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January 4, 2013 | 2385 views | 6 comments

The following article, authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees, was published today in the Houston Chronicle:

Texans would have been hit with the biggest tax increase in the history of our country if Congress failed to act on the American Taxpayer Relief Act in the early hours of 2013. The question I faced was, "Would Texans be better off with a massive tax increase?" In good conscience, I could not allow this to take place. I don't believe Washington needs more money; I believe Texans should keep more of their hard-earned dollars, which is why I voted for the act. This bill, while admittedly not perfect, makes tax cuts permanent for nearly all Texans.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the fiscal cliff ordeal was that President Obama engaged in the same type of brinksmanship that has become his hallmark. For the fourth time in two years, he stalled and delayed on critical fiscal policy actions.

In December 2010, it was the two-year extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. In the spring of 2011, a government shutdown was narrowly averted by a midnight vote on Capitol Hill. The following summer brought us to the brink once more when the president walked away from the negotiating table on a deal surrounding the debt ceiling. And, of course, Congress rang in the new year with a last-minute escape from the largest tax increase in American history.

In every instance, the looming deadline for action has been obvious. And in every instance, the White House has purposefully slow-walked the process in a shameless attempt to score cheap political points.

The result has been a series of manufactured crises that have brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe. This is a terrible, acrimonious way of doing business. It diminishes global confidence in the United States, and it is a disservice to the American people. Simply put, this must change.

Over the next few months, we will reach deadlines related to the debt ceiling, the sequester and the continuing appropriations resolution that has funded federal operations since October. If history is any guide, President Obama won't see fit to engage congressional Republicans until the 11th hour. In fact, he has already signaled an unwillingness to negotiate over the debt ceiling. This is unacceptable. The president should immediately put forward a plan that addresses these deadlines, and he should launch serious, transparent budget negotiations.

The biggest fiscal problem in Washington is excessive spending, not insufficient taxation. Tax cuts didn't cause this problem, so tax increases won't solve it. If we don't reduce spending and reform our three biggest entitlement programs - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - then we will strangle economic growth, destroy jobs and reduce our standard of living. With the national debt above $16 trillion, and with more than $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities hanging over us, our toughest fiscal decisions cannot be postponed any longer.

Republicans are more determined than ever to implement the spending cuts and structural entitlement reforms that are needed to secure the long-term fiscal integrity of our country.

The coming deadlines will be the next flashpoints in our ongoing fight to bring fiscal sanity to Washington. It may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country, rather than plod along the path of Greece, Italy and Spain. President Obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately.

Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.
 
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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 9, 2013 5:53am
 
 
Why do Republicans claim class warfare when taxes
on high income people are raised back to the level
of the Clinton era but are silent while our progressive
tax system ... Read More Read More
 
 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 9, 2013 5:28am
 
 
Alvin is right. The federal revenue is only enough
to pay the entitlements and other mandates that are
already established in law by previous lawmakers.
All other federal ... Read More Read More
 
 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 9, 2013 4:08am
 
 
Senator Cornyn fires the first salvo in the war of stupid.

Nonody has the fortitude to veebalize what we're talking about.

Cutting Social Security, Medicare amd Defense ... Read More Read More
 
 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 8, 2013 5:37am
 
 
Facts only Please......How would you have voted ?
Do you think the debt ceiling should be frozen in the
next battle ?
Chopin, In your civil service career, have you ... Read More Read More
 
 
Facts only please  
TX  
January 7, 2013 9:40pm
 
 
Cornyn: excuses...excuses..your vote showed your true Color
As far as Chopin...that is the most stupid thing I have heard. You make NO sense..trust me
 
 
Chopin  
La Vernia  
January 7, 2013 6:53pm
 
 
Believe me...the Government would be fine with all Agencies cutting any Civil Servant worker who has less than 3 years service. They are considered Career-conditional and ... Read More Read More
 

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