Skip to comments.JIM DEMINT, LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE?
Posted on 12/04/2012 7:04:35 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The "fiscal cliff" drama presents opportunities for leadership, which is something the Republican Party naturally seeks, following a difficult election loss. Among those bidding for the leadership of the conservative resistance is Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who issued a tough statement about House Speaker John Boehner's instantly rejected compromise proposal:
Speaker Boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny. This isn't rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it. This is why Republicans must oppose tax increases and insist on real spending reductions that shrink the size of government and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.
Big government is the cause of our debt crisis, not the solution. Washington has a spending addiction that is shackling our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt. Conservatives fought for a balanced budget amendment last year precisely because we knew the political establishment in Washington would never stop their tax and spend addiction without it. However, if neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade. We can stop the fiscal cliff with the bill that House Republicans already passed that simply extends the current tax rates and replaces the defense cuts with reductions in wasteful spending.
(Emphases mine.) Curiously, I noticed that a great many media sources quoted the first highlighted passage from DeMint’s statement… but virtually none of them quoted the second part, where he reminds everyone that he put his shoulders behind a plan that really would have solved our deficit crisis, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. At one point during Washington’s previous ”budget ceiling” Muppet show, DeMint said he was only a votes shy of getting Cut, Cap, and Balance through the Senate. It was killed with parliamentary manuevers in the Senate – you know, stuff like the filibuster that becomes a menace to democracy when Republicans do it, but is the very essence of patriotism in Democrat hands.
Cut, Cap and Balance proponents – and their even more dour brethren, the “leave the debt ceiling in place” crew – correctly predicted that Washington’s political machinery would end up producing a meaningless “deal” that didn’t really cut spending, but left us with even more unsustainable debt. They could not have been more correct. The result of the last debt ceiling drama was the Budget Control Act of 2011, which “controlled” the deficit in the same sense that a little kid in seat 34C with a plastic dashboard is “controlling” the airplane he’s riding on.
DeMint also makes a point that more reporters should be asking President Obama and his surrogates: if the national debt is no big deal, and a few billion in spending here and there amounts to mere pocket change, why not just extend the entire Bush tax rate package for another year and have a longer, more serious discussion about what to do next? DeMint has long expressed his misgivings about making historic decisions during the artificially-induced panic of a lame-duck session. Surely Uncle Sam’s credit cards can handle a little more debt, while we take our time to formulate a rational plan and build a national consensus behind it – a process that must inevitably include making those dependent upon government programs comfortable with significant reductions. Running up the national credit card was not even a momentary consideration when it came to passing ObamaCare, was it? That crazy thing blows the deficit even higher with every passing month, but for some reason Democrats only slip on their green eyeshades when it’s time to count the money Americans don’t send to Washington.
Senator DeMint also delivered some solid resistance to the silly notion of a revenue-starved Washington via Twitter on Tuesday, as noted by CNN:
DeMint added his voice to the fray Tuesday morning with a tweet critical of the House Republican proposal, which included an extension of the Bush-era tax breaks as well as accomplishing $2.2 trillion in savings, among them $600 billion in non-entitlement spending cuts and $800 billion in “health savings.”
He tweeted: “Speaker Boehner’s offer of an $800 billion tax hike will destroy jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more.”
The Palmetto State Republican defended his stance, saying, “This federal government doesn’t need more money.”
“This country needs less federal government. We’re gonna be near historic highs of tax revenues in Washington this year. More money than we’ve ever had. So it’s not a revenue problem, it’s a spending problem,” he said.
He chided Republicans, saying “this is not a time to negotiate with ourselves” and describing Obama’s proposal as “outlandish.”
“This is a time to work together where we can, but it’s clear that what Obama wants is not a solution to our deficit problem, because his proposal doesn’t even come close, and it’s not a plan at all,” DeMint said.
DeMint has repeatedly said he doesn’t plan to seek another term in the Senate come 2016, and in the opinion of some observers, has lately sounded a bit more amenable to the idea of running for President instead. The Senate is, at least in theory, more likely to yield a candidate with durable national appeal and fundraising prowess than the House; the current President was a Senator first, after all.
But Senators make the sort of public statements that come back to haunt them, too, and no Republican senator is ever going to get the blank slate handed to Barack Obama when he decided on a White House run. DeMint’s tough talk on the fiscal cliff over the past few days has been tempered by something he said two months, one presidential election, and several political epochs ago, to Bloomberg News:
You cant get a deal with Obama without raising taxes on the producing class of folks, said South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, a leader of the limited-spending Tea Party movement. We might as well cut a deal, he said. If Republicans want to maintain the defense, were going to have to give tax increases to Obama.
Today Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Senates third-ranking Democrat, said DeMints comments may signal an end to congressional gridlock. When Jim DeMint is suddenly open to revenues, you know the tide is turning, said Schumer.
DeMints office didnt immediately return a phone call seeking comment, though a report on Politico.com said DeMint clarified that, while a tax increase would be necessary to get a deal with Obama, he would personally never support it.
It doesn’t really sound as if DeMint’s initial quote – the one that made Chuck Schumer giddy – was just academic speculation about something he would never actually support, since he used phrases like “we might as well cut a deal.” His later clarification, interpreted literally, means he would never cut a deal – he would never agree to the one thing he believes Obama will never stop demanding. At the time, he was talking about avoiding the sequestration defense cuts; he could fairly say that the election, and President Obama’s subsequent irresponsible behavior, has changed the discussion.
It sounds as if DeMint is putting considerable effort into making himself crystal clear on that point. It’s about time someone of stature spoke up loud and clear for the one idea that always works, which is of course the only idea that doesn’t seem to be on the table: cutting taxes, to reduce the burden government places upon the private sector, while trimming the federal government down to something America can actually afford.
