Open Thread Friday: Spending Cuts v. Tax Increases
This just in: Jon Huntsman is a coward. The former Utah governor whose presidential campaign, as best I can recall, was predicated on standing up to the armies of irrationality he believed occupied his own party, has admitted that he knuckled under to conservative pressure to resist tax increases. Here he is in an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as reported by Buzzfeed:
Huntsman said he regrets his decision to oppose a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal to cut the deficit at the Iowa debate lamenting: “if you can only do certain things over again in life.”
"What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining," he explained. "What was going through my mind was 'don't I just want to get through this?'"
That decision, Huntsman said, "has caused me a lot of heartburn.”
Every time this debate comes up, conservatives rightly note that these sort of compromise packages tend to be a bait and switch, with the tax hikes being implemented but the spending reductions inevitably failing to materialize. But let's suspend disbelief for a moment. If you got the 10-to-1 deal -- with the guarantee that it would be implemented in full -- would you take it?