NPR Crank Mark Shields: Republicans Haven’t Raised Taxes in 21 Years ‘And That Is Irresponsible’

NPR crank Mark Shields whined on Inside Washington this week on PBS that Republicans haven’t raised taxes on the American public in 21 years and that was “irresponsible.”

Transcript via NewsBusters:

KRAUTHAMMER: …you conducted a Keynesian experiment – here’s the argument – and it did not succeed, because it sprinkled all this money on programs, crony capitalism and government jobs, which is not the key to growth, and that’s the major distinction between the policies of the Left and the Right, Democrats and Conservatives.

MARK SHIELDS, PBS: Well we do all of this equal time of who’s at fault, I just point out one thing: George Herbert Walker Bush dared to raise taxes in 1991. Since that action, 21 years, Republicans have not voted for a single broad-based tax increase, and that’s become the theology of the party, the ideology of the party, the definition of the party, and that is irresponsible.

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  • dwd

    That sounds like a nice clip for a Republican campaign ad! Quite a contrast to ObamaTax.

  • anti-bho

    I thought this old leftist pos had croaked.
    They never shut up do they?

  • Jayne on Left Coast

    What a long sourish face.

  • Tired Okie

    This guy and all dem pols must be from Bizrro World from the Superman Comics (yep I’m old). Everything always a$$ backwards.

  • Lefty

    Can you name the only president ‘not’ to raise taxes during a war?
    How about the only president to actually give tax ‘cuts’ during a war?
    They are both the same person.

    If you guessed: George W. Bush. — You’d be correct!

  • Mad Hatter

    #1, I agree, that would make an excellent campaign ad.

  • More liberty

    I’m so tired of partisans on both sides that refuse to even acknowledge – or maybe they are just dumb- but the the fact is it’s congress that holds the purse strings. The president, regardless of party, cant raise or cut a dime without congress.

  • bastiches

    The devotion that Shields and the Left have for Big Government is immoral.

    Heal thyself, cult of government!

  • donh

    A Republican..Supreme Court Jester Roberts… just voted FOR the largest tax increase in History. It is the Democrat failure to cut baseline spending ONCE in the last 100 years that is criminal.

  • More liberty

    “Can you name the only president ‘not’ to raise taxes during a war?
    How about the only president to actually give tax ‘cuts’ during a war?
    They are both the same person.

    If you guessed: George W. Bush. — You’d be correct!”

    Are you ignorant to the way our system works? The only way for tax cuts or increases to take place is via congress. The executive branch can ask congress to do this or that but it only happens if congress creates and passes a bill.

  • Lefty

    GW Bush outspent ‘all’ previous US presidents — combined!

    Check your facts.

    Try thinking outside the “two party” box.

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  • Woody

    Didn’t Clinton beat the stuffing out of H.W. over his broken tax pledge?

  • pink tie Republican

    Look, we are bankrupt, and there is nothing any human being can do at this point to change that fact. Neither side has the will to do anything to save the situation, even if it could be saved. Look for the FED to continue to print money and inflate away everyone’s savings in it’s efforts to save it’s bankster owners.

  • Frank Scarn

    Okay, okay, Mark Shields. You and your three chins can pay my share. Sheeeeeesh,

  • Path

    Shields thinks that not raising taxes is irresponsible? Really? I’d call it good business and good for business. You have to remember that before Obama, we didn’t have the trillions and trillions and trillions of deficit spending and so we didn’t all owe about $80k toward what is actually government waste.

  • More liberty

    “#11 July 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    Lefty commented:

    GW Bush outspent ‘all’ previous US presidents — combined!

    Check your facts.

    Try thinking outside the “two party” box.”

    You’re right about that. But not to be out done, along came Obama and he did in four years what Bush did in 8. What we have in the USA is actually a one party system brought to you by the welfare/warfare party.

  • George

    Lefty commented:
    “GW Bush outspent ‘all’ previous US presidents — combined!
    Check your facts.”

    Isn’t it funny how the left gives us lies and then tells us to check the facts.
    Hey Lefty! You’re dead wrong. Stop repeating this lie.
    You were too damn lazy to check the facts yourself (do you work for Obama?).
    Go here and add it up yourself:
    Federal spending, federal debt, and GDP

  • Mad Hatter

    #11, Lefty,

    Get your facts straight. Bush did spend $4 trillion in eight years, but your ole buddy Barack has spent close to $5.2 trillion in three and a half years.

    The truth can be such a pesky thing.

  • George

    More liberty wrote:
    “You’re right about that. But not to be out done, along came Obama and he did in four years what Bush did in 8.”

    No, he was wrong about that. Bush did not outspend all previous presidents. It is unequivocally false.

    Also, Obama has not outspent Bush yet. Obama is on track to match Bush’s 8 years of spending in only 5.5 years.

    In terms of debt, Obama is easily on track to match Bush’s 8 years of debt in less than 4 years.