Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The People Shout: Balance Budget, Then Slash Taxes but House Budget Committee Says No, We Promised to Cut Taxes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The People Shout: Balance Budget, Then Slash Taxes but House Budget Committee Says No, We Promised to Cut Taxes

Article excerpt

The House Budget committee came to Manville to hear how real people feel about the federal budget problem.

After three hours of listening to people of all ages demand less federal spending on defense, on welfare, on the arts, on public broadcasting and on congressional salaries, Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, the committee's chairman, hit the crowd of about 1,000 with a hardball question:

Who was so concerned about the federal deficit that he or she would forgo tax cuts promised by both Republicans and Democrats until after the budget is balanced?

In the packed meeting hall of a Veterans of Foreign Wars center in heavily Republican central New Jersey, hands went up everywhere. Kasich then asked how many people wanted their tax cuts up front, before the budget is balanced. Only a few hands went up - and those who raised them were booed.

The hearing took place Saturday.

"Both parties are offering a political rebate," said Cole Kleitsch, 33, a property manager who lives in Princeton, N.J., and who works for the debt-fighting Conquer Coalition. "The people (whom the debt) is going to hurt most - the children - are not in this room. That's our posterity, and we're supposed to take care of it. So far we're taking care of our posterior."

Despite the overwhelming sentiment for deferring tax cuts, a sentiment that Kasich said he and the committee also found in three previous committee hearings - in the Midwest, West and South - the chairman said there were no plans to reconsider the $200 billion in tax relief that Republican House candidates promised in their Contract with America.

"The No. 1 thing we have to do in this country is keep our word, and keeping our word involves doing the kind of relief that is promised in the contract," Kasich said after the hearing. "It's something of a problem when you have people overwhelmingly saying, `We don't want to do this. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.