Debate about Taxes Is Really about Spending

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Debate about Taxes Is Really about Spending

September 14, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner says he might be willing to compromise on those expiring Bush tax cuts by allowing rates to increase for those making more than $250,000 year. This is a trap he should avoid.

The debate about should not be about taxes, but about spending.

The question ought not to be why people making more than $250,000 should be allowed to keep their money. The question should be, why should people be required to surrender increasing amounts of the money they earn to dysfunctional government which misspends it?

Like a college student who wastes the allowance she gets on wild living and shopping sprees and then asks her parents for more, the government is out of control. The parents and the taxpayer ought to be turning off the money tap instead of pouring more money down the drain. Will Republicans lead this debate, or surrender to President Obama?

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.