Earlier this week, Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) proposed a grand idea. Republicans should muster up the moxie to go and….only extend the Bush tax cuts for those earning less than 250k. In other words, he suggested that we should give Obama everything he wants and allow Democrats to divide up the Bush taxes – ones in which they worked a decade to block. It’s heartening to see that conservatives in the House are rejecting his proposal:
A senior House conservative, Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.), called Cole’s suggestion “absurd.”
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), an outspoken freshman conservative, went so far as to suggest that Cole was a member of the Republican establishment that had contributed to the nation’s spending problems in the first place.
“I think he’s wrong,” Labrador said. “I think most of the conference thinks he’s wrong. He’s a good man, who has served here for a long time, but he is also a man who has voted for a lot of the increased spending in Washington, DC. They are the one’s who were here causing all the problems we are facing.”
“When the Democrats come to me with a plan to cut spending, I can come to them with a plan to raise taxes,” he added.
Parting observation: Tom Cole represents a solid conservative district – one in which every county voted against Obama. Yet this is what we have representing districts like this. He scored a -35 on our 2011 Madison Performance Index, one of the worst showings in the House.