Reading Mr. Walker's retreat on the flat tax when he went before the Greensboro Realtors made me think about Steve Forbes.
In 1996, I had the honor of working in his Presidential campaign. Mr. Forbes practically invented the flat tax-one 17% tax rate, no loopholes and a $36,000 standard deduction. Fill out your tax form on a postcard and a completely fair system.
When Mr. Forbes got to the Des Moines Register Debate before the Caucus, he was leading the polls and Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and the rest were seething. They ganged up, attacked Forbes for stealing the mortgage deduction, ruining churches with no charity deduction and killing the family farm with no depreciation deduction. Steve Forbes answered all the fury with the facts. Just about everyone would have been better off with the flat tax. But it didn't matter. His campaign still collapsed under the shrill attacks.
When Mark Walker got to the Realtors the other day, he jumped off the flat tax like a cat on a hot stove. Remember that when Mr. Walker announced he was going to run against Howard Coble “He said Wednesday that, if elected, he’d focus on tax reforms, perhaps by blending fair and flat tax proposals. http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_3696fe14-8ca0-11e2-9c3f-001a4bcf6878.html
Then, he wrote on his website “It is time for tax reform through a radical change in our current tax code The flat tax and fair tax models are much better models and could be implemented whereby all Americans share some responsibility”. http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues
Supporting a real flat tax or the fair tax, a 23% national sales tax, gores every ox. And the Realtors and Berger pinned down Mark Walker.
Unlike Steve Forbes, Mark Walker folded. He saluted the mortgage interest deduction as “fundamental to the American dream”. Then he endorsed deductions for charity, colleges and something called Section 1031 write off. What other deductions Mark Walker came out for, I really can't say because the article didn't cover everything that might have happened. http://www.news-record.com/news/government/elections/article_83261390-eb8c-11e3-b67a-001a4bcf6878.html?fb_action_ids=10203570496490665&fb_action_types=og.comments
Personally, I like the flat tax. I don't like the fair tax. But what I really like is a candidate with guts enough to tell you where he stands and stick by it under pressure.
Mark Walker won't sign the pledge against Obama's tax increases. And before the Realtors, Mark Walker went back on the flat tax and fair tax. The more you think about it, the more you realize-Mark Walker is just another politician.
He's certainly no Steve Forbes
How many times have you heard Mark Walker say this? “You will never hear anything vitriolic from me,” http://triad-city-beat.com/gop-warriors-battle-to-determine-who-will-wear-the-coble-madras-jacket/
Well, we saw a different Mark Walker on Facebook last week after I wrote a blog about his refusal to sign a pledge to fight President Obama's tax increases. I quoted Mr. Walker's own words that he won't sign the no tax increase pledge because ''that is part of the Washington gridlock'' http://www.keepconservativesunited.net/blog/whats-behind-walkers-refusal-to-sign-no-tax-pledge
Mark Walker didn't dispute the facts. He didn't even argue my opinion was wrong.
Instead, Mark Walker said about me “There's no core principle of moral standard but rather a sad individual who sells his soul to the highest bidder. How miserable a life!”
No moral principles or standards? An individual who sells his soul? A miserable life? And here I thought Mark Walker said “You will never hear anything vitriolic from me”.
Mark Walker's not quite the Sir Galahad he pretends to be.
Lawyers say if you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you don't have the facts or the law on your side, just pound the table. As we shine the light of truth on Mark Walker's record, we're going to hear a lot more vitriolic table pounding from the Walker campaign.
In case Mark Walker hasn't been following the news about Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi's jailing in Mexico after making a wrong turn and crossing the border before he knew it, here is a video Reverend Walker can watch to get up to speed on the case. http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/video/video-sgt-andrew-tahmooressi-explains-how-mexican-prison-is-worse-than-afghanistan/
It might be a nice gesture if Mr. Walker would cancel his Mexican vacation raffle fundraiser until the Mexicans let our Marine go. There are plenty of other nice vacation packages he can raffle off before Mexico. Anyone in favor of the Crystal Coast of
While Mexico holds a United States Marine in jail for making a wrong turn at the border, Mark Walker is raffling off a Mexican vacation to raise money. We ought to be suspending money transfers and tourism until the Mexicans let our Marine go. How about it, Mr. Walker?
