As if Congressman Jerry Moran’s opposition to taxes wasn’t already well-known, the Hays Republican issued a press release Wednesday further explaining his dislike for taxes and calling on President Barack Obama to not go through with any additional tax increases.
White House senior economic advisor Paul Volcker suggested last week that the U.S. government consider raising taxes to bring budget deficits under control. More specifically, he suggested the U.S. adopt a “value-added tax,” similar to those charged in Europe. A value-added tax would be an additional tax added by retailers on goods and services and would be paid equally by individuals at all income levels.
Moran, who is a member of the Americans for Tax Reform’s Anti-VAT Caucus, shot back, saying additional taxes will only hurt the country’s already weak economic condition. He also joined with some of his Washington colleagues in asking President Obama to “…publicly reject a European-style value-added tax and pledge to work with Congress to reduce federal spending and put our Nation on a glide path toward real debt reduction without increasing taxes.”
Wednesday’s announcement is just another in a long list of anti-tax announcements and initiatives supported by Moran, who is trying to position himself as the ultimate conservative as he battles with Rep. Todd Tiahrt to win the dollars and votes of Kansas’ political right. Moran has never been questioned on his financial conservative label, but, in recent days, Tiahrt’s camp has begun trying to label Moran a fan of tax increases and government spending.