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Democrats and Tax Cuts: Same Old Story

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, February 16, 2001

Democrats and Tax Cuts: Same Old Story

Congressional Democrats yesterday trotted out their tax-cut proposals to counter the plan announced by President Bush. Amazingly, freshman New Jersey Sen. John Corzine, a multi-millionaire who many believe bought his Senate seat by spending tens of millions of his own money, said the Bush tax plan was unfair because too many of the rich get too much. He wants the middle class and poor to get the breaks. But the middle class doesn't pay most of the taxes and the poor don't pay any. It's the same old story.

Corzine said he was lucky to make his millions. So much for the concept of hard work. He makes it sound like he won the New Jersey lottery. If Corzine is so concerned that the poor and middle class don't have enough money, why doesn't he and his rich friends who believe as he does, give them their own money? Why must government be the great wealth distributor? The answer, of course, is that this is the only way politicians keep themselves in power. With the government collecting more than ever, are the poor less poor? Has the middle class moved up? Cut taxes for everyone who pays taxes is the right approach.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.