Monday, July 28, 2008

Read our lips Senator McCain - "NO NEW TAXES"

John McCain is not my favorite candidate for president, not by a long shot.  He's no conservative but compared to Barack Obama, he's Barry Goldwater.

But in McCain's continuing effort to "move to the middle" and appeal to "moderates," he's throwing another conservative principle under the bus.  Throughout the primary season, McCain has pledged not to raise taxes.  Now, he's hedging.  An Associated Press story today quotes the nominee as saying, "I don't want tax increases.  But that doesn't mean that anything is off the table."

When politicians tell you that tax increases are not off the table, keep a tight grip on your wallet.

Senator McCain, I don't think that Barry would approve.


Dameon said...

A pledge not to raise taxes is a pledge to break a pledge. No one can predict what's going to happen over the next 4 or 8 years. The first thing the next president (and the next Congress) needs to do is cut spending. But if you can't get spending down far enough, we can't keep running a deficit like we have been either. Federal income will need to go up to meet it, whether that be by tariffs, excise taxes, or some other yet to be invented income source. Personally, I prefer the Constitution Party's solution.

But, at this point, taking anything 'off the table' would be an empty promise.

I applaud his honesty.

St. Louis Conservative said...

A pledge not to raise taxes is only a pledge to break a pledge if you're a dishonest individual. And most politicians may be. But, Americans are not under-taxed - our economy couldn't handle a tax increase - and increasing taxes could, though deepening economic woes, actually decrease federal government revenues. Also, if tax increases are on the table, spending cuts from our friends in Washington are much less likely.