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Mark Shields: Republicans Haven't Raised Taxes in 21 Years 'And That Is Irresponsible'
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 7, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 07/07/2012 2:29:24 PM PDT by Kaslin

Liberal media's love for higher taxes is a thing of legends.

On Inside Washington Friday, PBS's perpetually pandering pundit Mark Shields told viewers that since 1991, "21 years, Republicans have not voted for a single broad-based tax increase, and that’s become the theology of the party, the ideology of the party, the definition of the party, and that is irresponsible" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Mark Shields: Republicans Haven't Raised Taxes in 21 Years 'And That Is Irresponsible'

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Obama has to defend the policies he’s instituted. Five trillion dollars of debt added leaving us with a 1.7 percent economic expansion. That is a disaster. I think, yes, the Romney argument is not lies. The argument is…

NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: [Laughs]

KRAUTHAMMER: ...you conducted a Keynesian experiment – here’s the argument - and it did not succeed, because it sprinkled all this money on programs, crony capitalism and government jobs, which is not the key to growth, and that’s the major distinction between the policies of the Left and the Right, Democrats and Conservatives.

MARK SHIELDS, PBS: Well we do all of this equal time of who’s at fault, I just point out one thing: George Herbert Walker Bush dared to raise taxes in 1991. Since that action, 21 years, Republicans have not voted for a single broad-based tax increase, and that’s become the theology of the party, the ideology of the party, the definition of the party, and that is irresponsible.

First off, Bush 41 didn't raise taxes in 1991. He did it in 1990.

Liberal media members can't even get their facts straight about their beloved tax hikes.

Not surprisingly, Shields also ignored Bush lost the two years later almost exclusively because he went against his campaign promise to not raise taxes.

Even more disgraceful, media members such as Shields who publicly bludgeoned Bush into raising taxes hammered him the following year for doing so thereby assisting Bill Clinton's effort to unseat him.

Such inconvenient truths always seem to get left out of press discussions concerning the 1991 tax hike.

Also missing was how Walter Mondale in 1984 for all intents and purposes lost the election that year the day he told the nation during a debate with President Reagan that he was going to raise taxes.

The fact of the matter is that only the Left and their media minions want higher taxes; the vast majority of Americans don't.

But that doesn't prevent folks such as Shields from calling it irresponsible.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: markshields; pbs; whowatchespbs
No you idiot, it is not
1 posted on 07/07/2012 2:29:41 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Republicans Haven’t Raised Taxes in 21 Years ‘And LIBERALS THINK That Is Irresponsible

That should be a 24/7 TV commercial.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 2:34:02 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Kaslin

“..First off, Bush 41 didn’t raise taxes in 1991. He did it in 1990...”

Yes, and what many folks forget is that it was part of a deal with the democrats. They would cut spending by a certain unrecalled amount and he would agree to raise taxes. He held up his part, they did not. Then they used the taxes to beat him in the general election. The democrats have always snookered Republicans in deals like this - crafty bunch.


3 posted on 07/07/2012 2:37:08 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kaslin

“Since that action, 21 years, Republicans have not voted for a single broad-based tax increase,”

..and your point is? Is it Un-american to NOT raise taxes, Panty Sheilds?


4 posted on 07/07/2012 2:38:12 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

So the liberals are admitting that the goal is to slowly jack up the rates over time so that they get everything?


5 posted on 07/07/2012 2:42:56 PM PDT by ImpeachRoberts
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To: Kaslin

F You M Shields, You J*rk off.


6 posted on 07/07/2012 2:44:52 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Kaslin

This site spends a lot of time blasting Republicans - often justifiably - but 21 years of not voting for tax increases is commendable.


7 posted on 07/07/2012 2:45:57 PM PDT by karnage
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To: elpadre

Crafty?

Defined (for Democrats) pledging your honor and defaulting.


8 posted on 07/07/2012 2:46:52 PM PDT by lag along
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To: Kaslin

An idiot thing to say; but, then, Mark Shields is an idiot.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 2:53:08 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kaslin

Democrats haven’t cut taxes since Kennedy. They raised them to 90 percent, then made little cuts here and there. Only Republicans cut them, and they didn’t ever do it enough.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 3:18:04 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Kaslin
So Mark Shields just stated that all tax increases since 1990 are the responsibility of the Democrats. Thanks, now lets see how this campaign ad goes;

"Liberal Democrat admits the truth, GOP does not raise taxes, Democrats do!"

11 posted on 07/07/2012 3:23:00 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: Kaslin

Question for Mark Maxi Shields: Did the fact that President George
Herbert Walker Bush raised taxes cause you to vote to re-elect him
in 1992? Thought so.


12 posted on 07/07/2012 3:32:20 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Kaslin

I see Mr. Shields has not stopped drinking...


13 posted on 07/07/2012 3:35:24 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: elpadre
I don't know if it was a deal or not. What I recall is that they forced him to renege on his promise and since the rats had the majority in both houses he had no other choice then to go along with it.

Anyone who thinks he could have vetoed it better think again

14 posted on 07/07/2012 3:38:53 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

If a tax rate was appropriate 21 years ago, why should it not be appropriate today? Why should it be assumed that taxes must always increase?

Besides, the Republicans don’t need to raise taxes. We have Democrats to do that!


