As the vote count came in Tuesday evening I happened to be listening to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on the radio. He introduced as one of his guests Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
I was thinking to myself either, A) Hannity has lost his mind, or B) perhaps there is a good reason for interviewing Rendell.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
As it turned out, the latter was true although I am not convinced that on occasion Hannity doesn’t lose his bearings temporarily.
Rendell is a refreshing politician to interview for no other reason than he is surprisingly frank. Sometimes this works to his favor, but more often than not it exposes his ignorance and/or lies.
The interview at one point turned to the economy. Hannity admirably made the case for tax cuts as a means of getting the nation out of the economic doldrums. He mentioned the Reagan tax cuts and his reducing the tax rates during the early 1980s, which led to an economic boom from the mid 1980s through the late 1990s
And here is where Rendell literally went off the deep end. The Governor stated that all Obama wants to do in allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire is to ‘get the tax load back to where it was during Reagan.’ Not only that, but he continued with the erroneous point, pressing the issue on and on.
Plowing ahead with this muddled reasoning, Rendell said essentially that if it was good enough for Reagan, then it is good enough now.
Several problems immediately come to the surface with this blatant display of either ignorance and/or deliberate smoke-and-mirrors (lies).
First, this President, by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, is promoting the most massive tax INCREASE in the history of the Republic. For nearly 10 years Americans have benefited from those cuts. But unless action is taken to extend them, each American family will be forced to pay an extra $1700 bucks in taxes each year.
Reagan’s plan was the exact opposite.
When he took office Reagan inherited a tax rate that was oppressive to the top 50% of wage-earners. His first plan of action was to reduce the maximum marginal tax rate down to 25%…from a whopping 70%.
Governor Rendell, when YOUR President does something like this, then and only then can you compare his policies to that of Reagan. As it stands, you are either ignorant of the Reagan initiative or you are deliberately lying to the American people.
Second, this President pushes for larger government and higher taxes to support a myriad of new federal initiatives that expand government’s intrusion into our lives. Remember, Obama wanted to tax health insurance benefits.
Reagan on the other hand not only lowered the top marginal tax rate from 70% to 25% but passed a series of individual, across-the-board tax cuts for all Americans, while at the same time insisting that a Democrat-controlled Congress reduce the size of government by eliminating unnecessary programs that are unconstitutional.
He did not totally succeed with the latter given the vitriolic opposition of liberals in Congress to the elimination of any program. But he did get his tax cuts and succeeded in enacting spending reductions for some government programs.
For Governor Rendell to justify a massive tax increase for Americans today by using Reagan’s legacy is asinine. Reagan’s strategy was based upon the concept of incremental reductions in taxes and spending. Obama’s strategy is raising taxes and spending. After all, no President in history other than Obama has increased the debt load and budge deficit in one year at the level we have witnessed over the past 12 months.
This is not the first time wrong-headed politicians have used Reagan as a means to fool the public into believing they are ‘conservative’ or ‘fiscally responsible.’ John McCain did it during the Presidential campaign in 2008.
And South Carolina’s senior U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has often evoked the Reagan mantel, although he has betrayed conservative values and principles on a regular basis, from blanket amnesty for illegal aliens to the tax increases of the ‘cap & trade’ proposal.
A word to the wise for these charlatans–if you can’t tell the truth, then go back home. If you are that ignorant, then you are not fit to be in politics. Either way, you should be voted out of office.
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