Jeb Bush Says He Supports Tax Hikes – Takes Swipe at Rick Perry

Former Governor Jeb Bush took an underhanded swipe at Rick Perry yesterday during an interview with Neil Cavuto. The former Florida Governor said that presidential hopefuls should not ascribe bad motives to the Obama Administration, an obvious hit on Rick Perry who said Fed Chairman Bernanke was “almost treasonous” for his Quantitative Easing policies. Bush then went on to say there was no friction between Rick Perry and his family.

Bush said he also supported tax hikes.
The Politico reported:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters.

Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if some Republicans go too far in their criticism of Obama, Bush said flatly, “I do. I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions.

“It’s fine to criticize him, that’s politics,” said Bush, the younger brother of former President George W. Bush, who again reiterated that he won’t run for president himself. “But just to stop there isn’t enough. You have to win with ideas, you have to win with policies. … He’s made a situation that was bad worse. He’s deserving of criticism for that. He’s not deserving of criticism for the common cold on up.”

“If you’re a conservative, you have to persuade. You can’t just be against the president,” he added.

Breaking with the GOP field, Bush said he’d be willing to accept new revenues as part of a deficit-reduction package.

“I think the problems are so severe in this country that leadership is required to find common ground and solutions,” he said.

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  • Militant Conservative

    I love the smell of fear in the morning.

    Powder is dry.

  • RedBeard

    This Bush family vs. Perry deal is getting interesting.

    No friction, Jeb? Yeah, like the sun doesn’t rise in the east.

  • workingclass artist

    This primary is on two levels. Voters and platform. Ol’ Jeb wants DC Status Quo…and that means Romney.

    Looking more and more like 1980 only the commonsense conservative is roaring out of Texas and not California.

    Texans ask What the hell did the Liberals do to Reagan’s California?

    Gig Em’
    Perry 2012

  • Lily

    I’m tired of the Bushes.

    As for increased taxes: they’ll just spend it on ‘redistribution’ and come back for more. Increased taxes will not help the debt problem while we have this crew in charge.

  • M1

    Go to hell Jeb and take your entire clan with you.

  • President Potemkin

    Jeb, your father accepted a deal with the democrats who promised to cut spending for tax hikes. They not only didn’t cut spending, they used the “READ MY LIPS, NO NEW TAXES” soundbite against him during the ’92 presidential election. That’s the reason why the Tea Party won’t agree to tax hikes—the promised spending cuts NEVER EVER materialize.

    How many times do you have to be fooled before you accept the fact that the government bureaucracies exist to perpetuate themselves?

  • theBuckWheat

    I would draw everyone’s attention to the Rahn Curve. It shows that when government increases the marginal tax rate above 20% that people respond by earning less taxable income. Over time, federal tax revenues have run about 20% even when rates were far higher.

    see: The Rahn Curve and the Growth-Maximizing Level of Government

    And then there is this:

    “In 2008 about 320,000 Americans reported income of more than $1 million, or about 0.3% of all income tax returns. They paid about $250 billion in taxes that year. Mr. Conrad is going to get nearly $2 trillion more from them without damaging the economy? That should be some trick. ”

    From the article, Conrad Wants $2 Trillion , on Senator Kent Conrad’s budget and tax ideas, from the WSJ, July 11, 2011.

    Both of these citations show that anyone who is proposing a federal budget that includes an increase in the marginal tax rates cannot count on government actually realizing any higher revenues from that increase. Any projections based on increased taxes will be unrealized. Further, there are just not sufficient levels of income to tax. This means that the federal government MUST base a rational budget solely on cuts in spending. Any talk of “shared sacrifice” is vapid dreaming and we no longer have the prosperity and leeway to entertain liberals by giving in to their vapid dreams.

    Of course, this is all apart from the issue that taxing the rich is just a thinly veiled form of petty coveting the wealth of others, and hoping to be able to get government to steal it from them (legally of course), so that there is more wealth to spread around on favorite programs. Never mind that the average government employee has a total compensation package of $123,049, as compared to the median household income of $52,029, at least according to USA Today and the US Bureau of the Census.

  • RedBeard

    Jeb! (that’s how he campaigned, with the exclamation mark) was quite popular as governor here in Florida. He was far from a conservative, but managed to smile at the right times for the cameras, and did just enough conservative things to keep the masses happy.

