Republican Study Committee chairman-elect: Obama has “an insatiable appetite to spend money”

As politicians try to reach an agreement to solve the fiscal crisis, President Obama keeps “moving the goalpost” when it comes to tax increases, according to the Republican Study Committee chairman-elect.

“As soon as a number is thrown out there, he keeps adding more to it because he has an insatiable appetite to spend money and to tax other people for it,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Tuesday.

He then pointed out that Obama himself had said three years ago that raising taxes in a bad economy would make things worse.

Scalise weighed in on the fiscal cliff talks at the American Enterprise Institute event “Conservatism in the 113th Congress: Views from the Republican Study Committee chairman and chairman-elect,” along with current RSC chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). The RSC is the House Republican caucus, made up of more than 170 members, which advocates for socially and economically conservative legislation.

The chairman-elect said President Obama was unwilling to put any spending cuts on the table, but instead wanted an unlimited debt ceiling increase. Jordan also mentioned that Republicans had yet to see “one dime of the promised cuts in the last debt ceiling agreement.”

While Jordan agreed that tax increases are not the solution to the fiscal crisis, he added that Republicans needed to have a message to offer as an alternative. “You need that inspiring thing that you can take to the American people and say, ‘This is going to help every single family,'” he said. “We don’t — I don’t think — have that message right now.”

Scalise also spoke of the fiscal responsibility that Republicans had demonstrated, allowing them to keep control of the House in the 2012 election.

“We were reelected with a mandate not only to continue to be in charge of the House, but to be that only line of defense against a radical administration,” he said. “So I think we know what our task is.”

As the fiscal cliff gets closer, it remains to be seen whether or not Republicans will be able to stand up to Obama and his administration.

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