Saxby Chambliss Lies To Cobb County GOP
In a stunning act of desperation (ie. reelection), Senator Taxby Chambliss flew down to Georgia amid tough Fiscal Cliff talks to politrick Cobb County Republicans.
Saxby apparently thinks too little of his good constituents to be brave and own up to his own position, instead choosing to blatantly lie to them. Why being a lying liar who lies? Well, he wanted to cover his comments up from last week when he, Senator Saxby Chambliss, said he would raise taxes on Georgians.
I know many good folks in Cobb county, so you can bet this is going around today. Southern politics at its best.
Now, it’s easy to get lost in some of these terms and that is exactly what Taxby was counting on. Little did he know that some people follow this stuff just as closely as he does and we have the Internet.
Taxby stated that he is not “supporting an increase in tax rates,” knowing full well that his cushy “Gang of Six” has not only put them on the table (this year and last year), but it’ll likely be a part of any deal that is in fact voted on at the end of the day. There is no longer a coalition to protect top rate payers from higher taxes.
The Senator, talking down to the people he considers little, went on to excuse the fury around his comments last week attributing it to being the “slowest news-day of the year” and all this fuss about him being willing to break his pledge was much ado about nothing.
The story should end there right? He cleared the air after all. Nope. He went on to belittle and purposefully misguide Republican voters about the Reagan-endorsed Taxpayer Protection Pledge he signed. You know, the one addressed to them — the voters!
Feeling the wind at his back, he got interactive with the crowd. This is common in southern politics. In retail politics, relating is paramount to winning.
Here’s what the Marietta Daily Journal reported went on during his give and take with the county GOP:
The senator then asked attendees if they support ending $6 billion annual tax credits for ethanol, and nearly everyone in attendance raised his or her hand.
“Well guess what?” Chambliss said. “You just said you would violate the pledge that I signed, because, with the elimination of a tax credit, if you don’t take that money and reduce rates, that’s a violation of that pledge.”
Another stunning lie. The keepers of the pledge, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), are opposed to the ethanol mandate and tax credit. And if they weren’t, if it was offset by cuts or reductions in spending — it wouldn’t be a tax increase at all. Taxby knows this because this was a conversation last year during the debt cieling talks when he and others mischaracterized conservative groups’ position on the awful subsidy.
Taxby, hoping that Georgians didn’t catch the 2011 drama, casually left out two points incriminating his argument: 1) ATR is against a net increase in taxes, as in… cut the spending, and 2) Grover Norquist, ATR’s President and the most feared man on the issue of taxes (aside from the voter), was the first one to relieve pressure on the GOP last year allowing a deal to ultimately be made.
Picking up where he left off last week, he lobbied hard for a deal, pleaded for “flexibility,” and used the exact same phrase that got him in trouble last week saying times “have changed in 20 years” when he signed his pledge to the voters.
Here’s the pledge, increase Taxby forgot:
I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
Taxby thinks Georgians are too stupid to catch him in his lies but may have seriously just underestimated the patriots of the 13th colony.
I speak DC-enese too Mr. Chambliss. You’ve been caught red-handed. Comment below if you’re willing to help in a grassroots effort to make sure #Taxby loses a primary.