DeMint: Government doesn't need additional revenues
December 4th, 2012
01:23 PM ET
2 years ago

DeMint: Government doesn't need additional revenues

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, an influential conservative Republican from South Carolina, urged his party to take a firm stance against bringing in additional federal revenues in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

"Republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money, negotiating with ourselves, and treating the president's proposal like it's serious," he said.

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Republicans and Democrats appear to be back in gridlock after each side sent the other a proposal in recent days which was nearly immediately dismissed by the other. House Speaker John Boehner said over the weekend he was "flabbergasted" by President Barack Obama's proposal, while the president said Tuesday that the math behind the GOP plan "does not work."

Should Congressional Republicans and the White House not reach a deal before the new year, a series of tax increases and steep spending cuts would automatically go into effect.

DeMint added his voice to the fray Tuesday morning with a tweet critical of the House Republican proposal, which included an extension of the Bush-era tax breaks as well as accomplishing $2.2 trillion in savings, among them $600 billion in non-entitlement spending cuts and $800 billion in "health savings."

He tweeted: "Speaker Boehner's offer of an $800 billion tax hike will destroy jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more."

The Palmetto State Republican defended his stance, saying, "This federal government doesn't need more money."

"This country needs less federal government. We're gonna be near historic highs of tax revenues in Washington this year. More money than we've ever had. So it's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem," he said.

He chided Republicans, saying "this is not a time to negotiate with ourselves" and describing Obama's proposal as "outlandish."

The primary Republican objection to Obama's plan is his support for extending the Bush-era tax cuts only on income under $250,000 for families, while letting those lowered rates expire and increase on income above that threshold. The two parties are also split on spending cuts and entitlement program reforms, as well as the amount of additional revenues.

"This is a time to work together where we can, but it's clear that what Obama wants is not a solution to our deficit problem, because his proposal doesn't even come close, and it's not a plan at all," DeMint said.

Asked if Boehner had reacted to his position, DeMint laughed.

"I don't know," he said, "but I haven't checked my emails."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Paul Courson contributed to this report


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Jim DeMint
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. DC Observer

    Obama = Economic Disaster

    December 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Pete

    Demint should try paying down on their partys unfunded items without additional revenues .Two wars,Medicare Part D,tax breaks all unfunded thanks to guys like Bush,Ryan and others who had a majority for too many years..Ryan rubber stamping anything Bush put in front of him and you delushional republicans know it and don't talk about a bloated democratic government when it started with Bush and all his blank checks that created this mess..Government has been downsized believe it or not under Pres.Obama and his policies have spent less than all your republican peresidents since your idol Reagan..So get to work republicans,you're known as the conservative ones than act like it and help this nation or find another line of work!!!

    December 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. cog in the wheel

    Mr. Demint has again demonstrated he's part of the problem. Blind faith in an ideology leads no where.

    December 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Breaking news – another GOP flat-earther declares gravity is just a theroy.

    December 4, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. NoTags

    Of course the government needs more money to operate just to provide necessary services to the citizens.

    The U.S. Population in 2000 was 281,421,906. The U.S. Population in 2010 was 308,745,538 a 9.7% increase. The 2001 Bush tax cuts did this;

    Lowered the 15% bracket to 10% (-5%)
    Lowered the 28% bracket to 25% (-3%)
    Lowered the 31% bracket to 28% (-3%)
    Lowered the 36% bracket to 33% (-3%)
    Lowered the 39.6% bracket to 35% (-4.6%)

    Sen DeMint, how is it possible to have a 9.7% increase in population with 10+ years of decreased taxes and two unfunded wars and not need additional revenue to balance out of what happened between 2001 and 2012?

    December 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    DeMint and rest of the 99% of GOP that deny reality are screwing all of us.

    December 4, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Fact Check

    We all want to pay no taxes and receive infinite services. Some of us grow up. Sen. DeMint, not so much. But he does have a child's imagination, seeing a country with a fabulous educational system and a first-rate infrastructure.

    Take a trip to Switzerland some time and check out the infrastructure, Senator. Some countries' citizens view themselves as part of a =society=, not every man for himself, and are willing to pay for a society that works. The Swiss have virtually no natural resources beyond beautiful scenery and a reasonably intelligent citizenry. Senator, go teach some children about how the earth was formed 6,000 years ago. The US is going nowhere as long as we keep placing dimwits like DeMint in positions of leadership.

    December 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Discernment

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT AND NO MALICE INTENDED . . .

    . . . Jim DeMint is a wicked & evil man. He is not interested in the welfare of the common folks of South Carolina. If DeMint was interested in South Carolina's middle-class and hardworking poor, than he would . . .