    I thought of him the same way I would have thought of a President McCain; much better than the alternative, but that’s about it.

    The Bush family’s day is over. Close the book.

  • Freddy

    “If you’re a conservative, you have to persuade. You can’t just be against the president,” he added.

    – – – – – =

    What could this guy know about ‘conservatives’? Has he ever met one?

  • Jack of all Trades

    He’s right. The rich can pay more, and should, if you and I are forced to pay more. Meanwhile, republicans are trying to raise taxes on average people while defending tax cuts for the super rich.

    Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different “temporary” tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase…

    At issue is a tax that the vast majority of workers pay, but many don’t recognize because they don’t read, or don’t understand their pay stubs. Workers normally pay 6.2 percent of their wages toward a tax designated for Social Security. Their employer pays an equal amount, for a total of 12.4 percent per worker.

    As part of a bipartisan spending deal last December, Congress approved Obama’s request to reduce the workers’ share to 4.2 percent for one year; employers’ rate did not change. Obama wants Congress to extend the reduction for an additional year. If not, the rate will return to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1.

    Social Security payroll taxes apply only to the first $106,800 of a worker’s wages. Therefore, $2,136 is the biggest benefit anyone can gain from the one-year reduction.

    The great majority of Americans make less than $106,800 a year. Millions of workers pay more in payroll taxes than in federal income taxes.

    In summary, if you make less than ~107k, your taxes will go up if republicans get their way.

  • Adam

    was he listening to daddy’s voodoo economics speech?

  • eaglewingz08

    I don’t see what the big deal about the budget is. Roll back spending to 2006 levels when there weren’t cries of austerity budgets, or people living in tents, and we had a 161 billion dollar deficit. That immediately cuts 1.2 trillion from the budget deficit. Then you can adjust for inflation and some added costs for the unemployed and the safety net,and defense spending needs, and at most you’d have a 300-400 billion dollar deficit, one quarter of what we have now. Of course, Obama’s pet destructive projects couldn’t be funded, but such is the price of “compromise” that democraps love.

  • dunce

    He sounds like a democrat when he said you can not blame obama for everything like the common cold. Nobody has ever blamed him for the common cold. The things he is being criticized for are directly related to his policies. Obama can not identify the private sector jobs he saved other than union jobs. Everybody can see the jobs he has destroyed like the gulf drilling jobs. They can see that he is making our illegal immigration problems worse and opposes all effective state efforts.

  • succotash

    The more Jeb Bush and Karl Rove bash Perry,the more I’m inclined to like him and I will never forget Barbara Bush bashing Sarah Palin. Makes me think they don’t like true conservatives!

  • squeaky

    while they’re talking about tax hikes obama’s mentor jim wallis and his partners at the “circle for protection” are lobbying to protect the poor from suffering any cuts to their programs. it would seem that this “skin in the game” is a one way street like everything else the left throws out. raiding the piggybanks of one set of children for the benefit of another set…….

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  • workingclass artist

    EPA is the target…Putting a moratorium on EPA regulations in the Gulf,Coal,Fracking and Pipeline is the quickest way to jump start the economy in any state where there are energy and mineral resources. The USA is the richest country on the planet in natural resources and the American Public needs to understand that.

    “Perry, not surprisingly, was also recently asked about “global warming.” He responded that “the issue has been politicized” and that pouring billions of dollars into “a scientific theory that has not been proven and … is more and more being put into question” is not worthwhile.

    It is interesting watching the nation’s defenders of reason, empirical evidence and science fail to display a hint of skepticism over the transparently political “science” of global warming. Rarely are scientists so certain in predicting the future. Yet this is a special case. It is also curious that these supposed champions of Darwin don’t believe that human beings — or nature — have the ability to adapt to changing climate.”

  • waicool

    another bush, another tax raise, another step closer to collective socialism

  • mcnorman

    Fasten your seatbelt because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

  • Betsy Ross

    Career politicians from both parties want The People’s money.
    Washington doesn’t create wealth, it only knows how to confiscate it.
    The American People have caught on to this theft.
    Hence, the ground swell of Taxed Enough Already Americans.
    Career politicians from both parties FEAR the TEA voter…