That wasn't the first time Mayor Giuliani exhibited behavior that should bewilder fiscal conservatives. In early September, he introduced his tax-cut agenda in New Hampshire. Gathered on stage were men and women there to testify on how they would benefit from Giuliani's tax-cutting agenda. However, what transpired was a testament on how making the Bush tax cuts permanent would help each family. While the Bush tax cuts are an element of Giuliani's agenda, so are they also a part of every major Republican candidate's agenda. In this campaign, Giuliani has yet to offer a forward-looking specific tax proposal. There is nothing new here.
Mayor Giuliani's actions have cast doubt on his commitment to the low-tax, economic conservatism that have been a basic pillar of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan. He refuses to sign the no-tax pledge – a pledge that has become emblematic of the conservative movement. He raises the prospect of tax increases to address Social Security's fiscal problems. He shows economic naïveté when he offhandedly states that he would offset the costs of one huge tax cut with further tax cuts. Simply put, Mayor Giuliani has failed to produce a forward-looking, pro-growth fiscal agenda.