Harry Reid: We Need More Tax Increases on Americans (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told George Stephanopoulos today that any attempts to avoid the looming “sequester” must involve tax hikes.
Reid was on This Week this morning:

Harry Reid also said the American public was behind him.
ABC’s This Week reported:

Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told me during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans and Democrats to avoid the looming sequester must — “without any question” – include revenue.

“The American people are on our side. The American people don’t believe in these austere things. We believe that the rich should contribute. We believe we should fill those tax loopholes — get rid of them, I should say. And that’s where we need to go,” Reid said. “And I’ve got a pretty good fan base for that: the American people. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.”

Reid confirmed his position on revenue would apply to any deal put into place to avert a government shutdown or lift the debt ceiling as well. This puts him directly at odds with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, who said earlier this month on “This Week” that the ”tax issue is finished,”But Reid — invoking the GOP’s 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — suggested a deal could include such things as the elimination of oil and gas subsidies, or what he called “low hanging fruit.” The Nevada senator also pushed back when I asked if he was sidelined during the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations, telling me he played the “bad cop” during that period.

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  • stephana

    #33 highlander, my name has been hijacked,.

  • rainmom
  • stephana

    #51 February 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    stephana commented:

    Quit a few have here.

  • stephana
  • bigkahuna

    Jharp and Stephana wont ever offer solutions… They simply cutting spendng causes the problems..

    Tell that to your credit card company you idiots. Sorry Visa If I stop spending more than I make you wont survive and it will cause childrens and puppies to starve.

    You ever think that 10%-20% cuts across the board will give the people and companies confidence that we are serious about dealing with our problems and the economy will take off like a rocket and increase revenues and we could actually balance the budget our freacking dimwit Dumbasscrats have refused to pass ( by law their duty) for 4 years.

    You do understand Dept of energy was started to reduce our dependence on foreign oil right ? EPIC FAIL…Close it or cut it by 80%

    Dept of Education? Yeah EPIC FAIL give that money back to the states.

    Spending was increased by $876 billion for the stimulous and LIBERALS said Hmm No budget we can simply keep spending at that increased level. Cut budget by that amount.

    Dept of Energy is a scam and money laundering criminal enterprise shoveling money back to democraps.

    Welare spending is $1 trill/ year. Drug testing for all welfare rats /parasites. Test for real mneed. If you get pregnent while on welfare all aid is cut period.

    Criminals on welfare of any kind… Shut off totally forever

    Cut congress pensions and put them in Soc Sec with the rest of us. They raided it… They can live with it. No Health insurance either… They are too rich. or tax their policies at high rates.

    Sell off the 10,000 or so empty federal buildings.

    Sell off massive amounts of federal lands we dont need

    Close many overseas military bases or make those countries pay for them. No free protection anymore.

    Cut off foreign aid to any country who doesnt support us 100%

    Put 10% tarrifs on countries who dont play fair, dont allow free elections or dont.

    Give real school choice and let schools whose success allows them to get more money. Pay for performance.

    Cut all funding to planned abortionhood,

    Cut all school lunch programs. Pay for your own damn kids food

    There are so many overlapping training programs… Merge them or cut them

    Cut back on fake disability claims ( at all time highs)

    Deport, cut off jobs and welfare, education free healthcare to illegals.

  • Stephana

    #31 February 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Daisy_WI commented:

    “For revenue – let’s cut tax writeoffs (as Romney suggested). That will increase revenue by 1.2 trillion / year. Let’s eliminate income redistribution tax rates and make sure that every citizen pays something.”

    “What ideas did you have?”

    Same as you and Harry Reid. Raise taxes. Eliminate deductions or raise rates. Makes no difference to me. They are both tax increases.

  • cavt

    Well put, Bigkahuna and others. Not hard to identify things/areas to cut. Probably not hard to actually cut them. Heck, just go back to Clinton spending and govt size–USA wouldn’t cease to exist. However, listening to dems, doing that would be all she wrote and the whole country will go to h___ in a hand basket. The big reason no cuts are made is because dems(and a lot of GOPers) want a big govt with them as the leaders–but they will never openly admit this.

  • bigkahuna

    Flat tax.

    Lets stop saying rich are eveil for being successful

    We dont walk into burger king and say

    Mr Rich Guy your whopper is $37

    Middle class guy your whopper is $15

    Parasite poor guy. Your whopper is free and we give you free coke, free fries and $10 back

  • jharp

    #58 February 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    bigkahuna commented:

    “Flat tax.”

    Already have that in most places. It’s called a sales tax.

    How much do you think we should raise it?

    It’s 9% in Indiana when we dine out. What do you think? Mae it 15%? 20%? 25%?

  • Patty

    Before you post a comment here make sure your info is correct. But truthfully it won’t matter with this hacker. If he sees fix he will go on to another bloggers address and change it to yours.

  • bigkahuna

    or better yet

    National sales tax. The rich buy more or more expensive goods… They pay more

    The poor or frugile can go to garage sales or buy less or less expensive stuff and save money

  • sablegsd

    “And keep in mind the complete meltdown by conservatives and republicans when Obama cut Medicare spending by $600 billion.”

    He didn’t cut spending. He stole the money from medicare to use on his namesake abortion. Only an insane, regressive commie thinks that’s cutting spending.
    And I could cut spending all day long. Very specifically. CLOSE DEA, ATF, , DHS, Dept. of Indoctrination, EPA, Dept. of Stifling Energy, WELFARE, Foreign Aid, staff to senators and congressmen cut to 2 secretaries each, let me go grab some lunch and I will come back with more.

  • bigkahuna


    Sales tax is for state puposes not Federal

  • Patty

    Posts are getting lost. You post something and it doesn’t show up. So, I will try this again.

    Your emails and My emails are being shown to everyone here. This hacker is changing our names and when you post something it isn’t under your name. BE AWARE before posting anything and make sure that your info is correct. But it doesn’t matter really because he or she will go to another blogger’s info. And that name could be yours. Yes, confusing but I suggest MR. HOFT get on this because others here have my email.


  • bigkahuna

    Jharp, Sales tax is not a flat tax

    Flat tax is paying lets say 15 or 20% of your income regardless of income level

  • Sasja

    Put in a false email address. Hoft really needs to get control of his blog.

  • Patty

    #41 February 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Sasja commented:

    I did that, will change again but I am so livid I am sick.

    Thanks Sasja

  • bigkahuna

    Also we could build keystone Pipeline and increase taxes and jobs.

    Then open up federal lands to drilling and mining for energy, revenues, jobs, economic activity.

    Ban liberals…that would save a ton of money eliminating parasites.
    If you are healthy you get a job, No free money, no free food.

    CUT ALL Govt radio and tv ads trying to increase foodstamps, welfare, school lunch benefits. I hear that freaking ad promoting good school lunches 3-5 times a day. Whata total waste of money like the waste of sperm in the white house.

    Stop any and all ads promoting the success or advertising for more handouts, welfare, illegal immigrants or any program that is telling us how good it is.

  • Sasja

    You shouldn’t need to, but I would advise using a bogus email address. Jim, you really do need to take control of your blog. You’re letting the hackers dominate which is not in your best interest.

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