If there is one defining principle of Republicans it is lower taxes; or, at least, as it has become watered down in recent years, no new taxes. Or, as the TEA party is named: Taxed Enough Already!
But, as we have learned the hard way, you cannot depend on a professional politician. Many talk a good game but “by their votes ye shall know them.” Even the career pols who vote fairly consistently may be doing so only because their district is predominantly of their party. But when it comes to their careers don’t expect their consistency or stated principles to hold.
Already, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss has said he would not honor his pledge signed 20 years ago not to raise taxes --even though he had used a graphic of the pledge as a backdrop for his campaign speeches! OK, what has changed? Well, yes, Obama’s spending spree and borrowing from future generations is much worse than we have seen in all of our country’s history. So, does that justify raising taxes on his constituents? He has his reasons and whatever they are it seems to us that he has lost sight of the problem: It's the spending, stupid! Doesn't he understand that simple, basic principle? See the Chambliss renege here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=B2bkI-KZxz4&NR=1
Sen. Chambliss says that Grover doesn’t have a plan. And he’s the Senator, not Grover Norquist! It is his responsibility to see that budgets are balanced. Hell’s bells --the Senate hasn’t even passed a budget in years! What has he been doing there for 18 years? Enjoying the perks and building his substantial retirement fund, of course, but he was also voting for greater spending without having the revenue to pay for it and voting against any spending cuts. See his voting record
Senator Saxby Chambliss has to share the blame for our financial mess. The longer they spend at the FedGov trough, the more integrity professional politicians tend to lose.
*The pledge that the House members took reads as follows:
“I, [name of candidate], pledge to the taxpayers of the state of [name of state], and to the American people that I will: One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and two, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
ALERT: 1/26/2013Saxby Chambliss has decided to retire next year rather than face a concerted challenge — from his right — for the Republican nomination to a third term as a Georgia senator.