Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Bush asks wealthy to do their part for the war effort by accepting massive tax cuts.
Via Calpundit, I read this story in the Chicago Tribune.
New tax-cut argument: It's for the soldiers
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials and their allies in Congress have unveiled a new argument for President Bush's $725 billion tax-cut package: to help the troops fighting in Iraq.
Bush's tax cuts have been under fire by critics who assert the nation cannot afford to give up revenue at the same time it engages in a war whose duration and costs are unknown. But White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the cuts are needed specifically "so that when our men and women in the military return home, they'll have jobs to come home to."
"It's the latest example of the White House trying to opportunistically seize on whatever argument might sound like it works to sell the tax cut," said Robert Greenstein, director of the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Bush's attempt to link the tax cuts to the war bucks that trend and turns around the notion of patriotism, Greenstein said.
"There's an undertone of questioning the patriotism of those who question the tax cuts," Greenstein said. "Never before in the nation's history have we had tax cuts, especially for high-income people, when we were going to war."
House Republicans have embraced the portrayal of support for the tax cuts as patriotic.
"There is a war going on," Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said in defense of Bush's tax cuts on Capitol Hill. "When those men and women come home from the battlefield, we want a growing economy so that those folks will have jobs."
These people in the White House have no shame. Hey, I have another idea about how we can support the troops: Don�t cut veteran�s benefits to give more money to the rich.