Surrounded by friends and allies, Congressman Bill Owens let slip his true intentions for getting re-elected this year: He wants to raise taxes on hard working Americans.
"As we go forward, really, one of the things we need to do is to increase revenue," said Owens, as quoted in The Post-Star. "It can be done in a couple of different ways, but ultimately we do need to raise taxes and we do need to do things that also reduce spending, but in a responsible way."
Matt Doheny, the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties' candidate, has vowed to oppose any effort to increase the income tax rates of people and businesses.
"I applaud my opponent for his honesty. Bill Owens wants another term to continue his push to "increase revenue,' and "raise taxes,'" said Doheny. "It's consistent with his record. One of his first votes in Congress was for ObamaCare, which includes $675 billion in tax hikes. He also supported his party's budget, which included an additional $500 billion tax increase."
Doheny continued: "Our federal government spent more than $1 trillion more than it's raised for every year my opponent has been in office. Our national debt has increased $3.88 trillion during his tenure. He voted against requiring Congress to balance its budget, just like average Americans do. So why exactly does my opponent think we should trust him to be more responsible with our hard-earned tax dollars when he's proven the exact opposite for years?"
The candidate concluded: "Each week, my opponent shows a little more of his true colors. Unemployment has increased in each of the 11 counties my opponent represents since he took over, but he accepts no fault. Instead, he blames public sector job losses -- as if the private sector is doing fine. I've met thousands of leaders in business on the campaign trail. I've yet to hear one say, "Go ahead and raise my taxes and create more regulation. That'll help me grow my business and create jobs.'"
"This election will be about a choice between less government and lower taxes versus the tax-and-spend policies of President Obama and Bill Owens, who have put us through the worst recovery from a recession since World War II. It's time for a change."