As for the heated rhetoric that accompanies any talk of taxes nowadays, Stockman told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl last night that his own Republican Party has gone too far with its anti-tax religion.
"Well it's become in a sense an absolute. Something that can't be questioned, something that's gospel, something that's sort of embedded into the catechism and so scratch the average Republican today and he'll say 'Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts,'" Stockman said on the CBS news show.
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"It's rank demagoguery," he added. "We should call it for what it is. If these people were all put into a room on penalty of death to come up with how much they could cut, they couldn't come up with $50 billion, when the problem is $1.3 trillion. So, to stand before the public and rub raw this anti-tax sentiment, the Republican Party, as much as it pains me to say this, should be ashamed of themselves."
Dems not off the hook: Stockman also had harsh word for Democrats when it comes to taxes, particularly in regard to Obama's call to make middle class tax cuts permanent.
"We have now got both parties essentially telling a big lie," Stockman said. "With a capital 'B' and a capital 'L' to the public: and that is that we can have all this government, 24 percent of GDP, this huge entitlement program, all of the bailouts. And yet, we don't have to tax ourselves and pay our bills. That is delusional."
Electorate bears blame, too: I'll add one more guilty party to the group, American taxpayers.
It started with Reagan's "morning in America," when were were promised we could have it all, minuscule taxes as well as all the government services we wanted, trickling down on everyone.
Optimism is not necessarily bad. Delusion is.
Since then, we've welcomed -- even encouraged -- political pandering and lies when it comes to taxes.
It's time for us to ask -- no, demand -- that our lawmakers tell us the truth and work together for the good of the country, not just for votes.
That means accepting some taxes, even those that don't provide directly for what we personally want.
Welcome back to civilized society.
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