Monday, July 2, 2012

Bush League: Taxing Questions for Obama

Read my lips, no new taxes.
President George  H.W. Bush, 1988 Republican National Convention
I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your capital gains tax, not any of your taxes.  Not one single one. Not one single dime. I repeat: not a single dime.
Barack Obama, 2008 Presidential campaign
July 2, 2012 – What will President Obama say at the 2012 Democrat Convention on the issue of taxes?   Will he call his increase in middle class taxes “penalties,” “fees,” or “fines”for  free riders?  Will he note that it will take 16,500 new IRS agents to collect these penalties, fees, and fines?   Will he define what a “single dime” means in today’s economy?   Will he question what Chief Justice Roberts meant when he asserted the individual mandate was constitutional because it represented a “tax” and the federal government  has the  power to tax.

The questions Obama must answer are:
When does a tax become a tax?
How do you counter Republican tax attacks?
How do you respond to tax wisecracks,
of the GOP trying to stop you in your tracks,
with nasty and unseemly cracks about negative impacts,
which vary with your interpretation of "the facts"?
What do you say to those who say
at every campaign stop each day,?
What if your law acts like a tax,
looks like a tax,
swims like a tax,
and like a tax quacks.
it’s a tax.

If it is not a tax,

Can the middle class relax?

Why avoid the  word "taxes"?

Because it turns people on their political axis.
You can't say,of course, that  loose lips,
in the past have sunk Presidential ships.
No,  but you can  say you suffer from partisan fatigue.
And their remarks are strictly Bush league.
Tweet:   If it acts like a tax,  looks like a tax, swims like a tax, and like a tax quacks, it is not a tax, it is something else.

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