Harry Reid: ‘Everybody, including rich people, willing to pay more’ taxes

harry-reidSaying there will be no grand bargain in the House-Senate budget conference involving spending cuts to entitlement programs, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed everyone is “willing to pay more” in taxes.

When asked by a Nevada Public Radio host what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts on the table, Reid made it clear he is more interested in getting rid of the only cuts to actual spending seen thus far — sequestration, as reported by Roll Call.

“On sequestration, we’ve done one year of sequestration. It has been brutal,” Reid said.

“The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid said. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.”

Never mind that the federal government is projected to collect more revenue in 2013 than ever before, as reported by The Hill.

“The rich are willing to pay more,” Reid added. “They’re not the ones out here saying, ‘please don’t tax me.’”

Reid then looked to moderate Republicans to assist Democrats in raising taxes, saying “we’re going to have to have mainstream Republicans step up again.”

Paging U.S. Sen. John McCain.

“They have their mind set on doing nothing, nothing more on revenue, and until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a grand bargain on — there’s not going to be a small bargain,” Reid said. “We’re just going to have to do something to work our way through sequestration.”

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  • SFerggie

    Hay fuk brain they dont have to do anything and sequestration stays in effect and we get more cuts.

  • David William Reid

    Yet ask one of these guys to take a pay cut (aka) less pay from the tax payers and what do you get? Nancy Pelosi who says no that would hurt my integrity. lol! Always ok when its never a Democrats pocket that it hurts now is it? I know? Lets put a open box on the W2 forms where you can send in as much as you want WILLINGLY AND FREELY to go directly to extra taxes, and lets see just how many people do that? lol! Guaranteed it would be 0!

    • princesssong

      Pelosi, has NO Integrity

      • Carol Chadbourne

        And no brain matter…with her wild’n crazy eyes, it’s like….”what the hell am I doing here and what am I suppose to be saying….”??? She’s loony.

    • Vincent Ardolino

      I think you must first have something before you can hurt it, how can you hurt what you don’t have?

    • Fairwind

      Since ALL of the idiot politicians currently “serving” only represent the “Party”, let the taxpayer quit paying their salaries, benefits and expenses (INCLUDING THEIR RETIREMENT) and let the “Party” the work for pay up. None of them do anything for us except give the american people the shaft

  • doximom

    I am NOT willing to pay more in taxes at least until the government stops runaway spending!

  • CitizenBrain

    THAT MUST BE SOME GOOD HEROIN YOU’RE SMOKING, REID.

  • Betty Jay

    I bet old Reid wouldn’t take a pay cut to help pay for our debt. Like Nancy Pelosi who stated that “taking a pay cut would hurt her integrity,” Reid and all those old codgers in Washington would not be willing to take a pay cut and they will find a way so that they will not have to pay any higher taxes. They do a lot of talking but they do not show any true actions. They are good at passing laws but do not follow them. We need to get rid of all those old codgers, they have become worthless.

    • Carol Chadbourne

      Seems they are SO old that they’ve forgotten for whom they work. They are way overpaid, as it is…for doing nothing except what they WANT to do with no regard for their employers…how much you wanna bet he won’t be around much longer…..

  • OldmanRick

    Blame Nevada, especially Las Vegas unions and casinos for the brat’s personal pimp. Had this pile of processed Bull fodder not been reelected, the senate would not be such a failed, nonproductive, government parasite. Reid is acting as a shield for the inept, incompetent, small community agitator who occasionally condescends to occupy the witless house.

    Local elections do affect the entire country, especially when the wrong people are elected to public office.

    • Carol Chadbourne

      Total agreement……he’s one of 2 rotten taters that spoil the dinner.

  • RiteWingNutKrakka

    On top of rising prices on everything, the increases in most people’s health insurance because of ACA, now they want to raise taxes? Isn’t this what the founders fought and died to prevent?

  • Lance A White

    I am willing to pay LESS taxes, much less :)

  • Tex2112

    Blithering idiot…arrogantly speaking for ‘the rich’ because he knows, he really believes he is one of our ruling overlords…

  • byeGeorge

    Ah, heavens and earth, friend…if Harry Reid made the acquiring of ignorance the study of life he could not have graduated with higher honors than what he said today…