15 posted on 07/07/2012 3:44:15 PM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: karnage

Those are third party members who blast republicans because their party and candidates don’t have any chances


16 posted on 07/07/2012 3:44:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

What is irresponsible, Mr. Shields, is Democrats spending more and more and more.
How many years has it been since the Democrats ceased to increase their spending?
That needs to be the focus of the discussion.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 3:45:35 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Kaslin

BTW, Republicans... If you raise taxes, we will toss you out on your ass so fast, you won’t have time to pack. It doesn’t matter who you are. You raise taxes, you’re gone.

Just in case you were wondering on that point...


18 posted on 07/07/2012 3:49:25 PM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wiser now

Yes, this clip is a fabulous endorsement of Republicans, up and down the ticket! Thanks, Mark Shields!


19 posted on 07/07/2012 3:50:03 PM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Kaslin

Mitt Romney will solve that problem for you, Mark. He’ll make you proud.


20 posted on 07/07/2012 3:55:51 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kaslin
Taxes are too high... spending is too high... cut spending, cut the size of government... increase efficiency and productivity, outlaw public sector unions... quit lying and cut taxes! Do you think that requesting dims to commit suicide would be bad form?

LLS

21 posted on 07/07/2012 4:03:41 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Kaslin

And the last time the Democrats wanted to raise taxes was 21 half lives of a Higgs Boson ago.


22 posted on 07/07/2012 4:04:40 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Kaslin
So, Marky, are tax rates supposed to steadily rise until they reach 100%?

We ought to say "the government may collect X% of the GDP in taxes each year."

It is immoral reason for the government to confiscate an ever-increasing percentage of GDP.

It reduces the feral government to little more than a street mugger.

23 posted on 07/07/2012 4:26:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Kaslin
So, allowing the economy to grow and thus increase revenue to the Treasury is "irresponsible"?

Zowie!

24 posted on 07/07/2012 4:38:11 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Kaslin
Even more disgraceful, media members such as Shields who publicly bludgeoned Bush into raising taxes hammered him the following year for doing so thereby assisting Bill Clinton's effort to unseat him.

And Bush let himself be played for a sucker
That was more disgraceful

And even more disgraceful was the "Chip off the Old Block" learning nothing and getting rolled by the democrats
25 posted on 07/07/2012 4:53:09 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Kaslin
Mark Shields: Republicans Haven't Raised Taxes in 21 Years 'And That Is Irresponsible'

Mark, you effing a-hole, which is least irresponsible,

a. not raising tax rates to accommodate ever greater government expenditure,
b. increasing government expenditure far, far in excess of existing revenue streams,
c. setting tax rates in such a way as to generate the maximum amount of tax revenue at the lowest possible harm to the private economy,
d. limiting federal expenditure to Constitutionally-allowable spending and then reducing tax rates to reduce revenue to match that level of legitimate spending.

The Republicans have more often been in favor of a, c, and d. The Democrats, at least since the 1960s, have never been in favor of anything but b.
26 posted on 07/07/2012 5:11:05 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Kaslin

Yet Bush 41 had to go for raising taxes. They weren’t saying how responsible Bush was then, they said it was reason enough to be fired.

Bottom line - never listen to libs as to what you need to do, they’ll always find some reason to turn you into that moment’s worst person in the world and demonize you.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kaslin
listen stooopid... the RATS raise them enough for BOTH parties
28 posted on 07/07/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lag along
OK - change to “nefarious and sinister.”
29 posted on 07/07/2012 5:37:54 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

You said it and the gist of it all is, liberals are evil


30 posted on 07/07/2012 6:18:25 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

“You said it and the gist of it all is, liberals are evil.”

You forgot psychotic and adolescent.

IMHO


31 posted on 07/08/2012 5:29:41 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Norm Lenhart

and no one countered this garrulous fool by pointing out how much tax revenue INCREASED during those 21 years?

Especially how much tax revenue INCREASED after the “Bush tax cuts” of 2001?


32 posted on 07/08/2012 5:58:45 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Kaslin
"By 2003, Mr. Bush grasped this lesson. In that year, he cut the dividend and capital gains rates to 15 percent each, and the economy responded. In two years, stocks rose 20 percent. In three years, $15 trillion of new wealth was created. The U.S. economy added 8 million new jobs from mid-2003 to early 2007, and the median household increased its wealth by $20,000 in real terms.

But the real jolt for tax-cutting opponents was that the 03 Bush tax cuts also generated a massive increase in federal tax receipts. From 2004 to 2007, federal tax revenues increased by $785 billion, the largest four-year increase in American history. According to the Treasury Department, individual and corporate income tax receipts were up 40 percent in the three years following the Bush tax cuts. And (bonus) the rich paid an even higher percentage of the total tax burden than they had at any time in at least the previous 40 years. This was news to theNew York Times, whose astonished editorial board could only describe the gains as a “surprise windfall.”


Unfortunately, Mr. Bush allowed Congress to spend away those additional tax revenues. The fact is that the increase in tax revenues that flowed from the ‘03 tax cuts could have paid for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then some but for rampant discretionary domestic spending"

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/3/bush-tax-cuts-boosted-federal-revenue/
33 posted on 07/08/2012 6:05:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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