Daily Archives: Dec. 18, 2012

Huelskamp: ‘No’ means ‘no’ on tax hikes

It was no surprise that U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, was less than enthusiastic Tuesday about a fiscal-cliff solution backed by House Speaker John Boehner that includes raising tax rates on income of more than $1 million, in addition to $1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. “Republicans have taken a pledge not to raise taxes, and a trillion tax increase is a violation of that pledge,” Huelskamp told Roll Call. In prepared remarks about the proposal, Boehner said, “Most importantly, we’d lock in a process for tax reform and entitlement reform in 2013 – the two big goals we’ve talked about for years.” The White House also balked at the proposal, saying it didn’t ask enough of the wealthy and shifted the burden to the middle class and seniors.

Mass killings remain relatively rare

Despite the impression given by the media, mass shootings are not more common now than they have been in past decades, John Fund wrote in National Review Online. “Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century,” Fund noted. “The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.” Of course, the rarity of the killings is of no comfort to families in Newtown, Conn.