Why Republicans oppose
[ Apart from this introduction in brackets, the text below comes verbatim from http://www.atr.org/nationalpledge/questions.html, part of the official site of "American Tax Reform", an organization that has persuaded the vast majority of Republican legislators in Congress, the current resident of the White House, 8 Republican governors, and nearly 1200 state legislators nationwide, to sign a pledge that is considered sacred and life long, which commits legislators to "oppose and vote against any effort (ever) to raise the federal income tax on individuals or corporations." at the Federal level, and any taxes at the state level- emphasis mine -.
The Conservatives behind these pledges don't necessarily enforce them when it comes to matters of national defense, such as military expenditures, the coast guard and immigration control, as this is the one function they believe the national government should address. But, when it comes to improving the lives of citizens through government expenditures, they threaten retribution on any signers who break what they consider a sacred vow. Although they claim to oppose Federal spending on society's various needs, on the grounds that such matters are State responsibilities, they have a State version of the pledge which reads, "I pledge to the taxpayers of (this) district of (this) State that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."
Keep in mind that once taxes have been cut, the former level of taxation cannot be supported as it would require voting to "raise taxes".
The article "Why Republicans want your Government to be Broke" explains why Republicans are so intent on cutting taxes at every level, at all times. ]
Candidates and elected officials began taking the pledge in 1986. After President Reagan's Tax Reform Act of 1986 was passed, many taxpayers feared that some politicians would raise income tax rates. With President Reagan's support and endorsement, Americans for Tax Reform and a broad-based coalition of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and hundreds of taxpayer groups throughout the nation began to ask all candidates for public office to "take the pledge. " Every year, all members of Congress are asked to take the pledge by Americans for Tax Reform, and all challengers are asked to take the pledge during each election cycle.
As of year 2001 (107th Congress), 212 members of the House of Representatives and 37 members of the Senate and President George W. Bush have taken the pledge.
Just what does the pledge commit a member of Congress to do?
The pledge commits a member to oppose and vote against any effort to raise the federal income tax on individuals or corporations. The pledge does not stand in the way of any tax decreases or revenue neutral changes to the income tax.
No problem. The pledge only opposes changes in tax deductions or credits that increase the tax burden on Americans. Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas has proposed restoring tax deductibility of health insurance for the self-employed and trading it for a tax credit of equal value that gives preference to businesses that sell television and radio stations to certain politically favored groups. As this is revenue neutral, the pledge is not violated.
A cut in tax rates is always allowed under the pledge. Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports reducing the capital gains tax rate. All tax rate reductions that increase revenue due to economic growth are allowable under the pledge and are greatly desired.
No. A candidate only needs to take the pledge once. Candidates are always welcome to take the pledge each election cycle and show their continued support of taxpayers.
President George W. Bush, 41 U.S. Senators & 216 Congressmen
[ The few Republican holdouts include mavericks like
Senators Snow and Collins from Maine, and Chaffee from R.I.,
but even "moderates" like McCain and Spector are signators.]
I, ____________, pledge to the
taxpayers of the _____ district of the State of _________ and
to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against
any and all efforts to increase taxes.
____________________ Witness – 1
____________________ Witness – 2
[ although the following article was originally titled "Bush's River Boat Gamble—And Why Republicans Love It", I've renamed it to give potential readers a better idea of what is being offered for their consideration. The author is no relation to Steve Forbes. He is a lecturer in history and associate director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University,", it might better be called
"Why Republicans want your Government to be Broke"by Robert Forbes
(sometime in 2001)
Now that President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut has been signed into law, the pundits and the experts have declared that the surplus is dead – and that that's a good thing. Suddenly, politicians and economists who have for years stressed the urgency of fiscal discipline and the need to slash spending have found a new fondness for deficits. It's a strange turnaround, to say the least.
See why "Liberals Like Christ" recommend the very opposite of these policies at