As the election season unfolds, we have been inundated with ads encouraging us to support Clark Parker for Congress. Each ad stresses that Clark will never vote to raise our taxes. Does anyone have a problem with 47 percent of all U.S. households paying zero in federal income tax? It would seem that everyone living in this country and enjoying the benefits of this country should have to pay something for these privileges. Most of these non taxpaying citizens actually get money back from the federal government in the form of the "earned income tax credit," which pays them for nothing. Hey, Clark, don't you think that maybe a tax increase on some of these folks would be OK?
Another great sound bite is Clark's statement that he will never vote for a budget that is not balanced. I guess that means he will never vote for a budget, period. As a certified public accountant, he has to know that without deep cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security no budget can ever be balanced, and I have yet to meet any politician that is willing to jeopardize their seat in Congress to make these cuts.
As a conservative and a realist, hearing these claims creates an air of non-credibility not just from Parker but from many candidates. If Clark Parker really wants to gain my support, then cease with the sound bites and lay out an honest program of what deep cuts he will support and where he will be willing to accept revenue increases. Any rational voting person should be aware that deficit spending in the $1.5 trillion range cannot be addressed without these two components. If Parker or any other candidate cannot endorse this, then his two sons really will be heading down the road to national financial ruin.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.