Republicans say raising tax rates alone won’t dent the deficit

Republicans in congress while trying to extend the Bush era tax cuts, for all Americans, on Tuesday argued that that ending those rates for families earning more than $250,000 a year would produce only enough money to run the government for less than nine days.

But Obama doesn’t have any business sense, so he won’t believe the evidence and figures in black and white. Perhaps this is his plan all along, destroy the country.

Lawmakers pointed out that Obama’s tax rate plan would generate just $82.3 billion annually, as estimated by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Republicans argue he should be focused on a more balanced approach that includes cuts to federal spending — including to entitlement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

“The president’s plan to increase taxes on the upper 2 percent (of American earners) covers the spending by this federal government not for eight years, not for eight months, not for eight weeks but for eight days,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said Tuesday on MSNBC.

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It was a phrase he has repeated often since the elections three weeks ago and since talks resumed between Congress and the White House on a deal on taxes, spending and the deficit before the Bush-era tax rates expire and massive spending cuts automatically kick in Jan. 1.

These tax increases and spending cuts will equal about $500 billion in 2013. And roughly $1.2 trillion will be cut from the federal budget over the next 10 years should both sides fail to reach a deal.

Meanwhile Republicans say they would rather increase revenue through tax reforms, such as closing loopholes, but they are opposed to tax rate changes on top incomes, which they say would barely put a dent in the budget.

Now this theory that the cuts would run the federal government for less than nine days is based on the daily operating cost being $9.69 billion – which would mean the $82.3 billion in cuts would cover only that period.

Obama says he wants to cut spending $4.4 trillion ove the next 10 years. Republicans over the past few days have agreed that additional revenue is needed to check the deficit, which has consistently topped $1 trillion in recent years. But they also criticize Democrats for not saying which specific cuts they will agree to.

“Republicans understand that we must avert the fiscal cliff and have laid out a framework to do so that is consistent with the ‘balanced’ approach the president says he wants,” Mike Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said Tuesday. “In contrast, Democrats in Congress have downplayed the danger of going over the cliff and continue to rule out sensible spending cuts that must be part of any significant agreement to reduce the deficit.”

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