Questions for Republicans


Cats woke me up at 3:30am and before I could get back to sleep, I had a thought: What are the limits to Republican refusal to raise taxes? The GOP candidates for President were asked recently if they would accept a deficit deal that came with $10 of spending cuts for every $1 of tax increases and they all said no even thought that’s a really good deal.  It seems the Republicans are dead set on never raising taxes again no matter how good the deal is.

So, in an effort to get it out of my system, and maybe get some sleep, here are some questions to help plumb the depths test the limits of Republican/Tea Party resolve, suitable for use at town hall meetings, candidate forums, or debates:

Would you be willing to raise taxes if each dollar in revenue was matched by $20 in spending cuts? $100 in spending cuts? What if you were asked to raise taxes by exactly $1 and spending cuts were $1billion? What if that single dollar had to be paid by a rich person?

Would you vote for a tax increase if it meant we could avoid death panels? Would you vote for a tax increase if it meant ending abortion? Would you vote for a tax increase if it meant we could send a balanced budget amendment to the states for ratification?

If you are at a town hall meeting, I think I would recommend framing this as checking to make sure they are still committed to Republican Principles.

On a similar note, here’s a question specifically for Rick Perry that the President could use if the Gov would deign to participate in a debate. If the Texas economy is in such good shape, why did we need to keep $6billion in the rainy day fund for next go-round?

I tried to think of similar questions for Democrats to test their commitment to their principles, but apparently they don’t have any.

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