Republicans Adding the Spend to Tax and Spend

Forget about tax and spend Liberals; tax and spend Republicans are the people we need to worry about now.

I’ve written about how the new Republicans that conservatives put in Congress are going to raise taxes. Even back before the November election, Politico.com claimed that Republicans were ditching “tax cutting mania.” Sure enough, in early January Republicans were openly talking about raising the Federal gas tax—something that I can safely say no one voted them into office to do.

But there is a reason why the policies of big government are called “tax and spend” policies. If the Republicans want to increase taxes we would guess they also want to spend more of it.

Sure enough, the Washington Examiner reports, “

Even as Republicans Tuesday announced a balanced budget deal, top GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill pushed for eliminating spending caps with a bipartisan compromise that would ultimately increase federal spending.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said it will not be possible for the House to pass 12 spending bills this year unless Republicans and Democrats can agree to a deal that lifts the so-called sequestration imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

The law limits requires a trillion-dollar reduction in the federal budget over ten years, which has meant significant reductions in annual spending to meet that goal.

“The numbers we are having to appropriate to, I’m not sure we can pass these bills,” Rogers said on Tuesday as he headed into the House chamber to vote. “It’s going to be tough.”

Rogers would not comment on reports that he plans to put appropriations bills on the floor that cannot pass, such as those that fund transportation and housing, or health and human services, in order to demonstrate the need for lifting the budget caps.

Getting the obstructions out of the way of increasing spending is the goal. But, since we’re talking about spending, we are of course being driven back to the issue of taxes.

“I think there’s a deal to be had between the White House and the House and Senate leadership, to give some relief from sequestration and perhaps some other things like reforms to entitlements and taxes.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters earlier this month that he also endorses the idea of finding a deal to get rid of the sequester.

This is a hideous idea. The sequester was a bad start to budget reduction but it was better than no start. The Republicans are throwing away that one concession they wrung out of the Obama White House.

It is telling that Justin Amash is expecting to vote against the upcoming budget. He told The Washington Examiner, “We’ve read some of the reports that indicate it’s a less fiscally conservative budget.”