John Boehner on ABC News: “Raising tax rates is unacceptable,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said in his first broadcast interview since the election Tuesday.
Mitch McConell on Breitbart: “One issue I’ve never been conflicted about is taxes. I wasn’t sent to Washington to raise anybody’s taxes to pay for more wasteful spending and this election doesn’t change my principles.”
Actual McConell and other leaders were elected to solve the country’s problems, but it is no surprise that Republicans come out of the gate stating that they will not raise taxes. If the Republicans were serious about solving the problems of our country, anything and everything should be up for discussion. Have the argument, disregard those ideas that aren’t shown to work. But the party that screams loudly everyday about the need to reduce the deficit is also the one standing on principle that they won’t even consider one possible solution.
Unfortunately, the media rarely explains that much of this unbending principle is because the two leaders signed Norquist’s pledge and are beholden to him.