Rep. Nan Hayworth Says Tax Increases are Non-Starter in Debt Talks

Monday, July 18, 2011

After a weekend of relatively little progress on the debt-ceiling negotiations, Congress is still far away from any sort of compromise. This week, Republicans intend to vote on a "cap, cut and balance" plan, aimed at capping federal spending, cutting the deficit and amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget. They would also lift the debt limit. The deal may get enough support in the House, but it's less likely to pass the Senate.

Rep. Nan Hayworth, Republican of New York, talks about what her party wants out of the of debt-ceiling negotiations as the August 2 deadline quickly approaches. 

Guests:

Nan Hayworth

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [11]

Sandra Kolbo from 11778

I respect the fact that you are not specifically my representative, but how you vote will affect me! I ask you to immediately urge Speaker Boehner to bring his Republican caucus together to support President Obama and come to a balanced approach is resolving the present national debt crisis with a fair return to raising income from the Americans. You yourself and all Republican members should support this approach and as your constituents we urge you to do so and not put our country in further economic peril.

Jul. 28 2011 05:51 PM
joann zipp

The rich are not job creators, lets get serious , they haven't created jobs in all the years they have received the Bush tax cuts. Stop hurting the poor & middle class, with cuts only that's exactly what your party will be doing

Jul. 28 2011 11:20 AM
Michael J. Hudson

Congresswoman Hayworth,
After hearing both sides I feel that Boehner's stance displays partsan politics and ignores the fate of our nation. Cuts and caps are not the answer. We are already at the bone. We need jobs. Remove the social security taxable limit. That alone will make the system solvent. The middle class generally are not ignorant and shouldn't be treated as so by skirting issues that only require some common sense. Please urge congress to focus on compromise and not partisanship.

Jul. 26 2011 03:49 PM
Don deKoven from Town of Poughkeepsie

Vote for the so-called "balanced" plan to solve the debt-ceiling crisis & bring in more taxes from those who can afford to pay more taxes without the slightest suffering, & close the loopholes in current tax law. Thank you.

Jul. 26 2011 02:04 PM
William L. Schecter from South Salem, NY

By linking a budget agreement that could have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion over ten years to the debt ceiling vote and a pledge not to raise taxes, Ms. Hayworth and the Republican party have squandered a golden opportunity to make a significant dent in the national debt. Our children and grandchildren will pay a high price for this short sightedness. This negotiating tactic forced on the Republican leadership by the Tea Party wing has also unnecessarily taken our country to the brink of a default with no tangible results to show for it.

The pledge of most Republicans not to raise taxes, even on the ultra wealthy, seems to have been motivated either by ideological or political reasons, not sound fiscal logic, and has caused the party to cede the high ground in this national debate to the Democrats.

The Republican party may now be portrayed as the party that cares more about low taxes for the wealthy than it does about long-term deficits that will ultimately debilitate the economy and weaken our country.

By selling out to the radical wing of the party, the Republicans have succeeded in their mission to thwart Obama, but at a great cost to future generations of Americans.

Jul. 26 2011 12:32 PM
richard borowiak

I keep hearing how raising taxes on the wealthy would destroy job growth and I can't help but wonder where the growth has been for the past ten years. You people who live in the so called "bubble" of Washington just don"t get it. I think your representation of the special interests, corporations, lobbyists etc and not the American people shows me how out of touch Washington is with the real world. How could you even think about cutting are entitlements ,which we have worked for all our lives? Thats why they are called entitlements.To take away these things without fixing the loopholes in our tax system, and not asking the hedgehoggers, ultrarich etc to pay there fair share is an insult to the American people, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Jul. 26 2011 08:52 AM
Richard & Dorothy Thayer from Warwick, NY

Dear Congresswoman Hayworth:

We ask you to immediately urge Speaker Boehner to bring his Republican caucus together to support President Obama and come to a balanced approach is resolving the present national debt crisis with a fair return to raising income from the Americans. You yourself and all Republican members should support this approach and as your constituents we urge you to do so and not put our country in further economic peril.

Respectfully, Richard & Dorothy Thayer , 17 White Oak St., Warwick, NY 10990 845 544-1964

Jul. 25 2011 09:52 PM
Frustrated Educator

Dear Rep. Hayworth,

I would like to comment on the current stalemate on negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. While almost everyone agrees that the debt ceiling must be raised, party members and their constituents find this an ideal time to try to force their "wants" before agreeing to any deal.

For many years, I listened to hogwash about trickle-down economics, and how providing the wealthy with tax cuts would benefit the lower classes. This theory was deemed as proven to be untrue by economists. (Even dead rich people had to be taxed less, Republicans theorized.)

During the Bush II era, we again had to stomach policies which enabled wealthy people to get wealthier, while the middle class shrunk and the poor became poorer. Middle and poor people do not have many financial strategists and lobbyists, and cannot contribute as much to election campaigns.

Now that we have extended tax cuts for the even wealthier, we find ourselves unable to pay our bills (no surprise) and want to reduce benefits for the poor, elderly, and disabled. Shame on us! Our representatives should be working on a deal which taps our gluttonous wealthy to help pay off our debt, since they benefitted from unfair policies which augmented their interests, and ignored the interests of the majority of Americans.

I was not able to get any of the email contacts on your websites to work, so I guess I'll have to post my opinion here.

Jul. 25 2011 09:49 PM
Pedrolito from Brewster

"To raise the tax rate on our corporations will not bring working capital back for jobs--that’s the problem.
— Nan Hayworth"
True. Because the corporation's working capital is offshore in developing countries. Matters not what the tax rate here is. They will only invest on the best return and that is not in America. So, now what is your solution?

Jul. 19 2011 06:42 AM
listener

Those freshmen representatives who actually take their oath to the US Constitution and campaign promises seriously are frustrating, aren't they?

Jul. 18 2011 06:28 PM
Mordecai Christi from Boston

Taking money from the man with no eyes, no ears, no voice -

there is nothing more that need be said that has not, that you, reader, do not already know and feel deep inside.

That said, the right thing to do is to no longer throw homeless, poor, starving, the disabled (in any capacity), or the sick (all of these labels more or less effective to a single human's experience), to throw them into a pit and set them on fire.

Extreme hyperbole? Might as well be. But its not. The first option we have is to murder the weak? To push the 'useless' into the way of the bullet speeding towards a billionaire's sad-wallet? Seriously, you can look inside, if you disagree that those with the dividends, those with the money, the happiness, the chances and options, should not be the first to be asked to share, rather than rape and cannibalize the man, woman, or child who has little or none? This is what you want to see reflected from your own ethos by standing idly and letting the rules and law take the stand that we ought, a modest proposal, eat the poor? The disabled? The sick and the disadvantaged who were not born into great opportunity in the land of said 'opportunity'?

That is enough.
Every single person has a choice.
We are all responsible.
We hear that businesses will not have the ability to 'maintain' their practices, that they will not be able to 'create new jobs'.

There is money they have de facto by in the first place BEING a business. They MAKE money. USE that money, change your pay rates, negotiate with other businesses to the benefit of the society in which you live, not only your own life.

What happens when the poor get so hungry that they decide, 28 days later, to eat the rich, instead?

Jul. 18 2011 09:50 AM

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