Paul Abrams of Huffington Post just posted a critique of DeMint’s above statement here:
Anybody care to respond to this?
Perhaps the most amusing phrase is, “this isn’t rocket science,” although apparently for Mr. DeMint it is. In the very same sentence when he talks about taxes ‘taking money out of the economy,’ he turns right around and chastises politicians for spending it!
And where, pray tell, does rocket-scientist DeMint think this money is spent? On Newt Gingrich’s moon colony?
Let me help him out. We just need him to concentrate for a moment, because this is a tough one, even for a rocket-scientist. That money is spent IN THE ECONOMY, stupid.
Perhaps we need to do this at the first grade level. Since DeMint has been in Congress for so long, he must have experienced at least one round of military base closings.
OK, Jimmy, here is the question: Why does every Member of Congress who has a military base in his district, and every Senator with a military base in his state, do everything they can to prevent the base in her district/his state from being closed?
Here’s a clue: It is the same reason that Paul Ryan (R-WI) writes letters to the administration asking for stimulus funds.
Here’s another clue: It is the same reason defense contractors are worried about cuts in defense spending.
Here’s another clue: It is the same reason that Jon Kyl (R-AZ) got so hot under the collar when Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested that, if he did not like the stimulus, perhaps LaHood ought not to send money to Arizona for selected projects.
I do not want to help you cheat on your test, but the answer is a four-letter word, beginning with “j”, ending with “s”, with the middle two letters also serving as an abbreviation for a doctor who delivers babies.
Not rocket science. Indeed.
Why the Hell is DC Hellbent on spending us to death? This is not representation, it’s the elimination of our financial liberty.
I agree wholeheartedly:
I don't even understand his point. It's clear that he doesn't even understand the basics of dinner table level economics. Will he even acknowledge that taking money from people means they spend less money which generate tax revenues. we really have to go back to square 1 with these people.
People here on FR were just trashing him last week. Mark Levin was whinning about him back in Septemeber, now he is smitten again.
I think he is great, but he is not interested in sticking around after 2016, at least not right now.
The GOPe has no intention of letting this great man run for President.
None what so ever.
If he runs third (or in reality second) he has my complete support.
I just can’t force myself to vote GOPe any more.
FUCBS, FUNBC, FUABC.. They, along with CNN, MSNBC, and most websites are WHORES for 0bama. We need to track WHO George Soros has funded and is funding. ARGH!!!!
Alternatively I bet not one Republican who won ran on claiming that the middle class voters taxes MUST GO UP if they cant get tax cut extensions on fractional income earnings over $250K with it signed by Obama.
You know how I know this? Because not one Republican is explicitly saying this now, not even Norqist.
Its coding language : Voting for a bill extending the partial set of tax cuts is now coded as the phrase ‘voting to raise taxes’ because those doing it know this is a loser.
Disarm this weapon from Obama so you can fight him, then he is the one who raised taxes not you. With any luck all the other cliff stuff will slow the economy down and then ya got an argument against raising taxes.
Nothing good can come from the stand above. Why do so many love losing?
Well, that makes you the scum of the earth, and the reason that the empire is crumbling and you have to vote for the GOP-E candidate because your vote either doesn't count, or cost us the republic... take your pick.
I'm right there with you. I don't care what I get called anymore for not voting in lockstep on the way to the gas chambers.
I’m reminded of the scene from Braveheart where William Wallace is telling the Scottish Prince, “...the people will follow, they just need someone to lead them.” (or something similar to that)
We the people WANT, NEED one of our elected leaders to LEAD. If only someone would grow some real balls and show some real leadership, they would find a groundswell of support from true conservatives. Unfortunately, it appears that no one is willing to risk their own long term tenure for what is in the best long term intrest of the people of America and liberty itself.
If it comes to pitchforks and mayhem, then I’m ready for that, but I’d still rather follow a true leader then wallow in the chaos of anarchy.
exactly. It worked so well for us the last times didn’t it? I almost stayed home but I knew Bachmann needed my vote so I went.
Obama cheated. And Myth folded like a cheap suit.
I am so sick of our one party system. Lets the the crash over with and move on.
I am a little worried about CW2 coming, but I am ready should it turn in to a hot war. (I already think it’s a cold one).
It really is fairly simple which explains why the libtard at HuffPo doesn’t get it. No one says that the government won’t spend the money collected in tax revenues. The point is, who is a better investor, the private sector or the government? I contend that government almost always spends money on things that the private sector finds unworthy of investing in.
If that premise is accurate, then by definition, taking $1 dollar out of the private sector through taxation to be spent by the government will, on a net basis, reduce economic activity.
Take the $800B stimulus package. It is claimed that the stimulus “created” between 1-3 million jobs. That means that every job created cost between $267k-$800k. Hardly a bargain!
So, the point is not whether the gov’t will spend the money; rather, who will create more economic activity with it? I say, let the private, free market do what it does best — allocate scarce capital to productive investments rather than let the gov’t flush it!
I’m sorry but it’s the same ole same ole. We need someone new. No, I don’t know who that is, but I’m tired of the same faces.
I'm not happy about the thought of a hot war. But those things happen.
I sure hope so!
Somebody needs to lead!
He cannot take on the media and lead a charge to a collision of the 2 party platforms which is what it’s going to take at this point. Has he done it yet? Find a fighter/someone who is going to follow through on reforms and who will have the guts to investigate the corruption.
Step up to the plate, then.
We’ve got a guy from Texas who will and is telling how the cow ate the cabbage, but doubtful Bonher or the GOPe will give him the microphone. Representative Louis Gohmert.