Jeb Bush Tells Congress He’d Raise Taxes to Cut the Deficit (Video)

Former Governor Jeb Bush told the House Budget Committee yesterday that he would support tax increases to cut the US national deficit.

Because government is so responsible with spending taxpayer dollars.

The Washington Post reported, via Free Republic:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, in a break with his party, said he could support tax increases to help reduce the federal government’s budget deficit.

The brother of former President George W. Bush told a congressional panel in Washington today that he could back a theoretical deficit-reduction package that would include $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts.

“If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 in spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement — put me in, coach,” Bush told the House Budget Committee. “This will prove I’m not running for anything,” he said, prompting laughter from lawmakers and the audience.

“I appreciate your candor,” said Representative Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat who had pressed Bush on the issue. Bush later told reporters, “I don’t think you shut down every option in order to find common ground.”

It’s too bad Jeb fell for this stunt. He should know by now that Democrats have no intention of cutting spending. It was a trick question.

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