Republicans used their Saturday address to pledge efforts to revamp the nation's tax code.
"Let's face it: the IRS tax code is still a nightmare. It is too complex, too costly and too unfair," said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. "There is something fundamentally wrong when roughly 60 percent of hardworking taxpayers have to hire a professional just to do their taxes. You shouldn't need an army of lawyers and accountants to understand our tax code. We need a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that's designed for taxpayers."
Camp gave no specifics. Here are some of his comments:
"That's why we have to start to work on real solutions to return accountability to our tax code by eliminating special interest loopholes. I believe in a simple principle. When it comes to the tax code, everyone should play by the same rules. Your tax rate should be determined by what's fair, not who you know in Washington.
"The simple truth is that we are in this fiscal mess because Washington takes too much of your money and then wastes it. That's the real problem – and it needs a real solution. We have to make sure Washington is accountable for every tax dollar it spends. We have to make sure that your money is spent efficiently and effectively.
"Unfortunately, the spending problem is getting worse, not better. Under President Obama we've had four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. Our national debt is now over $16 trillion. We're crushing today's small businesses and the next generation of Americans under a mountain of debt. We're selling their future, and our country's financial independence, to China.
"Many of our Democrat colleagues just don't seem to get it. Throughout the fiscal cliff discussions, the President and the Democrats who control Washington repeatedly refused to take any meaningful steps to make Washington live within its means. That position is irresponsible and fails to acknowledge what every family in America already knows – when you have no more money in your account and your credit cards are maxed out, then the spending must stop.
"Well, that is the current financial reality facing America. As we turn our attention toward future discussions on the debt limit and the budget, we must identify responsible ways to tackle Washington's wasteful spending."
To view the address: http://www.youtube.com/HouseConference