Democrats can play semantic games all they want by saying the rich get more actual dollars back with the tax cuts, but that's shamelessly misleading. In the first place, they don't get any money "back," because tax cuts just mean they pay a lower percentage of their earnings to the government. It is their money, and the amount they save on the "cuts" is money they will never pay in, not money they will actually get back.
Of course the amount of money the upper income groups are spared from paying in due to the cuts is much greater, in actual dollars, than the amount spared lower income groups because the higher income earners are paying so much more in actual (and percentage) dollars.
Only the fraudulent or willfully ignorant can claim the tax code or the Bush cuts disproportionately benefit the wealthy when the top 10 percent pay two-thirds of the revenues and the bottom half of earners pay very little at all. Indeed, how could lower income groups save much money from tax cuts when they pay so little in, if any, in the first place?
Third, Democrats say the economy has been sluggish under President Bush. This, also, is false. The best-kept secret of the current age is that the Bush economy is and has been very strong, with current growth rates of 4.8 percent -- notwithstanding the enormous shocks on the economy the last five-and-half years, another point Bolton emphasized.
Democrats are famous for accusing President Bush of dividing, not uniting, the nation. But the truth is that the Democrats are the ones always pitting people against each other based on racial, gender and economic differences.
The American dream and America's remarkable success have not been based on suspiciousness, envy and covetousness between groups, but the ideal that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed and that one's success does not mean another's failure.
It appears President Bush will persist in ignoring the class warriors and press forward with his plan to extend his tax cuts. If so, I trust, he'll be aided enormously by press secretary Tony Snow in making his case.
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