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December 23, 2012


How Republicans Became the Anti-Tax Party

The New York Times notes the last time any Congressional Republican voted for a tax increase was for the budget deal crafted in 1990.

"The conservative revolt against that 1990 legislation -- and against President George Bush, who violated his own 'Read my lips' vow not to increase taxes -- was a seminal moment for Republicans. The party of balanced budgets became the party that opposed tax increases."

"Republicans continue to embrace the no-new-taxes stand as a centerpiece of the party's identity, even in the face of public opinion that strongly supports tax increases on high incomes. And some Republicans fear that the party's commitment to prevent tax increases more and more is coming at the expense of those other, older kinds of fiscal responsibility."












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