Friday, October 08, 2004

W. on Taxes: the Rich Cheat so Let's Not Raise Their Taxes

This may be the worst against raising taxes on the wealthy in the history of taxation. Here's Bush in Pennsylvania on 10/6.

[Kerry] "says the tax increase is only for the rich. You've heard that kind of rhetoric before. Rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason: to stick you with the tab."

Well why don't we enforce the tax laws so they rich can't dodge paying their freaking taxes? Hmmm? This arguement, that people will find ways around the law so let's change it instead of enforcing it, could be used to legalize any illegal behavior, from illegal immigration to drug use. "We, gee, we can't stop these determined people, so let's not even try. If we just change the law then they won't be criminals anymore."

That's a moist pile of dog shit whether we're talking about herion, illegal workers, prostitution or tax dodgers. It's the kind of argument people use when they don't have a leg to stand on.

As Edwards would say, let me be clear, we should raise taxes on wealthy households. We should raise taxes on unearned income. We have a structural deficit and a mindboggling amount of liability coming due as the Boomers retire. We have to fund the war and increased security at home. The money has to come from somewhere. We have to tax the rich for the same reason Willy Sutton robbed banks, "because that's where the money is."

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