Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol made news after the disastrous 2012 presidential election by suggesting it might be a wise plan for Republicans to allow a few tax increases on the very wealthy to go through Congress in exchange for spending cuts.
“It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires,” Kristol said at the time.
Now he’s doubling down, repeating the same argument on Fox News Sunday today, going so far as to invoke Tea Party apathy on the subject of tax increases to back up his point.
“I just don’t think that the Republicans have the leverage — or that it’s worth using whatever leverage they have — to maintain rates at 35 percent instead of instead of 37 or 38,” Kristol said, “especially if you take it up to millionaires.”
It was at this point that Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward interjected, joking that “they are going to burn Bill Kristol’s Tea Party card, hearing him talk like this. You are off the reservation.”
“A lot of the Tea Party guys don’t care that much if a few millionaires pay a couple percent more in taxes, honestly,” Kristol replied.
Watch Kristol’s comments below, courtesy of Mediaite:
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