Nationally prominent Democrats have begun signaling that they will raise taxes. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne Semprini today called on Representatives-elect Hodes and Shea-Porter to pledge to New Hampshire citizens that they will not vote to raise taxes.
"Despite campaign pledges against tax increases, just two days after taking control of Congress, national Democrats started positioning to raise our taxes. The citizens of New Hampshire do not want their taxes raised. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter should pledge to New Hampshire taxpayers that when they get to Washington, they will not vote to raise taxes," said Semprini.
Republicans warned of tax increases if Democrats took control and throughout the campaign season. Democrats either made promises not to raise taxes or they dodged the question. Only two days after the election, former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, the Democrat Party's economic spokesperson, said, "You cannot solve the nation's fiscal problems without increased revenues. ...I think if you were to increase taxes right now, you would have probably about zero negative effect on the economy." (Rubin's Tax Gambit, Wall Street Journal Editorial, November 14, 2006)
"Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter should recognize that Republican tax cuts have led to a strong economy and unprecedented growth and they should keep their hands out of our wallets," concluded Semprini.