A Tax Cut's Tough Crowd

A key piece of President Bush's economic plan, ending the tax on dividends, is getting the silent treatment from what is typically a core source of support for this White House: the business world. The last time the idea was raised, during Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax-reform effort, big corporations actively fought it because they didn't want shareholders to hound them for dividends when they would rather invest the money elsewhere. This time most companies have kept quiet--in part, congressional sources say, because they fear getting on the wrong side of a White House that is known to have a long memory....

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