Tax Oath Pledgers Called ‘Courageous’ – By Cindy Koether

Published October 3, 2012

This letter was published in The Farmville Herald on Wednesday October 3, 2012.

Editor, The Herald:

In the editorial from The Herald on Sept. 21st, the Editor takes issue with a large number of conservative Congressmen who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, even calling for their impeachment because he feels they are not faithfully discharging the duties of their office. However, I applaud these courageous legislators whose pledge is in the best interest of the citizenry. These legislators have learned two lessons from past compromises involving tax increases and spending. First, they have learned the folly of agreeing to tax hikes paired with spending cuts (the Democrats call this the “balanced” approach) because the tax hikes take place right away but the promised spending cuts always get pushed to some future time and never happen. The second lesson is that whenever there is an increase in revenue, say from raising taxes, the Democrats come up with new spending programs, they never use the increased revenue to reduce the deficit or to pay down the debt. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is the Conservatives’ tool for breaking this cycle of deception.

The Editor characterizes these committed, courageous, mainly Republican legislators as uncaring, close-minded people and contrasts them to the Democrats, whom he portrays as reasonable, open-minded people eager to compromise, who would never sign a pledge requiring tax increases. I think the Editor has missed something. The Democrats have declared many times that they will not balance the budget by spending cuts alone. They require a “balanced” approach and declare that they will not agree to spending cuts unless “balanced” by tax increases. They are even backed up by President Obama who stated in an interview on July 9, 2012 that even if the House and the Senate passed a continuation of the Bush tax cuts (in other words, if they didn’t raise taxes) he would veto it. So the Democrats are just as committed to raising taxes as these conservative Republicans are to not raising taxes. In addition to their pledge to raise taxes, the Democratically controlled Senate has not even passed a budget in 3 ½ years, even though the Republican controlled House has passed and sent to them a budget every year, as they are required to do by law. Will the Editor of the Herald call for the Democrats to be impeached for not faithfully discharging the duties of their office?

As a taxpayer, I feel the Republicans are the ones looking out for the country, not the Democrats. The Republicans seem to understand the simple principle that if you are overextended financially, you must cut your spending. Our country is “overextended” by 16 trillion dollars.

On November 6, voters in Virginia get a chance to change direction by voting in as President, Mitt Romney, who understands the necessity of cutting spending and reducing the deficit and debt. Voters will also choose their Representative and Senator in Congress. I’m pleased that Robert Hurt and George Allen have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, it shows they care more about doing what is best for the taxpayers and the country than the irresponsible Democrats who want to tax us more so that they can spend more.

Cindy H. Koether

Farmville

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