Well knock me over with a feather!
The 1980 vice presidential nominee for the socially liberal – but fiscally conservative – Libertarian Party, Koch told POLITICO “I believe in gay marriage” when asked about the GOP’s stance on gay rights.Ok, ok. Even Cheney came around on that. But tax increases? Defense cuts?
Koch said he thinks the U.S. military should withdraw from the Middle East and said the government should consider defense spending cuts, as well as possible tax increases to get its fiscal house in order – a stance anathema to many in the Republican Party.Personally, I would LOVE to see David Koch go mano-a-mano against Grover Norquist. David Koch is a slimebucket, but if his influence is enough to weaken the asinine position the GOP has taken about taxes, well, I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.
“I think it’s essential to be able to achieve spending reductions and maybe it’s going to require some tax increases,” he said. “We got to come close to balancing the budget, otherwise we’re in a terrible deep problem.”
Of course, the real question is, tax increases on whom? Clearly the conservatives have not been shy, if coy, about raising taxes on the poor and middle class, so I would welcome some elaboration on the part of Mr. Koch about the types of taxes he would suggest raising.
Regardless, please pass the popcorn.