A majority of Americans favor a deficit-reduction plan with a mix of spending cuts to tax increases, according to a Gallup poll. In fact, only 20 percent of voters (and only 26 percent of GOP voters) think that deficit reductions should be based on spending cuts alone. But when asked at a recent GOP presidential debate if they would walk away from a deal that had a 10-to-1 cuts-to-taxes ratio, all eight candidates raised their hands. That boggled the mind of Peter Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. Though Wehner favors lower taxes, he warned that "if taxes cannot be raised under any circumstance — then we have veered from economic policy to religious catechism." He added: "There is something amiss when the political pressure in a party, any party, is so intense that it prevents a serious intellectual conversation from even taking place."
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.