Chambliss et al may defend me as a "taxpayer" while clobbering me as a "special interest" (mortgagee, donor).Now Chambliss has embarked on a bipartisan roadshow with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. According to the New York Times, he is unequivocal: taxes must be raised.
While Republicans are adamantly antitax, Mr. Chambliss said, “We’ve got to close the revenue gap.”
And, breaking another GOP taboo:
A questioner pointed out the importance of military spending in Virginia, home to the Pentagon, bases and shipbuilding, but Mr. Warner and Mr. Chambliss agreed that it must be cut, too.Chambliss cast budget reform as a three-legged stool:
“If we cut all of that” part of the budget, “we still couldn’t solve the problem,” Mr. Chambliss said.
Reducing entitlement programs, which make up more than 40 percent of the budget, would also not be enough for long-term solvency, he added, “and you can’t raise taxes enough to get us out of this problem. So obviously you have to have all three of those issues up for dialogue.”
These points in one sense simply reiterate Chambliss' signing on to the Bowles-Simpson plan. But in the face of Norquist's challenge, and the ambiguous response, this independent truth-telling seems significant.