Blessed Are the Poor--They Don't Get Tax Cuts

There are moments in public life when all is revealed, when the true priorities of a politician or a political party--as opposed to the boilerplate and blather--stand naked in the public square. George W. Bush had one last week. The White House and the Republican congressional leaders were desperate to squeeze the Bush tax cut into the $350 billion limit set by the Senate. There were plenty of ways to do this; all sorts of accounting flummeries had already been perpetrated, but a final tweak was needed. So the Republicans decided that the working poor, who pay little or no income...

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