Bush: Rich Avoid Taxes, So Let's Give Them Tax Cuts

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THE PLANK FEBRUARY 10, 2008

Bush: Rich Avoid Taxes, So Let's Give Them Tax Cuts

When Chris Wallace sits down for a not-quite-Valentine's Day love fest with President Bush, you can be sure there will be some fun moments. This one caught my eye:

WALLACE: How does [McCain] overcome all of
that and...

BUSH: Because there's two big issues. One is, who's
going to keep your taxes low? Most Americans feel overtaxed and I
promise you the Democrat party is going to field a candidate who says
I'm going to raise your tax.

If they're going to say, oh, we're only going to tax
the rich people, but most people in America understand that the rich
people hire good accountants and figure out how not to necessarily pay
all the taxes and the middle class gets stuck.

We've had -- we've been through this drill before.
We're only going to tax the rich and all you have to do is look at the
history of that kind of language and see who gets stuck with the bill.

What a truly remarkable answer. The Democrats want to raise rates on the wealthiest Americans, but Bush is saying that in fact this will screw the middle class because the rich have ways to avoid paying taxes. The obvious question is, then, why has Bush spent so much time giving tax cuts to the rich?!?!

--Isaac Chotiner

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