Just As I Thought

It’s called re-distributing wealth

The most impressive thing about the new Republicans is their ability to take a stand firmly on both sides of an issue.
Senate Republicans are so gung-ho to pass a massive tax cut for the rich that they have decided to raise taxes to make it possible! From today’s Post:

Senate Republicans, struggling to make more room for President Bush’s cherished tax cut plan in their annual budget, yesterday settled on an unusual and controversial solution: raise taxes elsewhere.

Under White House pressure to include at least a bare-bones version of Bush’s bid to eliminate the tax on corporate dividends, Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and fellow committee Republicans broke from their no-new-taxes orthodoxy to propose tax increases on Americans living abroad, companies sheltering income overseas and others. All told, committee members approved more than 30 tax increases or other revenue raisers to help fund their tax cuts in other areas, including dividends.

Americans working overseas would be hit the hardest: the bill would no longer allow them to exclude $80,000 in income from federal taxes. That provision alone would amount to a $32 billion tax increase.

“This is a big tax increase” for oil and gas workers from Louisiana who work overseas, Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) said.

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