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

Here is a full transcript of Hewitt’s interview with DeMint, with an audio clip at the bottom:

HH: Pleased to welcome now to the Hugh Hewitt Show Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina. Senator, always a pleasure, welcome back.

JD: Thank you, Hugh. It’s great to be with you.

HH: I’ve got some quick questions for you. The first is if the deal reached between the President and the Republican leadership yesterday makes it to the floor of the Senate in substantially the same form, will you vote for cloture to allow a final vote on it? And would you vote for it on that final vote if it cleared cloture?

JD: No.

HH: On both counts?

JD: On both counts. I’m glad the President recognizes that tax increases hurt the economy. I mean, I guess that’s progress. But frankly, Hugh, most of us who ran this election said we were not going to vote for anything that increased the deficit. This does. It raises taxes, it raises the death tax. I don’t think we needed to negotiate that aspect of this thing away. I don’t think we need to extend unemployment any further without paying for it, and without making some modifications such as turning it into a loan at some point. It then encourages people to go back to work. So there’s a lot of problems with it. I mean, and frankly, the biggest problem I have, Hugh, is we don’t need a temporary economy, which means we don’t need a temporary tax rate. A permanent extension of our current tax rates would allow businesses to plan five and ten years in advance, and that’s how you build an economy.

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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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