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Rand Paul: I Won't Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People
CNS News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Susan Jones

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."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: notaxpledge; randpaul; randpaul2016

1 posted on 11/27/2012 8:24:36 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Someone has a spine.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 8:36:28 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

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.


3 posted on 11/27/2012 8:43:52 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: ilgipper

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!


4 posted on 11/27/2012 8:59:15 PM PST by Froggie
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To: VitacoreVision

Do we have anyone that represents conservatives in Congress?


5 posted on 11/27/2012 9:02:50 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: Viennacon

Yes he does and more than that.. true conviction in what he believes and devotion to the constituents he represents.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 9:08:20 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ilgipper

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.””


7 posted on 11/27/2012 9:14:06 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

Bachmann?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 9:22:50 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: VitacoreVision

hear hear !


9 posted on 11/27/2012 10:56:07 PM PST by onona (It's a good day to celebrate life, so I shall !)
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To: VitacoreVision

Rand has the right trajectory.

Small govt. Lawful immigration


10 posted on 11/27/2012 11:02:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Fiscal sanity and common sense. A refreshing quality in a politician. Good for him. I admired that aspect of his father, too.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 11:23:20 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: cableguymn

Yes.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 11:26:41 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: cableguymn
We have 1 representative in all congress and we make up the largest group of all the ideologies

The media is just destroying us

13 posted on 11/27/2012 11:31:56 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: VitacoreVision

Future 2016 GOP presidential nominee???


14 posted on 11/27/2012 11:34:20 PM PST by RginTN
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To: RginTN

I believe I read or hear someplace that he said he would be interested in running in 2016. So, we’ll see what happens.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 12:55:17 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: ilgipper

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.


16 posted on 11/28/2012 3:47:57 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: VitacoreVision

Don’t sweat it Rand, it’s already been broken for you. Come the end of the year, the tax cuts expire.


17 posted on 11/28/2012 4:36:41 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: ilgipper

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.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 4:50:30 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

well. Three. There is Rand and Ron Paul


19 posted on 11/28/2012 11:56:18 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

well. Three. There is Rand and Ron Paul


20 posted on 11/28/2012 11:56:18 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn
If those two would just get off this idea the US created all the problems in the world I would go back to liking them again.

But Paul is leaving congress at the end of the year

21 posted on 11/28/2012 2:25:26 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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