“The president is trying to claim victory when it comes to the national debt. “To somehow say that we’ve reduced deficits by $400 billion a year … and somehow be able to go back to the way things were done in Washington D.C., is not acceptable. Now, he’s raising a banner saying, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ The mission is not accomplished, and we have so much more to do.”
The national debt, the deficit, and interest on the debt are among Tom’s many top priorities. The deficit increased due to the Great Recession; it has declined because the economy is recovering. But Tom has maintained throughout that the deficit could only be reduced by spending cuts. Of course Tom won’t recognize the declining deficit.
The congressman took issue with measures to increase taxes on the nation’s wealthiest.
“We’ve heard that rhetoric and heard those proposals previously, and this is a continuation of it,” Reed said. “The proposals are ways to increase taxes to spend more money out of Washington D.C., and that’s a concept I don’t support. We’re still running $400 billion-plus deficits, and we need to get our fiscal house in order. What we need to focus on is what are our priorities.”
No surprise here–Tom has consistently advocated low taxes for the rich and super-rich. Even Mitt Romney belatedly recognized that middle-class income has declined, but Tom still doesn’t get it. No matter how much of the nation’s wealth the one percent accumulate, Tom says the rest must be forced to work harder.
Looking ahead to upcoming budget negotiations between Congress and the president, Reed outlined several of his priorities…
- A workfare system that empowers people.
- Reform SSDI by tightening qualifications for benefits
- Tax Reform
…as we deal with welfare reform and a workfare mentality. (The Observer)
…break the cycle of dependency that keeps the working poor in poverty. (WRFALP)
Tom believes, as the rich have worked hard to become wealthy, the rest must be lazy. If peoples’ dependence on benefits were cut, they would find work and make themselves better off. If only this were a world where wishing makes it so.
Everyone knows that tax code is broken. We want a fair, simpler, more competitive tax for the 21st century. That will be one of my priorities.”
To Tom, simpler and fairer evidently means lower taxes for the well-to-do.
© William Hungerford – February 2015