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(Editor’s note: We here at the Western Center for Journalism are proud to be a signing participant.)


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CONSERVATIVE ACTION PROJECT

MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT

ANY “GRAND BARGAIN” MUST INCLUDE:

1. NO NET TAX INCREASE


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2. NO DE-COUPLING OF TAX RATES

3. NO SEQUESTER WITHOUT REAL SPENDING REDUCTIONS

4. NO TWO-STEP PROCESS THAT KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD

5. NO INCREASE TO THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT BUDGET CUTS and SPENDING CAPS

PLEDGES MADE SHOULD BE PLEDGES KEPT!!!

RE: Averting the “Fiscal Cliff” through significant spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax reform with lower rates for individuals. The Federal government clearly has a problem with spending money it doesn’t have—see $16 trillion debt.

ISSUE IN BRIEF: The term “Fiscal Cliff” is the name given to the possible effect if a number of laws–due to expire–are not extended or modified. The result would be tax increases and spending cuts. These are all coming to a head at the same time because Congress passed and the President signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 enacting automatic spending cuts to begin on January 2, 2013.

ACTION: Conservatives should insist that negotiations on any “Grand Bargain” be an open process for the citizens to observe for themselves and President Obama should submit a plan in the form of actual legislation so all will have time to read it and express their opinions to their elected representatives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE “FISCAL CLIFF” ISSUE SEE THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323830404578143481447216310.html?mod=hp_opinion

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/charles-krauthammer-fiscal-cliff_n_2215815.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-a-cliff-of-democrats-choosing/2012/11/28/0320513c-38ce-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/election/2012/11/28/democrats-must-move-on-entitlements-in-cliff-deal-bowles-says/

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2012/11/26/republicans-will-stick-to-grover-norquists-tax-pledge

http://heritageaction.com/2012/11/reckless-spending-is-the-real-cause-of-americas-fiscal-problem/

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/334264/repeat-after-me-social-security-adds-deficit-veronique-de-rugy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mr-obamas-time-to-lead-on-entitlements/2012/11/27/0430b112-38c8-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333990/transparency-walk-walk-mr-president-john-fund

http://www.nationaljournal.com//blogs/influencealley/2012/11/gop-fix-the-debt-group-too-one-sided-on-fiscal-cliff-26

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/11/27/social-security-fiscal-cliff/1730631/

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/269469-obama-tries-to-corner-gop-on-top-tax-rates

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/11/26/higher-gas-tax-idea-joins-fiscal-cliff-talks/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grover-norquist/fiscal-cliff_b_2173978.html

http://netrightdaily.com/2012/11/the-real-fiscal-cliff/

http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=312094

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johntamny/2012/11/18/well-never-reach-the-fiscal-cliff-and-it-wouldnt-matter-if-we-did/

http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=310753

 

Signed,

Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Myron Ebell, President, Freedom Action

Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union

Phil Burress, President, Citizen for Community Values Action (Ohio)

Kay R. Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Stuart W. Epperson, President, Council for National Policy

Alan Gottlieb, President, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

Penny Nance, President, Concerned Women for America

Floyd Brown, President, Western Center for Journalism

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

Terrence Scanlon, President, Capital Research Center

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Alfred Regnery, President, The Paul Revere Project

George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom

Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness

Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

Dr. Herb London, President Emeritus, Hudson Institute

Amy Kremer, Chairman, Tea Party Express

Brent Bozell, Chairman, ForAmerica

James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association

J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Peter Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus

Mathew D. Staver, Chairman, Liberty Counsel Action

Mallory Factor, Chairman, The Charleston Meeting

Rev. Louis Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Tom Donelson, Chairman, Americas Pac

Bill Pascoe, Executive Vice President, Citizens for the Republic

Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Heather Higgins, President & CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

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