As President Obama begins adding $200 to our electric bills with new Global Warming regulations, remember Phil Berger is already on record to fight Obama's energy tax scheme. Berger has the courage to stand up to Obama.
There’s a clear difference in the candidates for Congress.
Phil Berger opposes Obama's amnesty for illegal aliens. ( WXII )
But Mark Walker said – ”I would propose legislation that would provide an incremental pathway to legalization for 12 million illegal immigrants”.
On Obamacare -- Phil Berger signed the ObamaCare repeal pledge.
But Mark Walker said -- ”we're not going to talk about repealing this or that” –. ( Triad City Beat 5/7/14)
Only hasn't the VA scandal proven government run healthcare is dangerous?
On taxes -- Phil Berger signed a pledge to fight Obama's tax increases.
But Mark Walker refused to sign a no tax increase pledge. Walker said – “that is part of the Washington gridlock”.
Only don't we want Republicans to stop Obama's tax increases?
Phil Berger has the courage to stand up to Obama. Vote July 15.
Yesterday, a Berger supporter asked a Walker supporter on Facebook why Mark Walker won't sign the no tax increase pledge. The Walker supporter said Walker is going to cut taxes, so of course, he's not going to raise them.
That's a nice spin. Only it doesn't at all agree with what Mark Walker said. He said he wasn't signing the no tax increase pledge because ". That is part of the Washington gridlock".
Mr. Walker didn't say anything about cutting taxes, just not being part of the Washington gridlock. And besides, Mark Walker is running for a 2 year term in Congress. And Barack Obama is going to be President so there will be no tax cuts.
So why is Mr. Walker so upset about Washington gridlock when the choice is raising taxes or gridlock? Here's my theory. Mark Walker wants to be popular in the media and in Washington.
Nothing will make you more popular in the media and in Washington than selling out Republican principles. As a minister, Mark Walker couldn't sell out on social issues. I don't think he could do it in good conscience and it wouldn't work anyway because he would look like a phony.
But Republican economics like not raising taxes is something else. If Mark Walker goes to Washington and says government needs more revenue, he would be the toast of the town. He would instantly become popular in the media.
No, Mark Walker's refusal to sign the no tax increase pledge has nothing to do with cutting taxes. It's about negotiating in Washington with Nancy Pelosi for some big deal that raises taxes permanently and restrains spending for about 15 seconds. It won't help the country. But it might make Mark Walker popular among the elite.
Last year, Barack Obama and New York Senator Charles Schumer came up with a bill to criminalize gun sales and transfers among friends and family members who didn't go through the government's background check (gun sales by firearm dealers already have a background check).
Here's what Mark Walker said about requiring background checks for getting a gun "A law-abiding citizen should have little problem with a background check". http://m.yourmobile.me/walker4nc
Doesn't that sound exactly like what Obama and Schumer say?
It's curious that Mark Walker has now expunged that statement supporting more background checks from his main campaign website. But the statement is still out there on the internet for anyone who wants to read it.
Phil Berger Jr. was endorsed by Grassroots NC for his leadership defending the Second Amendment. Between Berger and Walker, they know who is willing to stand strong to keep President Obama and Senator Schumer from stripping away our Constitutional freedom.
Here is how Washington works.
Kay Hagan voted to shield Congressmen and Senators from higher costs under ObamaCare with a special federal subsidy we pay for (Roll Call 211, 2013).
But Kay Hagan voted to increase health insurance costs by 10% for our veterans under Tricare (Roll Call 230, 2011). https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41861.pdf
Washington takes care of Washington first, last and always. And so does Senator Kay Hagan.