Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes And Then Let Them Own It

Ian Schwartz
Real Clear Politics

SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.

LARRY KUDLOW, CNBC: Some people have called that the doomsday scenario. Others have said, ‘Look, it’s a strategic retreat on the Republicans’ behalf.’ WWould you vote present for that in the Senate if that came up?

RAND PAUL: Yes, I don’t think we have to in the Senate. In the House, they have to because the Democrats don’t have the majority. In the Senate, I’m happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that’s what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.

Watch video of this interview at Real Clear Politics in which they also discuss the resignation today of Senator Jim DeMint.

Update: Well, you didn’t hear this during the campaign: Howard Dean: “The Truth Is Everybody Needs To Pay More Taxes, Not Just The Rich” 

HOWARD DEAN: The only problem is — and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is — the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it’s a good start. But we’re not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if we don’t do that, the problem is the pressure is going to be on spending even more.

Also, a new Rick Santelli video: Obama’s View Of The Debt Ceiling Is “To Infinity And Beyond” Always worth watching.

Krauthammer: Obama Wants To “Break” Republicans, “Create A Civil War In The House”

Update 2: Today on Facebook Senator Paul wrote:

The House leaders chose to punish some of their more conservative members for voting for a budget that balanced in the short term and against one that took 28 years to balance. For standing up for fiscal sanity, they were removed from the budget committee. I object to this action, and it sends the wrong message both to conservative members and to the American taxpayer.


I want to congratulate Senator Jim DeMint on becoming president of Heritage. We will miss his strong voice for the Constitution in the Senate, but I believe that his voice will still resonate throughout the country.

He leaves the Senate with more constitutional conservatives than when he came, and those of us he helped are forever grateful. Because of Senator DeMint’s tireless efforts there now is a significant voice for Liberty in the U.S. Senate.

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