rich’”
Here. I’m posting this especially for slippyshod. Behold!
“The only problem is — and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is — the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it’s a good start. But we’re not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if we don’t do that, the problem is the pressure is going to be on spending even more.”
If you watch the video, Dean goes on to say that he thinks going over the fiscal cliff is a better option than making a deal — as it returns us to the Clinton-era rates that as I pointed out not too long ago should be spun as giving the Democrats everything they wanted: higher taxes on the wealthy, the Clinton-era tax rates, and cuts in defense spending. Make them own it.
Howard Dean has just given John Boehner the cover he needs to make precisely the argument I suggested the Republicans make: “elections have consequences,” the GOP leadership should say, “and we will honor the previous deal we made with the President over the debt ceiling. However, we think it’s a terrible idea to raise taxes in a struggling economy — a belief that Obama himself shared not too very long ago.”
Then, after the tax hikes hit, the House GOP — under what I hope will be new leadership — should begin introducing actual tax rate cuts across the board, with rate cuts higher in the two “middle class” brackets, as a way to jump start the economy and bring back those private sector jobs that are disappearing at an alarming rate even before the onerous new tax rates Democrats pushed for, and even before all the new taxes and compliance costs of ObamaCare kick in.
They should sell those cuts as championing the middle class.
I repeat: Howard Dean has just articulated the real Democratic Party desire. Use it. Repeat it. And most importantly, let them have it by honoring your prior deal and pointing out that even Howard Dean, a noted national progressive, doesn’t think Democrats should be cutting a deal to prevent us from going over the hyperbolic and largely fictional “fiscal cliff.”
There’s the path, boys, and it is an obvious one. Which means, of course, there’s not a chance Boehner and Cantor, et al., will take it. Frankly, they want a bigger government — and besides, they’re too busy taking on conservatives to do battle with Democrats…