    1.) – NOT object to the implementation of ObamaCare in South Carolina which is desperately needed by 41% of the state's working population.

    2.) – NOT object to Pres. Obama's fair & balanced plan to pay down the national debt that oversee a transfer of tax dollars from the richer blue states to poor southern states like South Carolina.

    3.) – NOT have objected to Pres. Obama's bailout of the auto industry which has now turned things around and witness the payback of American tax dollars by the auto industry; all while watching the American auto industry vault to the top of auto sales.

    December 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. rs

    Ancient Texan
    Keep drinking the koolaid. Congress creates the budget sir. The President has no power over the purse strings. Take a Civics course!

    December 4, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. lesgovplease

    We need to raise taxes and we need to cut spending, we all know that its fianance 101. I am tired of the Dem Repub finger pointing, this is our country we put these guys in office to do the peoples work thats there job. If we cant live within our means we go down the tube its that simple.

    December 4, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. IvotedforObama

    GOP=Financial Disaster

    December 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    This guy adds NOTHING for America.

    December 4, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Johnny5

    I'm ok with paying more in taxes so long as the money is spent here in this country (America, USA, The U.S.) I'll pay another 2,000 a year off my 28K salary so long as the wealthy pay an equal ammount without being given deductions for everything they buy and loopholes where they can get out of paying a fair share or off shore money stashes where they can avoid it all together. People in this country need to stop being selfish and "man-up" so to speak. we did this to ourselves and the only way out is through alittle pain.

    December 4, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. quelee

    I don't know about everyone else, but I plan on voting these jokers out when their time is up. I've never paid much attention to mid-term elections, but I intend to be more than active in the future.

    December 4, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. trufaldino

    Which one of the SC senators is the really crazy one? I keep forgetting.

    December 4, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Be reasonable

    Dear Sen. DeMint,

    While we do believe that revenues play a roll in closing the deficit gap, we respect your position. As a start, since South Carolina receives more in Federal Spending than it provides in Federal Revenue, we would propose concentrating defense cuts in South Carolina as these are the easist to implement. Since you are a proponent of reducing spending, we would appreciate your thoguhts as to the specific contracts or defense related projects to be terminated.

    Regards,

    Tim Geithner
    Sec. of Treasury

    December 4, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. tony

    @DC observer Obama= economic disaster.
    the only president that brought economic disaster to this country is bush and the rethuglikkklans in congress. President Obama and the democrats had to bring this country from the brink of economic destruction with no help from the gop start thinking for your self stop listening to fox.

    December 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. JDinHouston

    DeMint and other Republicans created the "fiscal cliff," just one of the many obstructions they created instead of participate and govern. Seems fitting they lost the election, lost seats in the House and Senate, and they are going to be blamed when the fiscal cliff kicks in.

    December 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. genb

    Demint would roll the country back into the 18th century. I understand he's not going to run for another term. Wonder if he's planning on doing something else that would place him in a position of doing greater harm to the country?

    December 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Ray

    Jim DeMint and all the other so called Representatives of the American people should be fired for gross incompetence. What is he having for dinner today??? What are his poorest constituents having for dinner? His attitude is " Let them eat cake" because HE can. He is an imbecile if he thinks we are not going to get out of this without more taxes. Ask Greece. Ask Spain. Ask Italy.

    December 4, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    GOP = American Taliban

    December 4, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Vdrummin

    Are all the Republicans idiots – Demint or Detwit; Obama doesn't have a plan. Who got us into this mess in the first place
    two wars + noway to get out + no plan = billions spent and mismanged by the Bush years. Throw Boehner out already and let's get this job done.

    December 4, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Wise1Speak

    JIM DeMINT = "CONFEDERATE-LOVING OBAMA HATER"

    Jim DeMint who swore an oath to make ObamaCare the President's "Waterloo", has one primary goal and that is to hate on President Obama with all his confederate-loving heart. Hey Jimmy know this – – the south lost the civl war, blacks have rights, women now vote, and Latinos, Asians, and Hispanics are here to stay. Get use to it.

    December 4, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Just me

    DeMint = corporate stooge

    December 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. TK

    Here's basic math lesson 1 for Democrats: 20% of $100 raises $20 in tax revenue. 30% of $50 raises only $15. So you raise revenue better by growing the economy and the tax base, not raising rates. Which rate is more likely to help grow the economy? The lower one. I believe it was President Obama who last year said now is no time to raise anyone's rates with the economy in recession. In other words, even the Chief Redistributor admits that raising taxes holds back the economy.

    December 4, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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