Congress Sells Out American People With 41:1 Tax Increases to Spending Cuts Ratio

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According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.

When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1.

If we get no cuts in our unconstitutional, irresponsible spending in deals like this even with Ronald Reagan…what fiscal horrors can we expect with an up-front ration of 41:1 tax increases to spending cuts?

The worst part of yet another worthless deal like this that “Republicans” have agreed to: even gouging the American people like this will not come remotely close to closing the gap between our revenue level and our outrageous spending. It fulfills Obama and the Democrats’ lust to perpetrate Marxism on the American people, without even a tangible facade of dealing with our financial irresponsibility.

As I said to a friend this morning on an unrelated (but behaviorally similar) issue, the center does not hold. You can’t count on anyone to play the grownup anymore–certainly not the once-great Republican Party. Everyone–especially those who have the greatest trust to hold the line against injustice, irresponsibility, corruption and chaos–no longer gives a damn about what is right, and will eagerly settle for whatever expeditious thing will allow them to save the most face with the least effort.

Happy New Year, and may God have mercy on His remnant in America.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • WXRGina

    It’s sickening. The temptation to just grow numb and “check out” of the fight for our country is strong, but we must not leave the fight. The hardest times are yet to come as these commies solidify their tyranny over the American people.

    • thisoldspouse

      To lift my spirits, Gina, I went to the gun show in Ft Worth last weekend. And a lift it was! The place was packed; with the kind of people I want on my side. No, not “neanderthals,” “rednecks,” “racists” or “domestic terrorists,” but lovers of an America that once was and can be again if we will corporately shake this demonic malaise out of our weary minds and be Americans again.

      I saw people arming themselves for the inevitable fight that is being more and more openly waged by the “progressive” Left on normal, freedom-loving patriots. Just the other day, a Marxist columnist named Donald Kaul made the most invective, overt threats of violence against NRA members, legislators that support gun rights, conservatives, and gun owners imaginable. Publicly, in a piece he wrote. Of course, he will suffer absolutely NO repercussions by the communist media, the Demonicrat Party or Obama’s (OWHNI) “justice” department, even if actual violence against conservatives materializes. It’s all part of the double standard of the evil Left.

      • WXRGina

        Oh, that’s nice, Spouse. I wish I could afford to stock up! Gun shows are great!

        I read some of Kaul’s comments in a Drew Zahn piece at WND. What a loon. Yes, this is what we’re up against–senseless evil that repels all reason.

        • thisoldspouse

          I couldn’t afford to stock up, either – the prices were through the roof! And understandably so in a free economy. I was just looking for a deal and to assuage my fallen spirit.

  • To all but the most incorrigible optimist, it is clear that the current crop of politicos, irrespective of party, have little interest in doing what’s right and what might even help correct the list of this nearly swamped ship of state. There are no true Americans with the power to rescue us. There are precious few men willing to take a stand for what is right; expediency and personal gain are foremost in their minds. I won’t give up, Gina, but I grieve for what we once were and the blessings that God formerly bestowed upon us, now rejected by an ungrateful, hateful and Godless people.

    • WXRGina

      I’m with you, Doc. It’s grief that I feel for America–it’s like a big death in the family–a giant, humongous death.

  • charliewalksonwater

    Our SD rep, Kristi Noem, voted FOR this travesty. She did not seek the t party support and now I know why. This woman is/was the final republican I will ever vote for (except in local elections.) She is my proof that I cannot trust them. I will vote libertarian the rest of my days.

  • And with this “increase revenue” comes more government waste. I bet not much ($0 to be exact) of it will go to paying down the Debt. Also, Republicans seem to have forgotten that Obama Care is expected to add $10 trillion more to our national debt (in ten years -CBO). If “future spending” was the target, then why wasn’t Obama Care put on the chopping block, or at least used as a bargaining chip? You’d think that Republicans would be explaining what adding $10 trillion to our already $16 trillion national debt would do to our future. Meanwhile, we have a Republican governor (Christie) begging for federal aid for a state problem, which originally was not the role of the federal government. Does Gov. Christie not understand that the loosening of the General Welfare clause on things like this, is a big part of the problem? Obviously not. The principles of federalism seemed to have faded away from the Republican Party and the national government seems to grow. Just saying.