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Rand Paul: I Won't Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People

(CNSNews.com) - While some Republicans have indicated they may break their no-tax-hike pledge, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not among them:

"I made a pledge to the people of Kentucky that I'm not raising taxes. I took a pledge. I signed a statement, an oath that I wouldn't raise taxes, and I'm going to adhere to it," Sen. Paul told Fox New's Greta Van Susteren Monday night.

In fact, if Paul had his way, he says he'd lower taxes:

"I think you should balance budgets, not spend more than comes in, and I think you should lower taxes, not raise taxes. In fact, if you want to stimulate the economy, I'm for cutting tax revenues. All these Republicans who want to give up their taxpayer pledge and raise taxes, I'm the opposite. I want to lower taxes because that's how we'd get actually more economic growth and maybe more revenue, if you cut tax rates.

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Hope this isn't true.

Taxes shouldn't even be a discussion at this point

The American people should demand zero taxes until all this ludicrous spending is taken care of. The amount of revenue from taxes will not make a dent in the budget, while spending and the debt are what they are now.

Make spending sustainable. Then we'll talk.

I've made this comment before...

...but I'll say it again. It's great to promise low taxes, but wouldn't a balanced budget be more important at this point? The "starve the beast" mentality has been tried since the Reagan days, as we've tried to maintain relatively conservative tax rates and maintain an ever more progressive government. So what do we get? Deficits. If Republicans insist that is better to have lower taxes, even with deficits as a consequence, then the true cost of government is hid from the people. Many here will say, "let's cut spending and have much less government" but the American people aren't on board with that for the most part. The greatest way to show exactly how bad our spending is would be, in my mind, to let tax rates rise to meet expenditures. Then you have a whole new generation of people interested in smaller, cheaper government. But if we make the compromise of a big government as long as we get the same old tax rates, then the problem has been shifted to future generations. Not only that, we'll be neutering a potential base of support. Who would ever pay more to get less unless they understood the real nature of our spending mess? And how they can ever understand that mess if they never pay for it up front?

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."-Samuel Adams

That's a good argument.

That's a good argument. However, the masses won't likely see the tax hikes directly. It looks like the "1%" if you will, will see the tax hike directly. Therefore, many will continue to ask for more government as unemployment rises because of the capital being used for government rather than investment. I understand what you're saying, but I think it's better to argue our side consistently than to expect people to realize they were wrong when the economy tanks because of big government. After all, most people think greed and free markets were the cause of the housing crash when in actuality the Central Bank and the Federal Housing Administration played a much bigger role.

"Where liberty is, there is my country." -Benjamin Franklin

Thanks for your response...

One of the best things about this site is I can find people who disagree with me, but give me good, solid reasons why, and do so in a very civil manner. I see your point. Unless the average American feels the tax increase, it does no good. And you make a good point that even if the taxes came to the average person, they would probably blame it on something else, and not even the size of government.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."-Samuel Adams

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Yeah I love that clip too :)

Yeah I love that clip too :)

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Statement of Republican Principles

We the People Demand the Republican Party Renew it’s Commitment to Core Constitutional Principles including but not limited to . . .


*** Lowering Taxes. Raising taxes is not the solution to our country’s fiscal woes. The money the American people earn is THEIRS – not some government bureaucrat;

*** Cutting Spending. Our federal government is bloated, inefficient, wasteful, and must be reined in if our fragile republic is to survive;

*** Protecting Civil Liberties. Americans will not allow our federal government to run roughshod over our remaining freedoms in the name of “security.” As Benjamin Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety;”

*** Destroy “ObamaCare.”This $2.6 trillion disaster stands to wreck our economy. The national Republican Party can and must stand by efforts to stop implementation at the state level;

*** Protect the Tenth Amendment. The national Republican Party should loudly stand with any efforts of states to take back control over their respective jurisdictions under the Constitution of the United States;

*** Audit the Fed. It’s time to expose the Federal Reserve’s secrecy and economic manipulation that leads to constant economic crises and dollar destruction;

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Hoping he doesn't

say Read my lips.

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Not surprised at all, this is

Not surprised at all, this is the son of Ron Paul, so don't expect anything different then what you get from his father.

Nice trap you've set for yourself.

I'm glad Rand said this.. it shows a little guts and embarrass the status quo liars but I will never give him a free ride because of his Father nor think for a second, that just because he comes from certain genetic lineage, he's guaranteed to act a certain way. That's absurd and dangerous.

He does however deserve a pat on the back on his own merits here.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, is advocating for Congress to make a new law, a “personhood” law, called the Life at Conception Act,” establishing that human life begins at conception, and extending the 14th Amendment to all fetuses.

Paul in the audio message calls law “legal mumbo jumbo,” yet tells supporters, “we in Congress have the right to legally define when life begins,” regardless of what the truth is.


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