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. Wellywellup

    Hmm, he says the fed is awash in revenue, record amounts of revenue. So I guess there is no problem and nothing needs to change. What moron.

    December 4, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. DocHollywood

    Yes, DeMint, the wanna be leader of the House. Let the country go "off the cliff", let all the tax cuts expire. Then when the Democrats re-introduce the cuts for the 98 percent, well....just vote them down. See if you have the stones. Because if you vote for them, you've not only allowed taxes to be raised by proxy, but you're seen as the party of obstruction AND destruction. You'll relagate the republican party to less standing than the tea party, which is getting pretty low.

    December 4, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Yamadog

    Gurgyl, I bet that if a beautiful gorgeours blond in mini skirt had car problems and she had a vote Obama sticker on her bumper you would help her. Wouldn't you? I'd help your wife even if she had a Mitt Romney sticker, who knows she might just want to give me a ride around the world! LOL!

    December 4, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. gladiatorgrl

    and the parade of fools continue....

    December 4, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Joe

    Tea Party Mania--on the rise. Good luck with that nut crowd, GOP.

    December 4, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. jacksonian2012

    Let him talk. It will lead to more Democratic wins in two years. Good job, Dummy.

    December 4, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Sashatree

    DeMint = DeLusional, DeMented, DeMonic, De-Constructive and otherwise incapable of cogent thought processes.

    December 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Clinton

    So, This just proves Republicans are about Party before Country. They care more about being Republican than Being American. If they refuse to cooperate and come up with a viable plan... the resulting tragedy will be on their hands... They will be voted out entirely and the Republican Party will no longer be a viable political party in the United States.

    December 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Obamoris

    They can take all the increased revenue they want and it will never be enough...they will keep spending more and more..less money in the private sector is what they want. This keeps the sheep dependent on Washington. And they keep the power. Less liberty for all....no real jobs anymore...all went to Asia. The plan that came together...........someday some of you will have to wake up.

    December 4, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Stick to your guns DeMint. Maybe you can scuttle the 2014 mid-terms while you're at it.

    December 4, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. REGinAz

    Put all of the rationalized justifications and criticisms aside and the "conservative" position of the Republican Party that firmly and stubbornly advocates no increase in taxes for the very wealthy, literally benefits only the very few, "the money" who work to own and control the party.  It has been repeatedly demonstrated and then totally proven by Bush-Cheney that the "trickle down" theory is a complete fraud that just makes the wealthy wealthier and is simply aimed to solicit political support and besides that, the multiple Bush Tax Cuts are heavily weighted to favor the very wealthy and letting that portion of them expire would be realistic and responsible action.  The only way the Republicans will ever get responsibly and honestly on board with that reality is when they feel the pressure from the majority is stronger than the pressure from "the money".

    December 4, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Jack

    What a nutjob. First, he doesn't know what he's talking about. We have lower tax rates than when Reagan was in office. Second, he doesn't understand that democracy is about compromise. He should not be an officeholder if he is unable to compromise.

    December 4, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. scott

    Let her crash...only way we ever cut the bloated,wasteful defense budget. And that way the Republicans dont have to vote for a tax increase, it just happens. And its larger than it would be with any deal. Kinda like them not agreeing to raise the debt ceiling, which got us here in the first place. Give them what they want, and be rid of them forever. Hell i,m poor now and gonna be poor next year. Let er crash

    and Shyla....our tax rates have been at historic lows for more than a decade...so where are the jobs?

    December 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. P. Lee

    People need to look up Tom Hartmann article Roll Back The Reagan Tax Cuts!
    It's the Great Tax Con that rich people have been brainwashing people for years that paying tax is bad.

    It's the Top Marginal Tax Rate folks! And this only matter to the rich!

    On average, the 1% only pay some where around 12% or less!
    While most working folks pay at least 25%!

    December 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The "tires are coming off the wheels" one by one, thanks to American voters but our work isn't done. Let's keep the pressure on GOP/teabaggers, we can do this.

    December 4, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Be careful who you vote for...

    and to think, someone voted to send these folks to congress...

    December 4, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Ric Woods

    If you put Jim DeMint's brain in a gnat's behind it would fly backwards.

    December 4, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. wolf1

    The fact of the matter is that Boehner is really canned spam politician. DeMint disagrees with him. Interesting. Boehner is Spam. No matter what he is talking about he is just plain Canned Spam. Think about it Boehner for President? Really? You guys really think that is okay?

    December 4, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. wolf1

    I guess I should add that compromise is probably the right thing to do but that doesn't change my thoughts about artificial immitation Boehner. He is plastic. Fakey.

    December 4, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "If this guy is serious about balancing the budget without raising taxes, why doesn't he suggest some actual cuts?"

    Because he's not serious about anything. Period. This is all just a game to these ideologue asshats.

    December 4, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Beverly

    Everyone knows that the GOP/Tea do not want to work with President Obama if he handed them several olive branches.
    Mitch McConnell said that his only job was to make President Obama a one-term president, not help the people who sent him to congress, not create jobs, or even write a bill. The GOP/Tea and Boehner,Cantor, McCain spend more time in
    sound bytes on TV than dealing with anything for the American people. Term limits should be on her ballot in all fifty states.Remember these are the same people who were willing to bring this country to a standstill in July 2011, because they did not want to work with President Obama. They are angry that President Obama was re-elected, and they still don't want to work with him. You can label it anything except working for the American People. Who signs any type of agreement not to raise taxes for 25 years or for that matter 25 minutes. Does this mean that Grover Norquist controls our legislators, wish that has been on the ballot. If the do nothing congress does nothing it will affect every American and that will mean that no matter what, congress needs to be replaced with legislators that are loyal to the American people who elected them and not Grover Norquist!!!!!

    December 4, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. DRTSAT

    On the one hand, I agree with him that the government has enough money and that they need to quit the mindless spending. At the same time I can't understand why neither Republicans nor Democrats want to compromise. Sad bunch of morons in DC.

    December 4, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Mr. Moderate

    And we pay for YOUR wars when? I always love it when the right whines about what we will be leaving our children. There is not a voter in this country who is not at least partly responsible for this mess. It was created under Republican presidents and Democratic presidents (although less so), under Republican Congresses and Democratic Congresses. We all share in this and we should get the revenue from us to get it under control so that we don't leave our children a mess to clean up.

    December 4, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Pete

    Demint is one of those red state nut jobs that wanted
    to suceed remember!!And with no revenue coming in his state its going to exist as well right!!More delushion from the right,the doctors,lawyers that are now economic specialists,what BS,bet they can't balance a freakin check book,really pathedic!!All to protect their wealthy elitist handlers,what nitwits they are putting their political futures on the line for them,they'll see after midterms won't they!!

    December 4, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Reggie from LA

    Lordy! Not DeMint(ed) again. He's another Norquist. Too many GOP "leaders" take him too seriously, following his lead. So. We don't need money for infrastructure, defense spending, healthcare cost management. We have a surplus...at least that's what the Senator is saying. Let's not be silly. Rich people need to hang on to that money more than we need to invest into building the nation back into what it was before crony capitalism darn near drowned us. Wait! Wasn't that a bunch of rich people. Oh I forgot. Duh. I'm supposed to call them "job creators". Such a nice ring to it. Thanks Frank Luntz.

    December 4, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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