Mr. Speaker, history shows that if you tax something, you get less of it; if you subsidize something, you're going to get more of it.
This budget raises taxes. We shouldn't raise taxes during a recession on anyone that pays taxes. Tax increase will do several things. Small businesses that pay most of the taxes, they will have a tax increase. So to pay for these new taxes, they're going to have to cut jobs to pay for those taxes. It raises the utility rates on people that use energy. Now, that hurts those folks, the working poor, who have a fixed income, in essence, a tax increase on the poor. It cuts deductions for home mortgages and charitable contributions; that, in essence, hurts people who try to live in a home and contribute to charities. And the budget redistributes wealth.
Abraham Lincoln said, ``You don't make the poor rich by making the rich poor and you don't make the weak strong by making the strong weak.''
The budget is flawed with more government spending, more government control, and it raises taxes. Taxes will create less prosperity, not more prosperity.
And that's just the way it is.
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