Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Kerry's tax policies are, well, taxing.
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

If you look at John Kerry's website, and base your vote on that information alone, you would come to no conclusion other than casting your vote for Kedwards. So... here is my official warning. Don't bet your country's future on what this guy's website says. Better yet, as most of you reading this will probably already agree with me, make sure that you are informed on the differences between what the mass media allows Kerry to claim to the public and what Kerry is actually saying he will do. For example:

If you go to the Kerry Website, you can find this page outlining his 'plans' and 'goals' for the economy. (Warning, this is in fact a link to johnkerry.com. You may be scarred for life by the content!) One of the more striking claims that he makes about taxes is:

Cut Middle-Class Taxes To Raise Middle-Class Incomes
When John Kerry is president, middle-class taxes will go down. Ninety-eight percent of all Americans and 99 percent of American businesses will get a tax cut under the Kerry-Edwards plan.

Well, isn't that just great! Almost everyone you know will get a tax cut! Who wouldn't vote for this guy!

But, wait! Hasn't he claimed that he will also cut the national deficit? Why, yes, he has. On the exact same page, he states:
Make Washington Live Within A Budget
John Kerry will cut the deficit in half during his first four years in office. He will end corporate welfare as we know it, roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and impose a real cap to keep spending in check. And when John Kerry puts forward a new idea, he'll tell you how he's going to pay for it.


Well, I really wish that he would tell us how he is going pay for reducing the deficit while giving almost all businesses and taxpayers a tax cut. I can assure you that he won't reduce spending. That is sacrilege in the Democratic Party, unless it's a cut in the DOD. From what I can tell, he is going to have to really, really, really raise taxes on the top two percent of taxpayers and the top percent of businesses. If he is to meet his goals, he would have to impose a crippling tax on those top taxpayers. That's just not a good idea. But, that is what he claims to want to do by 'rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans'. To me, this seems like an attempt to gain popularity from the masses by acting like Robin Hood. Why doesn't he just just run around the forest in green tights and practice his archery. But, we all know that can't happen. First, John Edwards is way too obsessed with his hair to be anything like Friar Tuck, and Ta-ray-za is the farthest (and richest) thing from a damsel-in-distress.

So, what can we expect from Mr. Kerry if gains control over our country's tax policy? Well, the Americans for Tax Relief have a Press Release that effectively shows what is likely to happen. The biggest piece of evidence against the claims on his website is probably this statement:
WASHINGTON - After campaigning for over a year on a promise to raise taxes on only the "rich," John Kerry has finally made his plans crystal clear yesterday; he wants to stick middle class Americans with a huge tax hike.

In a speech yesterday, Kerry told his audience that he plans to follow Bill Clinton's model and do, "the same thing that we set out to do in 1993, and I was there and I voted for it,I know how we did it." They "did it"with the largest tax increase in American history.


Perhaps the reason why Bill Clinton was able to implement a huge tax hike and get away with it was because our economy was just entering the tech boom that would be an unstoppable force for the next 6 or 7 years. Though we do still have some amazing technologies that are emerging, the tech industry of today will not be able to keep us from tax increase induced economic stagnation as it did in the early nineties.

So, yet another case of 'nuanced' position on policy. Kerry needs a little bit of straight shooting practice. With how much wobbling he does, I'd be surprised if he could shoot the broad side of a barn if he were standing inside it. My question is: Where's the 'Media' on this??? Like always, they are too busy digging through the trash bins in Crawford and behind the White House to provide the American people with actual useful information. Shame on them...

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