Grover warns of tea party resurrection; Mitchell: ‘fiscal cliff’ not the problem

With less than one month before the ‘fiscal cliff,’ both White House and Republican parties display an unrelenting tone and are still unable to come up with an agreement that will help avert the effects of the brewing storm of automatic spending cuts and higher federal tax rates by 2013.

Negotiations have been made, but so far no common ground has been reached. President Obama and his Democrat allies have earlier proposed a $1.6 trillion fiscal cliff proposal that presses mainly for higher federal tax rates for the wealthy, which is promptly countered by the $2.2 billion Republican plan that centers on curbing federal tax spending instead of levying higher federal taxes.

In NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Grover Norquist- author of the no-new-taxes pledge and one of the main influences in the GOP debates- warned of a tea party revival if Pres. Obama “pushes the country over the fiscal cliff.”

The fiscal cliff has serious implications: the expiration of the Bush federal tax cuts will raise the current federal tax rates; the expiration of Payroll Tax Cut will raise the rate to up to 2 percent; the commencement of the Budget Control Act will automatically cut back federal tax spending; and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will result to additional federal taxes.

However, Cato Institute fellow Daniel Mitchell argues that the problem is not the fiscal cliff. “In a competitive global economy, for instance, it is bizarrely self-destructive to increase the double taxation of dividends and capital gains,” writes Mitchell.