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April 14th, 2009

Latham: Higher Taxes Will Not Lead to Economic Recovery

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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lathamIowa Congressman Tom Latham cautioned against raising taxes in the midst of an economic recession on Tuesday, the day before Americans across the country must file their federal tax returns.

Congressman Latham noted that Congressional spending through March increased government spending by over 80 percent, creating the largest single-year deficit in the nation’s history. At a time when America’s families are slashing their budgets to weather this crisis, Congress should be doing the same, he said. Congressman Latham said the growing outcry among the American people is evidenced by a nationwide grassroots movement to organize TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Parties on April 15.

Congressman Latham’s statement follows:

“Americans everywhere are frustrated by the explosion of wasteful spending in Washington over the last few months, and I share their disappointment and unease as the national deficit continues to soar. Congressional leaders have made it clear that taxpayers and future generations will bear the burden of Washington’s unsustainable spending, which will only deepen the economic pain gripping American families.

“Congress and the federal government must eliminate the irresponsible use of American tax dollars and avoid wasteful legislation such as the Wall Street bailout and the stimulus package. I’ll continue to push for fiscally responsible policies based on sound economic principles that will lead us through this time of economic uncertainty and back toward prosperity. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to chart a course forward and prove to the American people that Congress can put progress before partisanship.

“To the American taxpayers who will be left to foot the bill for Washington’s spending spree, I want you to know that I stand with you and share your demands for fiscal responsibility. Raising taxes is never the answer to an economic recession. I’ve heard your message loud and clear, and I hope my colleagues in Congress and the congressional leadership are paying attention as well.”

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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