DeMint comes out against tax deal, says GOP must do ‘better than this’

Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who bucked his party leadership during the midterm elections, was back at it again Tuesday night, saying he would not vote for the tax cut deal brokered between the GOP and President Obama because it increases the deficit.

“Most of us who ran this election said we were not going to vote for anything that increased the deficit. This does,” DeMint said, explaining his opposition to conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

It could be the beginning of the deal’s unraveling, if DeMint’s public break with the deal and with his party’s handling of negotiations with the White House prompts others in his party to turn against it as well, especially over the roughly $900 billion the deal adds to the deficit and national debt.

During the midterm elections, DeMint’s endorsements of Tea Party candidates in primaries against candidates favored by the Washington establishment angered many in his party. His words to Hewitt Tuesday are sure to set off a new round of recriminations within GOP circles.

DeMint appeared wary of being too tough on his party leaders, but was unapologetic in opposing the deal.

“I don’t want to second-guess my leadership, but frankly, I think we need to come away with a lot better than this,” he said. “We cannot increase the deficit, or keep increasing deficit spending.”

“So again, I’m trying not to be too hard on the people who’ve done this, but we’ve worked too hard, and Americans worked too hard to elect us.”

DeMint said the negotiating process should have been more open and inclusive of new lawmakers just elected, and even expressed a willingness to keep working on a deal into next year and allow taxes to go up on all Americans on Jan. 1.

“So it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if we pushed this whole things into next year,” he said. “There are a lot of people advocating for it, saying this is the best that we can get. But I’ve talked to a number of the conservatives today who have grave concerns. I know a lot of them won’t vote for it unless it’s paid for. I don’t think the Democrats are going to cut spending enough to pay for this.”

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  • The Die Hard

    HAHAHAHAHA! You go, psychotic drug addict DeMento! You just go on jumping up and down opposing extending those billions in tax handouts to your own people ALL OVER THE PLACE! I may even come wave a sign. “Crazy Jim is a true teabagger!”

    Not that anybody believes you for a nanosecond. Your snarling whine of “They bettuh quit givin’ money to them dahkies on that theah welfauh, or we gonna, gonna — give up the billions that dahkie done jus’ handed us!”

    Uh-huh. You’ve got that spineless excuse for a president by the ears, but you’d still hand over six senate seats to keep your billions.

    “Push this whole thing until next year?” Gee, WHAT a surprise. You spent the past two years obstructing EVERYTHING, while your Supreme Scum traitors quietly passed laws allowing Saudi Arabia to buy the midterm elections for you.

    Oh, and for morons like Cabrera? You can’t read, you can’t form a coherent sentence, and you can’t even remember what your puppet-masters Limdick and Beckless told you to say. Shut up and go back to your day labor job.

    LET THE BUSH HANDOUTS EXPIRE. I’ll gladly give up my two hundred, if demiento and company have to give up their extra TWENTY BILLION.

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  • Vuvuzela

    We don’t have a tax problem in this country, we have a spending problem. DeMint is right – by decreasing (or in this case holding down) taxes we are in essence “spending” tax money in a reverse sense. If I’m reading him right he’s saying the tax restrictions must also be met with a spending restriction. We need to cut the crap out of the federal bureaucracy in order to stop the deficit spiral.

    If we don’t do that we’re doomed!

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