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Bill Young on the fiscal cliff and Norquist's pledge

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December

U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who turns 82 in a little over a week, spoke at the Tiger Bay Club’s luncheon on Friday. Here’s some of what he had to say:
 
On the fiscal cliff:
 
“On the fiscal cliff, what I think you will see happen is that there will be a 30 day or 90 day extension and leave everything just like it is for 90 days, giving Congress 90 more days to sit around and try to figure out what to do.”
 
On signing Grover Norquist’s pledge:
 
“I did sign the pledge…I am really opposed to raising taxes when I know the money is going to be spent and not be used to deal with the budget deficit.”

 
“The pledge talks about raising the rate of taxes, it doesn’t talk about not raising any revenue. We think we can raise a lot of revenue without raising the rate of taxation."
 
“I will support what has to be done if it meets the parameters of no taxing just to spend money, or no cutting of budgets that are important or essential.”
 
On why he refused to debate his Democratic opponent in the Nov. election:
 
“I have never, never run a negative ad or made a personal attack on any candidate or any opponent. Now is there anybody here who can challenge that statement? I don’t think so…and so why would I debate when the opposition candidate — that’s all that candidate talked about — was personal attacks on me. Now I’m not going to debate personal attacks on me.”
 
On Afghanistan:
 
“The situation in Afghanistan is totally different than it was when we went there, the rules of engagement are not acceptable. I just don’t think we should expose our troops to those kinds of conditions. So yes, I say I want them out of there yesterday.”

[Last modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 2:45pm]

    

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