Republicans Should 'Raise' Tax Rates Now
It turns out that the Obama Administration is deliberately making these sequestration "cuts" as painful as possible for the American people. And no matter what Bob Woodward says, Obama and the rest of the MSM will continue to blame the sequestration and any subsequent unrelated negative economic news on Republicans. So perhaps Republicans should just throw in the towel and hold a press conference to announce that they are now all in favor of Obama's "balanced" approach which includes more tax revenue. Please hear me out before throwing the nearest heavy object at your computer screen.
Those who get their "news" from NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and the rest of the administration's propaganda wing may think ("feel" would be a better word) that sequestration has brought about actual cuts in government spending. But these so-called "cuts" are nothing more than reductions in the rate of spending growth. If some department was going to receive a 10% increase in spending but will now only get a 3% increase, this is called a 7% "cut" (by axe no less) in Washington-speak. In other words, all this "misery" is being manufactured over the government spending more money than was spent in the previous year but just not quite as much more as was originally anticipated.
By that same token, Republicans should first propose a plan amongst themselves for an across-the-board tax rate cut of 30% but then ultimately settle for just a 15% rate cut. This is where Republicans would need to grow a pair and use the Left's own tactics against them. Using the very same logic as the Democrats, this plan would then be presented to the American people as a 15% tax rate increase and not a cut at all. If Republicans announced that they would be proposing a tax rate "increase," with details to follow, they would surely have the full attention of an elated news media.
So how could anyone possibly present this kind of plan with a straight face as it would clearly constitute an actual tax rate cut? The truth is, thanks to the Democrat/media spin machine, much of America already believes the exact equivalent when it comes to these so-called budget "cuts," so we already know it can be done. The very same people who believe what the Democrats and MSM are telling them about budget "cuts" would also believe the exact same thing about so-called tax "increases" if the Democrat Party and MSM were to suddenly change its tune on taxes. Of course I don't really expect the Democrats or the MSM to do this.
The whole point of this exercise would be to place fictional budget "cuts" side by side with fictional tax rate "increases" in order to bring attention to the Left's own demagoguery. If Republicans were really feeling brave they could even point out the enormous spending increases under Obama and the fact that 2013 is projected to yield a record bumper crop of tax revenue for the Treasury, proving that we have a spending problem and not a revenue problem.
And if the Republicans were really, really feeling brave, while they have the media's attention, they could attempt to articulate the historical fact that real tax rate cuts coupled with real spending restraint (cuts) would create real prosperity for the American people. After all, Democrats do claim that they want more revenue.
Scott blogs at www.politiseeds.com