Skip to comments.Rand Paul: I Won't Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People
Posted on 11/27/2012 8:24:19 PM PST by VitacoreVision
Thank you Rand Paul!
(CNSNews.com) - While some Republicans have indicated they may break their no-tax-hike pledge, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not among them:
"I made a pledge to the people of Kentucky that I'm not raising taxes. I took a pledge. I signed a statement, an oath that I wouldn't raise taxes, and I'm going to adhere to it," Sen. Paul told Fox New's Greta Van Susteren Monday night.
In fact, if Paul had his way, he says he'd lower taxes:
"I think you should balance budgets, not spend more than comes in, and I think you should lower taxes, not raise taxes. In fact, if you want to stimulate the economy, I'm for cutting tax revenues. All these Republicans who want to give up their taxpayer pledge and raise taxes, I'm the opposite. I want to lower taxes because that's how we'd get actually more economic growth and maybe more revenue, if you cut tax rates.
Paul says the only way he'd raise tax revenue is through economic growth: "You don't have to raise rates or even close loopholes," he said. "If your economy was growing -- you know, when the economy was growing for four years after the Bush tax cuts, we had plenty of revenue. Revenue went down when the recession came.
"The reason we have a lack of revenue in Washington is too much spending and no economic growth. So we don't have economic growth. If the economy were growing at 4 percent right now, we'd have plenty of revenue. But you don't get the economy to grow by raising taxes. That's what they want to do now, and I think it's absolutely the wrong thing to do."
Paul says it's a "real problem" that some Republicans are caving in to Democrats on raising taxes without any getting any "concrete proposals" to cut spending.
Republicans shouldn't be trading tax hikes for an opportunity to address entitlements, he said: "We're all Americans. The entitlement programs are broken. Why don't we just fix them instead of saying, 'Oh, we have to give you a tax increase in order for you to think about fixing the entitlements.' Doesn't make any sense to me."
Someone has a spine.
Exactly. I don’t see eye to eye with Rand on everything, but he tops my list. He not only has a spine, but a set of proven principles and a set of cajones to go with it.
Finally someone who sees the problem and isn’t afraid to articulate the way forward. Raising taxes on anyone is counterproductive and will in long run decrease federal income as more and more layoffs lead to less wage earners and taxpayors. What happenned to the party of Kennedy who understood that lowering tax rates increases income and opens opportunities for employment.
Unfortunately there will not be enough congressmen and senators with the fortitude of Dr. Rand!
Do we have anyone that represents conservatives in Congress?
Yes he does and more than that.. true conviction in what he believes and devotion to the constituents he represents.
I don’t know what my opinion of Rand Paul will come to be over time, but he was running against Trey Grayson, and when Palin endorsed Paul, I looked at Grayson, and Paul seemed to be a creative, engaged type that would shake things up whereas Grayson was just the typical rino type.
“”Grayson garnered endorsements from Senator Mitch McConnell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Senator Rick Santorum.””
Rand was the tea party guy, “”Paul has secured endorsements from several public figures and political organizations. They include the Downsize DC Foundation, Concerned Women for America, Gun Owners of America, Steve Forbes, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, James Dobson, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Cathy Bailey, Jim Bunning, Erick Erickson, National Federation of Independent Business, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, National Right to Life, US Chamber of Commerce, National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, Mike Huckabee, and Tony Perkins/FRC Action PAC.””
hear hear !
Rand has the right trajectory.
Small govt. Lawful immigration
Fiscal sanity and common sense. A refreshing quality in a politician. Good for him. I admired that aspect of his father, too.
The media is just destroying us
Future 2016 GOP presidential nominee???
I believe I read or hear someplace that he said he would be interested in running in 2016. So, we’ll see what happens.
I wonder when the RINOs will start saying that letting sequestration happen will be like breaking their promise because taxes will go up. I’m sure a few of them will use that twisted logic as they cave (is it really caving when you secretly agree?) to the Dims and their godly Evil Won.
Don’t sweat it Rand, it’s already been broken for you. Come the end of the year, the tax cuts expire.
Add to that he is articulate, informed and doesn’t back down from his view. He doesn’t get tongue tied in interviews, worrying about reporters tripping him up.
well. Three. There is Rand and Ron Paul
well. Three. There is Rand and Ron Paul
But Paul is leaving congress at the end of the year